With most of us sitting at home feeling helpless, it's comforting to see that some of the biggest companies in Malaysia are pulling together to help us get through this medical crisis.
Proton, one of the most prominent companies in Malaysia is stepping up to the plate once again and will now produce face shields, an essential component of a health worker's Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) attire.
Repurposing themselves, production is set to begin on 13 April at PROTON's headquarters in Shah Alam with assembly to be undertaken by staff members who volunteered their services. The target is to produce 60,000 face shields, total production time is estimated to be approximately 20 days.
“As a national automotive brand, PROTON is driven by its responsibility to develop the local car industry and to support Malaysia and its people in their time of need. We have the know-how to produce cars so we are using that knowledge to produce PPE equipment to support the brave men and women at the frontline of the battle against the spread of COVID-19. The face shields will be delivered in batches and we will work closely with the Ministry to distribute them according to the level of need in each district,” said Dato’ Radzaif Mohamed, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of PROTON.
Following the regulations set by the Movement Control Order (MCO), PROTON has limited the number of staff involved in this production process. "The safety of everyone is of the utmost importance and therefore social distancing and sanitising practices will be strictly enforced on the production line,” added Dato’ Radzaif Mohamed.
This is not the first time Proton has volunteered to help out the frontliners, following the loan of 50 units of the Proton X70 to the Ministry of Health (MoH) earlier this week.