Mindef ready to evacuate M'sians following Egypt's state of emergency declaration


KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Defence (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 deadly terrorist attacks in two cities yesterday.

"Mindef is currently monitoring and working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Home Ministry and the Ministry of Education in ensuring the safety of Malaysians in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria in the Nile Delta, Egypt," said Defence Minister, Datuk Seri 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.

Air Force chief Gen Datuk Seri Affendi Buang said the RMAF will wait for instructions from the government before sending assets to bring home Malaysians in Egypt.

"Once the RMAF receives orders to bring (Malaysians) from Egypt, we can mobilise our assets at any time. The RMAF also has two C130 aircraft which are currently stationed at the Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB) 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 Islamic State in the country, are worrying, and Malaysia is no exception to such threats.

"Therefore, I hope the public can help by being our 'eyes' and 'ears' to disseminate information (against extremism here in Malaysia)," he said.

According to the Foreign Ministry, no Malaysians were reported injured in the attacks. -- BERNAMA