KUALA LUMPUR DEC.30: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has contributed the basic necessary needs of the military staffs, veterans of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and the civil staffs of the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) who have been hit by the floods nationwide recently.
Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, UAE is the second country contributing to the Malaysians who have been impacted by the floods besides Saudi Arabia via King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.
Hishammuddin added, among the things contributed by UAE government include 2,000 praying mats, 1,000 holy Al-Quran, 2,000 ladies’ praying clothes, 1,000 baskets of dried food 10kg each, 1,000 rice bags 10kg. each, 4,000 bed sheets, 2,000 mattresses, 4,000 towels, 4,000 blankets, 4,000 pillows, 1,000 rice bags, 1,000 packets of cooking oil and 1,000 hygiene kits.
“I would also like to announce that five private companies including the defence industry companies under MINDEF have collected flood aids amounting to RM3.7 million including cash money and basic needs.
“The companies that have channelled the flood aids to MINDEF include Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT), Affin Bank, Boustead Group, Pharmaniaga and Sapura Group.
“The contributions received will not only be fully benefited and lessen the burden of the military and civil staffs of MINDEF but also the veterans of MAF who have been affected by the floods in several states,” Hishammuddin said in a statement here today.
The Senior Minister added, the aids include giving one-off cash money to them and this is an additional RM1,000 special aids that has been announced by the Prime Minister recently besides the aids contributed by each state government.
Hishammuddin also announced that on the whole MAF has mobilised its military staffs and assets to 86 locations nationwide to help the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and other related agencies to face the second wave of floods. This aid includes providing 115 officers, 2,768 staffs of different ranks, six units 7 tonne trucks, 160 units of 3 tonnes truck, 129 boats and 109 engine boats. –Malaysia World News