Published: Monday January 14, 2013 MYT 2:39:00 PM
Updated: Monday January 14, 2013 MYT 4:40:47 PM
Female peacekeepers leave for Lebanon
KUALA LUMPUR: The second batch of 10 female members of the Malaysian Armed Forces will leave for Lebanon on Tuesday to serve for six months with the Malaysian Company 8 (Malcoy 8) under the United Nations Interim Force (Unifil).
Armed Forces chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said they would replace the first batch of female members of the armed forces who are completing duty on Jan 21.
He said this second batch would be led by an officer; and were made up of eight soldiers, a member of the Royal Malaysian Navy, and a member of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
Speaking to reporters at their sending off ceremony here Monday, he said they had undergone an intensive integration training to prepare them for their stint in Lebanon.
“Although their number is small, their involvement and contribution is very important, particularly when dealing with cases involving women and children,” he said.
Malcoy 8 movement head Lt Nur Hidayah Zailan, 26, said her group had sufficient training to prepare them physically and mentally for the peacekeeping mission.
“We are proud to represent the country for a noble mission and we hope we can help bring glory to the country,” she said. - Bernama