Malaysians Contribute Over RM250,000 in 10 Days Through ‘Tabung COVID-19 by Boost’
Malaysians rally to show support for frontliners keeping the pandemic at bay
Kuala Lumpur, 8 April 2020 – Between 21 to 31 March 2020, Malaysians contributed a total of RM258,921.30 to the ‘Tabung COVID-19 by Boost’ fund to aid frontliners in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. These donations have been channelled to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) special COVID-19 fund to purchase medical equipment, medicines, reagents, disposable items, and other medical necessities such as Personal Protective Equipment that are vital for medical workers to contain the novel coronavirus.
Donations continue to pour into the fund. As of 5 April, total contributions have exceeded RM300,000 and continue to grow.
Expressing his gratitude, MOH Secretary General Dato’ Seri Dr. Chen Chaw Min said, “The Ministry of Health especially the hospitals, clinics and patients are truly grateful for the immense generousity of Boost as a caring corporate organisation. We appreciate your support and solidarity with us to combat COVID-19.”
Boost, a subsidiary of Axiata Digital Services and part of the larger Axiata Group Bhd, launched the donation fund as part of its #BoostGotYou campaign. With the extended MCO period, Boost is determined to drive more innovative solutions through its e-wallet that will help make staying at home comfortable for the duration.
Malaysians can continue to lend a hand and donate to ‘Tabung COVID-19 by Boost’ directly in-app by tapping on the ‘Tabung Covid-19’ tile on the Boost home screen and entering the desired amount to be donated.
Users can also make a contribution to the fund using their ‘Boost Coins’. To do this, under the ‘Profile’ tab, simply tap on ‘Browse Rewards’ and select ‘Donation’. Then choose from the options available to confirm your donation. Steps on how to contribute to the fund can also be found on Boost’s official Instagram profile (@myboostapp).
“It is very uplifting to see how Malaysians come together during a time of crisis and it shows how the nation is ready to embrace digital technology as not only a means for doing good, but also a new way of life. The amount we’ve collected in just 10 days for MOH to keep up the battle against the killer virus is very encouraging and I hope Malaysians will continue to donate what they can spare to help save lives,” said Mohd Khairil Abdullah, CEO of Boost.
“While our frontliners work tirelessly to protect Malaysians from this deadly pandemic, all of us can play our part by observing the MCO. Boost and other digital providers have created services for Malaysians to be able to carry out daily tasks without having to leave the safety of their homes. Let us do our individual parts to support the sacrifices our frontliners are making for the country,” he added.
The second phase of funds received from 1 April to 30 April 2020 will be distributed between MOH and various NGOs actively looking after communities directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tabung COVID-19 by Boost is the first of five (5) initiatives under the #BoostGotYou campaign. As the other four initiatives under the #BoostGotYou campaign are launched in the coming days, Malaysians will be able to gain easy access to all their daily essentials like ordering food and groceries; pay bills and top up their prepaid phone plans; stay entertained with streaming content as well as games; and protect themselves through COVID-19 insurance coverage.
Information about the four upcoming initiatives under the #BoostGotYou campaign will be announced soon. Further details can be found by following Boost’s official social media channels on Facebook and Instagram as well as www.myboost.com.my.