Online Desk: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has flagged off the Food Flotilla For Myanmar, which set sail with a cargo of about 2,200 tonnes of food, at the Boustead Cruise Centre here Friday.
The food and other items were loaded onto the vessel, Nautical Aliya, and a barge headed to Myanmar.
The effort is a joint initiative between the Putera 1Malaysia Club, Consultative Council of Islam Organisations (Mapim) and non-governmental organisations from 13 participating nations.
About 230 volunteers, including 20 doctors and 10 medics, are in the entourage making the 20-day voyage to render aid to displaced Rohingya.
In his speech, Najib said Malaysia could not be idle and withhold help to the Rohingya undergoing hardship.
“Their troubles, hardship and suffering will not be overlooked by us,” said Najib.
Also at the flag-off were PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and the party’s secretary-general, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
“There are equal number of Umno and PAS members on the ship,” said Najib.
According to Najib, efforts to send aid to the Rohingya were initiated during the last Umno general assembly, which was followed by the recent Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference chaired by Malaysia.
He said the efforts were to send a message that the suffering of the Rohingya must stop.
“The Rohingya have already suffered. Enough is enough,” added Najib.
Meanwhile, Putera 1Malaysia Club president Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said the flotilla will is carrying 2,200 tonnes of food.
“We will be sailing along Langkawi, Thailand and into the Andaman Sea and head to the Yangoon Port,” Abdul Azeez said in his speech.
Abdul Azeez, who is heading the mission, said the flotilla would arrive at the Yangon Port on Feb 9 where the entourage will be met by Malaysian ambassador to Myanmar Mohd Haniff Abd Rahman and the country’s welfare minister.