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Datuk Hishammudin Tun Hussein

4 July 2021

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is receiving a generous donation from Brunei consisting of ventilators and Covid-19 test kits worth RM1.7 million.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein said the contribution is being placed in the Public Hospital of Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan starting this month.

"This invaluable contribution will provide added value assistance to our healthcare system in Labuan, Saban and Sarawak in managing the pandemic.

"Malaysia is highly appreciative of Brunei's continuous support in curbing the pandemic. With this contribution, I truly believe the existing special relations between the two countries will be further strengthened for the mutual benefit of our people," he said in a statement recently.

The statement was issued after he had a phone call with Brunei Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Setia Erywan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya.

According to Hishammuddin, he and the minister have also reiterated their commitment for the two countries to collaborate, continuously engage and assist each other, especially in the current situation amidst the pandemic.

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, Brunei has been one of the first countries to collaborate with Malaysia in mitigating the adverse impacts of Covid-19.

"Among others, Malaysia and Brunei have had a series of successful Covid-19 collaborations, particularly in the repatriation of Malaysians and Bruneians in Cambodia, Egypt, India, Saudia Arabia and Sri Lanka as well as facilitating returns of citizens to Malaysia and Brunei," he revealed.

Brunei's contribution showcases the close and special relations that have been established during 37 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, he added.

"This also shows the high commitment of both countries as ASEAN Member States in addressing the Covid-19 crisis."


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