Malaysia contributes RM500,000 to Sulawesi quake victims

The earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, claimed over 800 lives and left thousands homeless. (Reuters pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is donating RM500,000 to earthquake and tsunami victims in Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia, following Friday’s disaster which claimed over 800 lives and rendered thousands more homeless.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the decision was made after speaking to Indonesian Deputy President Jusuf Kalla.

“Indonesia is open to accept any contribution and assistance, so we are sending our SMART team who are trained in search and rescue work as we have to race against time to find more survivors.

“We are also giving a contribution of RM500,000 to assist those struck by the disaster,” she said after handing over the Jalur Gemilang to the national paralympic contingent to compete in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Wan Azizah said all assistance from Mercy Malaysia and other NGOs were being coordinated with Indonesia as well as Indonesian Red Cross to facilitate delivery.

She also admitted that there were delays in sending assistance to the victims in Makassar where most of them were sheltered.