Mercy team leaves Baghdad for Amman


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Apr 2003

By MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR AND DANIEL HOR

PUTRAJAYA: The five Mercy Malaysia members, including the two injured doctors, are on their way to Amman from Baghdad and were expected to arrive later yesterday.  

Malaysian ambassador to Jordan Datuk Syeed Sultan Seni Pakir said in a telephone interview from Amman that the two injured doctors – Datuk Dr Jemilah Mahmood and Dr Baba Md Deni – would be treated at the Islamic Hospital there. 

“All Mercy members will be arriving today. We have sent four Mercy members in Amman and our staff to meet those coming in from Baghdad at the Iraqi-Jordan border.” 

He said doa selamat (thanksgiving) would be held at the embassy today for the safe return of the Malaysians. 

Dr Baba's wife Fatimah Yunus took a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Amman yesterday to meet her injured husband. 

She was accompanied by Dr Baba’s younger brother Kapt Mohamed Sham. 

Yesterday, Mercy vice-president Dr Azhar Abdul Aziz told reporters at Dr Baba’s house in Bukit Baru, Malacca, that no Mercy members would be entering Iraq for the time being due to uncertainties in the war-torn country. However, he said, Mercy would continue relief work from Amman. 

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said that the Iraqi embassy in Kuala Lumpur would be allowed, until such time they get instructions from Baghdad, to cease operations here. 

“As far as Malaysia is concerned, the state of Iraq still exists but there is no government. Their diplomats here are not performing any diplomatic role until the situation is finalised in Iraq,” he said. 

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