10 February, 2011

Taking care of our own


As Egypt continues to struggle with civil unrest, we are bringing thousands our fellow Malaysians, mainly students, back home to safety. I would like to thank personally everyone who has been involved, regardless of their ethnic background, to execute Ops Piramid. Thank you.

After universities around the country closed down and protests gained in momentum, the students were confined mainly to their homes, with depleting food supplies and limited communication with the outside world.  With a large number of Malaysians in Egypt, the Government assessed the situation and worked out an action plan to evacuate our people.

I could only imagine the fear and worry that the students and their families were feeling. So, it was a huge relief for us all that last Monday, we were able to welcome home over 700 Malaysians who were flown in from Egypt on specially chartered flights. Since then, the evacuation operation, named Ops Piramid, has been successful in evacuating about 9,000 Malaysian nationals from Egypt. The Government together with the private sector used all available resources to expedite this process and will also seek ways to ensure that the students can continue to pursue their education despite the circumstances.

Ops Piramid would not have been a great success without the Rakyat’s spirit of 1Malaysia. It is this spirit that banded everyone together – from individuals to large organisations – to ensure the safety and well-being of our children, friends and family members during this harrowing ordeal. Regardless of ethnicity, age or creed, everyone involved did everything in their power to aid their fellow Malaysians in need. I know many of you have gone with very little sleep to ensure the evacuation process continues smoothly. I salute to your perseverance and determination.

To the Malaysians who have returned or are coming home, I am glad that you are all safe and sound. For those who have chosen to remain in Egypt, I hope you stay together and look out for each other during these challenging times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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