KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian humanitarian aid at Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh that is due to end in December 2019 will be reviewed according to the latest situation of the Rohingya refugees’ there.
Defence Minister, Mohamad Sabu said, the continuity of the humanitarian aid at Cox’s Bazaar which started in 2017 specifically aimed at giving medical aid and care to about 1.1 million Rohingya refugees will be reviewed and decided by the Cabinet next year.
“The government should have a proper plan if the humanitarian aid for the Rohingyas and the Bangladesh citizens is to be continued,” Mohamad said to the media after delivering his keynote address at “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief – A Shared Responsibility Conference organised by MIDAS-KAS here today (Aug.27).
He also urged other rich countries in the Middle East besides Saudi Arabia, United Emirates and Brunei to participate in the humanitarian aid in Bangladesh.
The humanitarian aid in Cox’s Bazaar is headed by the Ministry of Defence’s Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and other local NGOs.
In his speech, Mohamad stressed that Malaysia has been helping countries in need of humanitarian assistance at the regional and international level conducted under the context of bilateral relations through financial contributions or in kind.
“In anticipation of the need for better coordination and interoperability across the region, Malaysia initiated and advocated the formation of ASEAN Militaries Ready Group (AMRG) on “Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).
“We currently agreed to have the term of reference (TOR) adopted whilst the standard operating procedure (SOP) will be made available by end of the year,” he added.
Malaysia had participated in various disaster assistance and relief missions among others the aftermath of Acheh Tsunami in 2005, Padang Sumatera Earthquake in 2009 and 2013 typhoon Hayyan in the Philippines. -Malaysia World News