Malaysian officials to leave for Egypt to evacuate citizens

21:03, January 31, 2011      

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A team comprising of Malaysian officials will leave the country for Cairo, capital of Egypt, Monday night to render assistance accordingly to Malaysian students and nationals besieged by the anti-government campaign.

Malaysian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A. Kohilan Pillay, who is leading the five-member team, told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Monday that the ministry would monitor the latest development in Egypt, ensuring all Malaysians be moved to safety when necessary.

The Malaysian government has put in place a contingency plan to evacuate its nationals to Egypt's neighboring countries, including Saudi Arabia and Libya should the need arise.

According to Kohilan Pillay, 11,319 Malaysians in Egypt have registered with the Malaysian Embassy to Egypt, and they are reportedly safe at the moment.

Besides Malaysian Foreign Affairs, officials from Malaysian Higher Education Ministry and the National Security Council are also part of the team.

When asked about the protest at the Egypt Embassy to Malaysia on Monday, Kohilan Pillay said the people had the freedom to do so.

The anti-government campaign in Egypt has claimed at least 100 people's lives since Tuesday and more than 2,000 people have been injured, according to local media reports.

The protesters have wanted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Source: Xinhua
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