These are unprecedented times we live in. The world is in crisis mode and things are uncertain now, with countries under lockdown, major events being cancelled or postponed worldwide to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Here in Malaysia, the healthcare providers and other frontliners are fighting a daily battle to help prevent the spread of this unfortunate situation. Many lives and businesses have gone ‘topsy-turvy’ as everyone tries to cope with this challenge. Amidst all that has been happening, it would be easy for us to be dragged down – physically, mentally and emotionally. But as Sarawakians, we have always persevered. We should not only try to look for but must see how this scenario can lead to many positive outcomes.
One such heartening story is the proactive move taken by the Riverside Majestic Hotel (Astana Wing) which had allocated a total of 50 rooms for medical frontliners from the Sarawak State Health Department to rest their weary bodies after their long shifts. This has been made possible by the collaboration with Chong Realty Estate, also providing transportation to make it easier and safer for our medical heroes to fight the battle
A few hotels and buildings in Kuching have also lit up their buildings with heart-shaped designs to share a message of love for all during this challenging time.
"We believe during this difficult time, it is important to be there for one another. Carrying on with whatever aspects of work that we can, must be ‘with a heart’. This we already clearly see from the medical personnel and many other frontliners. Now, other organisations have also stepped up to contribute,” said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive Officer Puan Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor.
“It is wonderful to see how these organisations have come together with such acts of kindness, taking responsibility for the comfort and wellbeing of our hardworking frontliner ‘heroes’, who have put their own lives on the line, for the public good. We send our thoughts, love and prayers to all frontliners to be safe and strong. By supporting each other, together, we can fight this,” added Sharzede.