COMPANIES … to supply PPEs to state health departments.

THIS CIRCULAR from the Ministry of Health to all state health department directors dated March 31 is seen to be developing into quite a hit among netizens.

Advising the state health officials dealing with Covid 19 cases of the Ministry’s procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by the Health Ministry headquarters and its disbursement.

This must come as a relief to frontliners, some of whom have informed of their reliance on contributions of PPEs from IMARET (Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia) and other NGOs.

The letter, signed by director of medical expansion Dr Norhizan Ismail, must come as a relief to even ministers such as Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamarudin, who was seen yesterday delivering contributions to patients at a hospital without the mininimum of face mask and glove, as per standard operating procedures (SOPs) imposed by the government on NGOs and those involved in voluntary aid and relief services during this Movement Control Order (MCO).

Zuraida risking contracting Covid 19 at a hospital yesterday.

However, much of the growing debate online is centred upon the list of companies the government has engaged to supply the PPEs to state health departments.

Of particular interest are the stars of previous era government contracts such as Pharmaniaga and textile firm Jakel.

A number of eyebrows, no doubt, have been raised, as the names of those linked to these companies are thrown about like stray bullets.

Make your own conclusions.