Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical, Electronic & Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

COVID-19 Silver Lining… Front Liner… Back Liner…

It must have been tiresome for almost everyone and stressful to some for having to stay at home under the Movement Control Order (MCO) in order to break the chain of the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak. Staying at home does not mean that the search for knowledge and support must stop. As all of us know, knowledge is key to success but with these MCO situations, we have got introduced to a new way of working, lifestyle and a new normal.

Hats off to our front liners in combating COVID19!

While we adhered to the MCO by staying at home, they have been working hard, battling fatigue, rain, and the hot sun for all for us and for our beloved country. Having to stay home does not mean not doing anything. So, what can we do to help? There are plenty of things that can be done to help ease the burden of the people working in the frontline during this devastating pandemic. One is by helping to produce face shields and mask extenders to be worn by our front liners, while combating COVID-19. 

As the world battles against this pandemic, a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is likely to happen soon in Malaysia. The Coronavirus can travel through droplets in the air; thus, the face shield is a must for every front liners working intensely to contain the spread. Therefore, with the concerted effort from the staff of the Department of Electrical, Electronic & Systems Engineering (JKEES), Faculty of Engineering & Build Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and the IEEE MyIPS, face shields and extenders have been produced using 3D Printers.

This effort could not have happened without the sponsorships of various donors especially Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Prof. Emerita Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin of The NATIONAL COUNCIL of WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS (NCWO) & Prof. Dr. Dayang Anita Abdul Aziz (NCWO Rep & Faculty of Medicine, UKM), PUSAT IDEA, UCTC, FKAB, SERI (Prof. Dato’ Dr. Kamaruzzaman Sopian), UKM, JKEES members (Assoc Prof Dr. Gan Kok Beng – Leader, Prof. Dr. Aini Hussain, Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Syuhaimi Ab Rahman, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sawal Hamid Md Ali, Assoc. Prof. Ir Dr. Nasharuddin Zainal, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainuddin Sajuri, Dr. Intan Fadhlina Mohamed, Dr. Iskandar Yahya, Dr. Mohd Faisal Ibrahim, Dr. Mohd Hairi Mohd Zaman, En Mohd Huzairi Johari, Cik Aida Baharuddin, Cik Nor Jaziha Mat Jalil, En Mohd Rokhaizat Jamaluddin and En Muhd Nuurul Iman Osman Talib for their unconditional support in making this happen.

The togetherness and unconditional support towards our front liners have enabled them to support us better. Hence, it helped us to ensure healthy livings and nurture societal harmony in the country.

Check the multimedia version of the COVID-19 Personality of the Month at the link below: