PETALING JAYA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today flagged off the Rohingya Humanitarian Aid Mission and special delegation to visit Malaysian field hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, at the Subang military air base, here.
The team comprised 57 representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) and seven members of the media, led by ATM chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh.
The mission would evaluate the impact of assistance provided by Malaysia so far, besides ensuring that the field hospital would be equipped with adequate resources to tackle the medical situation involving the Rohingya refugees.
It is also in line with the commitment of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) governments to provide medical supplies and facilities at the hospital.
Najib said the two Arab countries had joined Malaysia in showing Muslim solidarity and expressing concerns over the Rohingya issue.
“Yes, they (Saudi Arabia and UAE) are with us and we have proposed for them to join Malaysia in expressing their concerns.
“This is also to show Muslim solidarity and Alhamdulillah (All praise be to Allah), they responded very positively,” he said in his brief message.
The prime minister also said that Malaysia would continue to be committed to help and defend the fate of the Rohingya community.
The delegation will distribute various essential items, including medical supplies and food to the Rohingya refugees.
Malaysia is the first country to set up a field hospital with complete facilities and maximum capacity of 100 beds manned by trained medical officers and staff to provide specialist care for the Rohingyas.
Although it was initially deemed a temporary measure to alleviate the suffering of the refugees, the lack of long-term solution and extreme weather conditions had prompted Malaysia to expand the scopes of its humanitarian aid.
So far, the Malaysian medical team at the field hospital had provided treatment to 3,768 patients.
Also present at the flagging off ceremony were Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin and Army chief Tan Sri Zulkiple Kassim. – BERNAMA