In light of its recent announcement of the expansion of its global Frontline Stays Initiative in Malaysia, Airbnb hosts across the nation have offered over 1,000 places to stay for healthcare staff and first responders.
The programme which has been endorsed by the Health Ministry provides Covid-19 frontline responders with convenient places to stay while they carry out their work.
Malaysia joins the ranks of Thailand, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand after local programmes in respective nations were announced as well.
Airbnb will also be partnering with local grassroots movement Homes4Heroes to match healthcare frontline responders with available stays.
Led by volunteers and civil society members from NGOs and movements such as Yayasan Chow Kit and Pulang Mengundi among others, the Homes4Heroes movement ensures medical personnel have comfortable housing and reliable transport.
“We are delighted to partner with Airbnb for the Frontline Stays programme in Malaysia as we uphold a shared mission to help find and provide accommodation to Covid-19 responders,” said Hanna Alkaf, Team Member, kitajagakita.com.
Cobnb Malaysia, a professional hospitality company taking care of multiple properties, was one of the first to sign up for the programme, making 50 of their homes available for stays.
“As Malaysians, we pride ourselves on being hospitable and welcoming hosts, and our frontliners deserve all the support we can offer for their incredible selflessness,” said Glenn Wong, managing director of Cobnb Malaysia.