Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), the professional body for architects in Malaysia, has donated 1,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Serdang Hospital. The donation is a collaboration with the Malaysia Bumiputra Designer Association (MBDA), who designed and sewed the PPEs.
The donation of PPEs 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.
“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 economy. This is particularly crucial in case the nation is faced with another public health crisis,” said Lillian Tay, PAM President.
PAM President also calls on city authorities to also focus on this aspect in setting out the Structure Plans and Local Plans for our cities, for the sake of healthier cities and towns.
She added that there is a need for the government and local authorities to ensure there are more accessible urban parks and public squares due to increasingly high-rise, dense cities and to ensure that the civilians are always within walking distance of green open areas.
PAM has also called for the forthcoming COVID-19 Bill to provide temporary relief measures, which will provide relief for people who may face health risks in their jobs as businesses start to operate and return to normal before the public health situation is over.
– Construction+ Online