Thursday, April 4, 2013

Samy Vellu: Support men on frontlines

Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (right) handing over part of the collection from Felda for the Tabung Op Daulat Sabah to Federal Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim yesterday. At centre is Felda director-general Datuk Faizoull Ahmad.

Former MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu yesterday hand over RM100,000 to families of the fallen heroes and wounded policemen in Lahad Datu.

Samy Vellu, who represented non-governmental organisation Yayasan Pembangunan Sosial, gave RM10,000 to each of the families of the deceased policemen and RM5,000 to each wounded policeman in Ops Daulat at a ceremony held at federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.

"We are sad that they lost their lives but we are also proud for what they did for the country."

Samy Vellu hoped the contribution would help ease the burden of the affected families.

"Those who cannot give monetary contributions should help in supporting our men on the frontlines."

Present yesterday was Bukit Aman Special Task Force (operations and counter-terrorism) director Datuk Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

In a separate development, Felda announced that it had raised RM125,000 from all over the country to be distributed to the families of the fallen heroes.

Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad said the amount was small compared with the sacrifices made by the heroes who gave their lives defending the country.

"We are touched and proud of their sacrifices," he said after handing over the donations to representatives of the police and army.

He also presented food hampers worth RM30,000 to be distributed to those still involved in Ops Daulat mopping-up operations in Sabah.

Prior to this, the organisation had also given RM365,000 to families of the deceased.

Felda, which owns nearly 100,000ha in Sabah, had reported that 6,000ha were affected by the Lahad Datu incursion.

"The damage has not been calculated yet. We estimate it would be very little. The only problem we had was that our workers could not go into the plantations as these places were in the danger zones."

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