THE search and rescue (SAR) mission for two members of the armed forces who went missing during an operation on Pulau Perak in Kedah on July 20 will be reactivated if there are new leads, says Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong.
Liew said the area where Kpl David Edmund Rapi and L/Kpl Moses Logers are believed to have gone missing is being monitored.
“SAR operations involving assets of the Royal Malaysian Navy have ceased as there were no new leads. The SAR operation will resume if there are new leads.
“However, armed forces’ assets are constantly monitoring the area in search of possible leads, ” he said in reply to a question by Datuk Richard Riot Jaem (GPS-Serian), who asked about the status on the case of the two missing soldiers.
Commenting on assistance given to the victims’ families, Liew said salaries and benefits would be provided in accordance with the standard operating procedure before the “Presumption of Death” period of seven years.
“What should be given will be given in accordance with the SOP.
“On Oct 23, the army’s investigation board concluded that the two soldiers had disappeared. If they are still not found after seven years, the family can apply for ‘presumed death’.
“For those with a family (like) Kpl David, his salary will be credited into the account of his widow. But for L/Kpl Moses, who is not married and has no parents, his salary has been stopped, ” he said.
The two soldiers are from the Fourth Battalion of the Royal Rangers Regiment based at Bukit Cowder Camp, Perlis. — Bernama