KUCHING: Public response to the blood donation campaign organised by the Malaysia Armed Forces Indian Veteran Association (Perim) Sarawak here today was very encouraging.
The event was held at Dewan Persatuan India Kuching.
Perim president Royal Malaysia Air Force (TUDM) Warrant Officer Rajendran Vadiveloo (R) said the campaign targeted around 100 blood donors.
“From the ATM Affairs Department, we have around 80 veterans and another 20 people from various agencies participating in the campaign,” he said.
The aim of the campaign was to stock up the supply in the blood bank of the Sarawak General Hospital.
Rajendran said the campaign was conducted according to the standard operating procedures (SOPs), such as wearing masks, practising social distancing and using the MySejahtera application for entry.
“Since Perim was established in 2013, this is the first programme we are organising to promote our association to the public,” he said.
Rajendran said currently, Perim had 27 members.
Padawan Municipal Council chairman and Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang also attended Perim’s blood donation campaign.
“I am glad that this morning, a lot of people are coming out to donate blood. They also complied with the SOPs of wearing masks and social distancing.
“I am not encouraging the holding of huge events, especially during the current Covid-19 situation, but then again, this is a blood donation and there are people who are sick and need blood to survive,” he said.
Lo thanked the people at the blood donation campaign for risking their lives to come out and donate their blood.