Published: Saturday September 29, 2012 MYT 4:36:00 PM
Updated: Saturday September 29, 2012 MYT 5:55:30 PM
Putera 1MalaysiaClub head to Myanmar on humanitarian mission
By FLORENCE A SAMY
KUALA LUMPUR: The first batch of the Putera 1MalaysiaClub humanitarian mission team left for Myanmar Saturday evening and will head to the troubled Rakhine state in the west of the country.
Club president and mission head Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said the advance team of 14 members, including doctors and four media members, would assess the situation and set up a medical base before the main team leaves in four to five days time, he said.
"We want to do our part and help those affected by the conflict regardless of race or religion.
"A total of 50 people are involved in the mission. We are expecting to be back on Oct 10," said Abdul Azeez, who will leave with the main team early next month.
The 500 tonnes of aid, including food and medical supplies, which left Port Klang on Tuesday, is expected to arrive Oct 2, he said.
Tens of thousands people have been internally displaced because of clashes between the Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingya since May.
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