Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia donates over 1,000 sets of PPE for medical frontliners at the hospital.
Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), the professional body for architects in Malaysia, has handed over 1,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical frontliners in Hospital Serdang recently.
PAM’s Architect members and staff donated the funds for the materials in this joint collaboration with the Malaysia Bumiputra Designer Association (MBDA), whose volunteers designed and sewed the PPE.
At the ceremony, Hospital Serdang’s Deputy Director (Management), Puan Nur Aiena binti Othman thanked PAM and MBDA for their contribution of the 1,000 PPE as the fight against COVID-19 is not over yet, so the hospital is still in need of PPE.
PAM Community & Social Responsibility Chair, Ar Mumtazah Mustajab, who handed over the PPE at the hospital said, “We are grateful for the noble efforts of our medical frontliners who are working tirelessly to deal with the outbreak.”
She said the donation of PPE is one of PAM’s initiatives during the MCO/CMCO period, which included rallying architect and engineer volunteers to assist the Government in identifying buildings to be converted into temporary quarantine centres.
According to PAM President, Ar. Lillian Tay, the public health crisis has compelled a revisit on how we design our buildings, homes, and workplaces as well as our living environment, especially in big cities.
“We need to ensure that we will have a more sustainable, more resilient urban lifestyle in the post-COVID future, where our people can continue to live, work and play without totally disrupting our jobs, livelihood and the economy, when the nation is faced with any future public health crisis.”
As such, PAM President calls on city authorities to also focus on this aspect for healthier cities and towns, in setting out the Structure Plan and Local Plans for our cities.
Puan Nur Aiena (in red) of Hospital Serdang receiving the PPE from Ar. Mumtazah representing PAM.
“We need our Government and our local authorities to ensure there are more easily accessible urban parks and public squares in our increasingly high-rise, dense cities and to ensure that when we live and work in the city, we are always within walking distance of green open areas.”
Besides accidents at work, such pandemic situations also now pose a health and safety risk, says the PAM President.
Just like the cashiers in supermarkets, shopkeepers, and food sellers in hawkers centres, mamak stalls or food-trucks, architects and engineers are also frontliners, in a smaller way, being in the building industry, doing their duties inspecting construction works on site. Besides accidents at work, such pandemic situations also pose a health and safety risk, the PAM President said.
She added that PAM has called for the forthcoming COVID-19 Bill to provide temporary relief measures, such as short-term insurance coverage. This will help employers to protect their employees who may face additional health risks in their jobs as businesses start to operate and return to normal before the public health situation is over.
“The pandemic crisis has also brought to light the conditions of construction workers’ housing. Our authorities through CIDB, Ministry of Works and Ministry of Human Resources have already in place regulations and standards on workers’ housing including the latest amendments passed last year to the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing & Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446).”
“However, the recent issues on outbreaks in workers’ housing show there is a need for increased enforcement to ensure that such regulations are adhered to by their employers.
“These include the contractors or labour sub-contractors who are responsible for ensuring that construction workers are always properly housed and not just in the present COVID-19 pandemic,” she added.