PETALING JAYA: Malaysian police personnel who went to Banda Aceh on a relief mission in aid of tsunami survivors gained much respect from the people there, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Musa Hassan said.
The first batch of personnel sent there has gained respect from the people in Aceh for their sincerity and the assistance they provided over the past two weeks.
I hope all of you will do your best to help the survivors and, at the same time, please take care of yourself,'' he said in a speech before seeing off the second batch of police personnel who left for Banda Aceh yesterday.
The group, comprising personnel from the General Operations Force, Federal Reserve Unit and Commando 69 unit, left the Royal Malaysian Air Force base here on a C-130 transport plane in the morning, together with 34 medical and forensic officers.
They will replace the first batch of relief personnel, who went to Aceh on Jan 8 and returned home yesterday.
The group will be in Aceh for 15 days to help Indonesian police in search and rescue operations and to bury victims of the Dec 26 tsunami that hit Aceh and northern Sumatra, killing more than 160,000 people in Indonesia.
At 2pm yesterday, 110 police personnel, who are part of the first group, landed at the RMAF base here. They were sent to KL Hospital for check-ups and would be quarantined for two days as a precaution.
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