Sole oxygen supplier in Sabah given the nod to operate during MCO

Deputy Chief Minister Wilfred Madius Tangau (left) informing Sabah Oxygen general manager Lai Teck Yun of the federal government’s approval for his company to operate during the movement control order period.

KOTA KINABALU: Hospitals in Sabah have been assured of sufficient oxygen supply after the sole supplier in the state was granted federal approval to operate during the movement control order (MCO), said Deputy Chief Minister Wilfred Madius Tangau.

Tangau, who is also state trade and industry minister, said Sabah Oxygen Sdn Bhd had found it difficult to operate at full strength previously due to logistical setbacks in view of the MCO.

“We don’t have a problem with oxygen supply at the main hospitals at the moment as they are supplied in bulk but it is a challenge for rural hospitals needing cylinders of oxygen for patients, especially those suffering from Covid-19.

“However, Sabah Oxygen has provided about 80% of the oxygen cylinders needed, although it is not obliged under its contract to do so,” he said after a meeting with Sabah Oxygen general manager Lai Teck Yun yesterday.

Tangau also informed Lai of the approval given by the federal international trade and industry ministry to allow his company to operate as usual during the MCO.

Sabah Oxygen is among the 40 establishments allowed to operate during this period. The state trade and industry ministry had helped to secure the approval from the federal government.

Tangau said besides supplying oxygen to hospitals, the company also played a vital role in supplying nitrogen to oil and gas companies.

Nitrogen is critically needed when refilling gas tanks for domestic use, he added.

“This subsequently ensures an adequate supply of gas tanks for cooking purposes by the people during the duration of the MCO,” he said.