DILI, 29 february 2021 (TATOLI)– Timor-Leste receive a donation of 70,000 pieces of 3-ply face masks from the Government of Malaysia and its to be distributed to front liners and Timorese residents to help limit the spread of Covid-19.
Malaysia Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Sarimah Akbar presented the gift to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Julião da Silva at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office, Praia dos Coquiros Dili.
“The Covid-19 virus does not recognize or differentiate whether you are rich or poor, of if your country is is the west of east. As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has vastly affected the livelihood of humanity,”
“We applaud the government of Timor-Leste for its quick action to contain the pandemic from reading widely in this country and proactive measures in keeping the people safe and we recognize the importance of active collaborations and sacrifice from the health practitioners, doctors, nurses, laboratory expert down to the hospital assistants and sanitation workers, they are our front liner in support of the war against this pandemic,” Ambassador Sarimah said.
Ambassador Akbar in her speech, said, she hopes this contribution of 70.000 pieces of face masks from the Government and people of Malaysia to Timor-Leste will help keep face masks will help keep the front-liners and the public safe.
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Julião da Silva thanked the government of Malaysia for the support stressing that, this gesture symbolizes the very good intention of helping they neighbor.
“On behalf of the Government and the People of Timor-Leste I extend my gratitude appreciation to the Government of Malaysia with a hope that together we can face this global challenge,” Vice-Minister, Julião da Silva said.
Mr. Silva highlighted the relationship between Timor-Leste and Malaysia during the pandemic time, where Timor-Leste has Chosen Malaysia as destination country for transits and hospital referral activities.
Despite of the number of cases rise in the world, Malaysia is still under control although it is undeniable that the new cases still increase, while Timor-Leste has rising cases with relatively very much smaller “thus we need to be careful and continues to seriously observe the health protocol to contribute to the good of our world “Vice Minister said.
In Spite this donation is part of Malaysia’s Humanitarian Aid Initiative, contributions extended to Timor-Leste in time of need at both bilateral and multilateral level.