King pays tribute to MAF members


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Sep 2020

Keeping people safe: A soldier manning a roadblock for the enhanced MCO in Aman Jaya, Sungai Petani.

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has conveyed greetings to members of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), veterans as well as others who served the military in conjunction with MAF’s 87th anniversary.

His Majesty expressed his deep appreciation to MAF members, especially those on the front line, who had worked hard, sacrificing their time and energy to help the government curb the spread of Covid-19 since the beginning of this year.

“As the Supreme Commander of the MAF, His Majesty highly commends and expresses the highest appreciation for the services and sacrifices made by all present and former members of the MAF in protecting the sovereignty and security of our beloved country.

“May the MAF continue to be a respected force at the international stage,” the King said in his post on Istana Negara’s Facebook page yesterday.

The MAF anniversary is celebrated on Sept 16 each year.

Meanwhile, the operations of the Malaysian Field Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, were ended early due to several factors, including the spread of Covid-19 in the country, says Chief of Defence Force Gen Tan Sri Affendi Buang.

Besides that, he said the services of the MAF medical personnel were needed more in Malaysia to contain the pandemic.

“At the same time, the situation there is stable and there was a

significant drop in the number of diseases and injuries, as well as an increase of other field hospitals in the refugee camp,” he said in a special interview in conjunction with the 87th anniversary.

The Malaysian Field Hospital at the refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar was set up in 2017 to cater to the needs of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled to southeastern Bangladesh due to conflict in western Myanmar.

However, the operations were discontinued early and all staff at the hospital were brought back to Malaysia on March 26.

Gen Affendi said the hospital had managed a total of 108,038 cases, including surgeries and childbirths.

“The operations of the Malaysian Field Hospital were recognised by the World Health Organisation as the best Level 3 Field Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, and it also became the centre of reference for other hospitals in Cox’s Bazar,” he said.

On another matter, Gen Affendi said 1,361 MAF officers and personnel were involved in assisting the police to enforce the recovery movement control order via the Compliance Operations Task Force.

He said MAF also assisted the police in manning roadblocks during the enforcement of the targeted enhanced MCO in Kedah and Perlis. — Bernama

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