KUALA LUMPUR May 20: The government of Malaysia and Bangladesh had discussed the potential defence cooperation between the two countries and the operations of the Hospital Medan Malaysia (HMM) in Cox’s Bazaar during the four day visit of Deputy Minister of Defence, Senator Liew Chin Tong to Bangladesh recently.
Chin Tong’s courtesy call to the Defence and Security Advisor to Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Major General Tarique Ahmed Siddique on May 14 had also discussed on the problems of Bangladesh workers in Malaysia and touched on the fast economic development of the country.
On the commitment of Ministry of Defence’s (Mindef) staff working in HMM, Cox’s Bazaar, Chin Tong said: “Our staffs are making Malaysia well known through humanitarian work. Their efforts become a platform for the government to help Bangladesh Government and the international community to stop refugee problems from becoming a crisis of the region.”
During the visit, Chin Tong also delivered a speech on “US and China Relations in Multipolar World” to 100 officers including Colonels and Brigadier Generals at the National Defence College Bangladesh.
The deputy minister was also briefed by Steven Corliss, representative of United Nations High Commission in Dhaka at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the situation of the Rohingya refugees at Cox’s Bazaar.
“On May 16, Chin Tong and Malaysian delegates met the authorities of Cox’s Bazaar Camp and visited the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and non food distribution centre.
“The Malaysian delegates also met and discussed with the representative of the Rohingya community from Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights with members consisting of community leaders, women, youth and teachers that were present at the camp,”said Mindef in its statement here today.
The statement added, the HMM in Cox Bazaar is managed by the Royal Health Corps (KKD) and it is at Level 3 that plays important role in the government’s effort to react on the Rohingya refugees’ crisis
“Up to date there are 55 medical staffs from Mindef who are working under Ops STARLIGHT 3: and their tenure changes once in every six months since November 20, 2017.
“They work closely with the government of Bangladesh, Military Force of Bangladesh and several non- governmental organizations (NGO) and international bodies,” said the statement. –Malaysia World News