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Bakti Sends Relief Aid To Pakistan Flood Victims | 19/08/2010
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SUBANG, Aug 19 2010 (Bernama) -- The Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) today sent RM1.9-million worth of foodstuff, toiletries and medicine for the victims of Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years.

The goods, which included infant milk powder, cooking oil, flour, biscuits, diapers, tents and medicine, were flown in two Hercules C-130 transport aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) from the Subang airbase here.

Bakti president Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of the prime minister, was at the airbase to hand over the contribution to the RMAF.

"It is hoped that the contribution will ease the burden of the flood victims. It was made possible through the cooperation of the ministries of defence and health as well as several corporate firms," she told reporters after handing over the goods.

Rosmah said each of the transport aircraft could only carry up to 25,000 pounds of cargo and, as such, the remainder of the aid would be sent by other aircraft or ships.

Twenty-five officers and staff from the National Security Council, armed forces and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society as well as 10 journalists are going along on the trip to Pakistan. The flight to Islamabad is expected to take nine hours.

Rosmah said the relief aid to the flood victims in Pakistan would be an ongoing process so long as the people there needed help.

Also at the airbase were Bakti vice-president Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, who is the wife of the deputy prime minister, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, acting Chief of Defence Forces Gen Datuk Zulkifeli Mohd Zin, Pakistan's High Commissioner to Malaysia Masood Khalid and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, the wife of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The floods in Pakistan have claimed the lives of 1,600 people, made almost one million people homeless and affected the livelihood of 3.5 million others.

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