PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his pride in the way Malaysians rallied to help their countrymen caught in the current Egyptian crisis.
“Regardless of ethnicity, age or creed, everyone involved did everything in his or her power to aid fellow Malaysians in need,” he said of those involved in Ops Piramid.
He extended his personal thanks to everyone in the operation, which had successfully evacuated about 9,000 Malaysians from Egypt.
The Prime Minister said the operation would not have been a great success without the 1Malaysia spirit.
“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,” he said in his latest entry on his 1Malaysia website.
“I know many of you have gone with very little sleep to ensure the evacuation process continues smoothly. I salute your perseverance and determination,” he added.
Najib said that after the Egyptian universities closed and the protest gained momentum, Malaysian students were confined mainly to their homes, with depleting food supplies and limited communication with the outside world.
He said he could only imagine the fear and worry that the students and their families felt.
“The Government assessed the situation and worked out an action plan to evacuate our people.
“So, it was a huge relief for us that last Monday, we were able to welcome home over 700 Malaysians, who were flown in from Egypt on specially chartered flights,” he said of the first flight from Jeddah.
Najib said the Government, with the private sector, had used all available resources to expedite the process.
He said the Government would seek ways to ensure that the students could continue to pursue their education despite the circumstances.
“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,” he said.
Source : The Star