Mindef ready to bring Malaysians home from Egypt

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KUALA LUMPUR: The defence ministry (Mindef) is prepared to bring home Malaysians in Egypt if necessary after the declaration of a three-month state of emergency in the country following terrorist attacks.

“Mindef is currently monitoring and working closely with the foreign affairs ministry, home ministry and the education ministry in ensuring the safety of Malaysians in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria in the Nile Delta of Egypt,” said Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

He was speaking to reporters after a ceremony to present honorary awards to Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) personnel at Dewan Perkasa, Wisma Perwira ATM here today.

In the meantime, Air Force chief Gen Affendi Buang said the RMAF was awaiting instructions from the government before sending assets to bring home Malaysians in Egypt.

“Once RMAF receives the orders to bring them (Malaysians) from Egypt, we can mobilise our assets at any time. RMAF also has two C130 aircraft which are currently stationed at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Bomb attacks at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt yesterday killed 47 people and injured another 137.

Hishammuddin said the attacks launched by the Islamic State militant group in the country was worrying, and Malaysia was no exception to such threats.

“Therefore, I hope the public can help by becoming our ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ to disseminate information,” he said.

According to the foreign ministry, so far no Malaysians have been reported injured in the attacks.