PM Najib: Malaysia will continue to defend Rohingya refugees’ rights

Najib at the humanitarian aid mission for Rohingya refugees “flag off” at RMAF Subang Airport on Saturday morning.

SUBANG: Malaysia will continue to give humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh besides using various platforms to help defend and secure their rights.

Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said, 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid in the form of medicine, food and daily requirements were sent to the Rohingya refugee camps via Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) aircraft A-400M today.

RMAF aircraft A-400M carrying 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

“The visit to Cox’s Bazar is headed by the Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor and accompanied by Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh, Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“Chief of MAF will make a feasibility study on the Field Hospital in Cox’s Bazar and forward a report to the Cabinet to decide the possible future aid that will be provided by the government,” Najib said after he flagged off the humanitarian aid mission at RMAF Subang Airport on Saturday morning.

Najib added, the visit to Cox’s Bazar is also in line with Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates that have donated equipments and medical supply to the Field Hospital.

“The effort made by Saudi Arabia and UAE to join Malaysia in facilitating the Field Hospital is a very good effort and solidarity amongst Muslim countries,” Najib said.

Meanwhile Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein hopes other countries will give similar aids to enable more patients could be treated at the Field Hospital.

HIshammuddin said, currently 3,768 patients have been treated at the Field Hospital that caters 50 to 100 beds and it looks very feasible.

Up to date, Malaysia has sent its hospital assets and medical equipments worth RM18 million to the Field Hospital.

Meanwhile the operational costs is RM3.5 million since it started its operation on 31st November 2017.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia, Shahidul Islam said, he appreciates Malaysia’s efforts to set up the Field Hospital in Cox’s Bazar that receives positive response from the Rohingya refugees and the people of Bangladesh.

“My hope is to ensure Rohingya refugees return to their country (Myanmar) safe and with dignity,” he said.

-Malaysia World News