Published: Thursday March 7, 2013 MYT 10:14:00 AM
Updated: Thursday March 7, 2013 MYT 2:50:55 PM
Lahad Datu: Putera Club on humanitarian mission to help displaced Sabahans
BY NICHOLAS CHENG
SUBANG: A humanitarian mission by the 1Malaysia Putera Club (KP1M) to aid displaced Sabahans in the Lahad Datu conflict departed from the Royal Malaysian Air Force base here Thursday morning.
Its president Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said that 10 tonnes of essential items like mattresses, foodstuff and medicine will be distributed to the three relief camps in Lahad Datu and Semporna.
"We have a team of 15 volunteers and 10 medical officers who will be on the ground to provide aid to those affected by the conflict and assistance to the authorities here if they need it," he said.
Supplies are being transported by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) while volunteers are on a commercial flight to Sabah.
Abdul Azeez said initial reports said there have been over 4,500 Sabahans who have been displaced by the intrusion by Sulu gunmen.
Meanwhile, TUDM officers told The Star that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had visited the airbase at around 7am and has departed on an unofficial visit to Lahad Datu.
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