FAX to fly aid to interior areas


  • Nation
  • Monday, 16 Oct 2006

MIRI: After two months and 150,000 passengers, Malaysia’s third national airline Fly Asian Xpress (FAX) has taken flight on a new mission: sending relief and food aid to poverty-stricken areas in Sabah and Sarawak. 

FAX chief executive officer Raja Mohd Azmi Razali said under this Fly Care programme, the airline will help needy communities in far-away settlements. 

“Many of these areas are not accessible except by air,” he said, adding that the two states have more than 7,000 villages, with Sarawak alone having more than 5,000 rural settlements. 

“We will provide the basic transportation to airlift food supplies, medical supplies and volunteers like doctors, nurses and teachers who are willing to serve the needy in these areas,” he said at the launching of the programme by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam here on Friday night. 

A task force headed by assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, Datin Fatimah Abdullah, is managing the Fly Care charity programme – a collaboration involving the CM's Department, local newspaper Eastern Times and FAX.  

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