KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) have deployed more than 200 personnel and four Agusta combat helicopters to help in the search and rescue operations of seven orang asli pupils.
Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said the army was roped in to assist in the operations conducted by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) since Sept 1.
"We have assigned personnel, helicopters and the K9 unit to assist in the operations together with the help of the orang asli villagers,” he said this to Bernama after a guest appearance on the “Hello Malaysia” programme here Wednesday.
Zulkifeli said ATM was tasked with finding the missing children in areas where they would most likely be, such as the jungles.
On Aug 23, seven orang asli pupils comprising six girls and a boy, aged seven to 11, were reported missing after they ran away from their hostel in SK Tohoi in Gua Musang, as they were afraid of being punished for swimming in the nearby river without permission.
Besides the ATM and PDRM, the operations involved the Fire and Rescue Department, Rela (People's Volunteer Corps), Civil Defence Department and the Orang Asli Development Department. - BERNAMA