End of 2019, the world experienced the deadly infectious COVID-19 Pandemic. The virus has affected the Malaysian economy with most companies having their employees working from home, while some employees went on permanent leave. The direct damage caused by the virus can be seen in the tourism and travel industries, manufacturing, construction, mining, and agriculture, with many employees being fired or placed on unpaid leave.
Therefore, Johor Port Authority (JPA) has provided support to all front liners, hospitals, schools and community during the pandemic and post pandemic. During the pandemic, we provided essential supplies such as face masks, hand sanitizer, food and mineral water to several hospitals, One Stop Covid Assessment Centre (OSCAC), the police, and army personnel in an effort to help these front liners fight COVID-19.
In addition, JPA and Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) have set up an Industry Vaccination Centre (PPVIN) for maritime and logistics sector workers, in support of the national COVID-19 immunization program (PICK). The opening of this industry PPVIN is a great example of synergy between the authority and port operators to work together in fighting the the pandemic and providing safe working environment for the employees in the sector. JPA further supported hospitals and health centers.
For post pandemic, JPA contributed food aid and daily essential items to more than 10,000 people via food banks and direct contribution to identified recipients including nursing homes and orphanages. In addition, JPA provided and supplied cleaning, disinfecting material, and promoted hand hygiene programs in schools to reduce the risk of children exposure to the virus.