Search for missing soldiers ‘to follow procedures’

Mohamad Sabu.

SIBU: The search for two missing Sarawakian soldiers of the Fourth Battalion of the Royal Ranger Regiment will be intensified as soon as new signs materialise, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu today.

He said the army was continuing with efforts to trace the men but at the same time, needed to comply with standard operating procedures.

The two soldiers, Cpl David Edmund Rapi and L/Cpl Moses Logers have been missing since July 20 in Pulau Perak, Kedah.

They were based at the Bukit Cowder Camp in Perlis, and went missing while on duty during ‘Op Pejarak’, an exercise by the Royal Malaysian Navy in which army personnel were stationed at two islands in the waters between Perak and Kedah.

Mohamad added that the ministry had met with the families of the two men who had appealed for search efforts to continue.

He said this at a press conference after presenting campaign medals to 156 recipients of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia and 44 for Pingat Kedaulatan Negara.

They were awarded to 200 members of the military for service in Ops Daulat in Lahad Datu in 2013, to repulse an infiltration of armed intruders from southern Philippines.

Mohamad also said the proposal for an allowance to be given to all PJM-holders throughout the country was being studied by the finance ministry.

He said the government had approved an allocation of RM79.6 million for 159,368 veteran army officers with and without pensions, and who belong to the B40 income group.