ICRC hires 10 drivers for West Asian duty

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  • Monday, 10 Feb 2003

PORT KLANG: The International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (ICRC) has recruited 10 Malaysian truck drivers for work in West Asia, in the event of a war in Iraq. 

They would be among 45 drivers who would be sent to the region. 

The movement’s regional head, Daniel Philippin, said it was now establishing logistical bases in Iran, Kuwait and Jordan. 

This was the first time Malaysians had been recruited for service in the region as part of preparations to face the war situation. 

“They will leave on Feb 14 for Amman, Jordan, before proceeding to the logistical base in Iran,” he told Bernama, adding that the drivers would be working under very stressful conditions. 

The drivers would help transport food, medicine and other items in 40-tonne trucks for distribution among the Iraqi people, Philippin said. 

A Malaysian who is serving with the movement as senior logistician, V. Ramasamy, 58, spoke of his experience in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

He said he helped distribute food and medicines. 

“The movement fed nearly 1.5 million people in the interior areas and provided medical and aid to poorly equipped hospitals,” he said. – Bernama  

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