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240 orang asli students go to school by helicopter


Safety first: Azman (left) looking on as orang asli children from Pos Belatim and Pos Balar board a helicopter to get to their boarding schools.

Safety first: Azman (left) looking on as orang asli children from Pos Belatim and Pos Balar board a helicopter to get to their boarding schools.

KOTA BARU: Some 240 orang asli children were airlifted from their forest homes to boarding schools near here as flood and logging activities cut off their access to town.

The orang asli students are two weeks late for school.

Kelantan/Terengganu Orang Asli Development Department deputy director Azman Ngadiron said the students from four posts deep in the jungles were airlifted to school in batches over a period of three days starting yesterday.

“Together with the state Edu­ca­tion Department and the Fire and Rescue Services Department’s air unit, we launched Ops Murni to transport the students by air as land access routes are damaged,” he said.

The first batch of 77 secondary school students from Pos Belatim and Pos Balar were transported using two helicopters while another batch of 114 students from Pos Bihai would be transported today and 51 students from Pos Gob tomorrow.

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