IPOH The Raja Permaisuri of Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim today officiated the inauguration of the handwashing kiosk, an initiative of Mercy Malaysia in collaboration with Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank), to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The launching ceremony of the Handwashing Kiosk Project for selected schools in Malaysia took place at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tasek Damai here.
Mercy Malaysia president Datuk Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus said his team selected 32 schools nationwide for the first phase of this project to raise awareness of COVID-19 and inculcate a new culture for students.
“About 17 handwashing kiosks have already been built, while the rest are still waiting their turn. In Perak, a total of 10 schools were selected for these kiosks to be built,” he told reporters after the opening ceremony.
Among the schools listed for the first phase of the project include SMK Rembau, Negeri Sembilan; SMK Simpang Renggam, Kluang, Johor; SMK Telok Mas, Melaka and SMK Tengku Mahmud, Besut, Terengganu.
Elaborating further, Dr Faizal said the construction of the kiosk differed according to the suitability of the location. It involved a cost of about RM4,000 to RM7,000 ,including sinks, water pipes and soap cradles.
He said the construction cost was sponsored by Maybank, and he hoped that more parties would come forward to provide sponsorship so that the project could be expanded.
“The schools were selected based on several criteria including a large number of students and locations in high-risk districts of COVID-19 infection, among others.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency