Hisham: Govt ready to bring more Malaysians home from Egypt

KUALA LUMPUR - The government is ready to bring more Malaysians home from Egypt if the situation in the country becomes worse, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (above).

He said all arrangements had been discussed and methods used to bring them would be similar in Ops Pyramid II held this month to bring home students from Egypt.

"The most important thing is the safety of our people, especially students. Thankfully, most have been brought home," he said after attending the National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM) Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration at the university campus in Sungai Besi here yesterday.

Hishammuddin said 2,796 people were brought home from Egypt this month during Ops Pyramid II while 583 students opted to stay in the country.

The minister said maintaining the peace in Malaysia and other Asean countries was one of the topics discussed at the two-day Asean Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) held in Brunei ended yesterday, which was also attended by ADMM-Plus members Japan, China, India, South Korea, Russia and the United States.

On Umno, he said the party elections in October should not affect unity, adding that Barisan Nasional component parties would lose respect for Umno if this happened.

Hishammuddin, who is also an incumbent Umno vice-president, said candidates contesting for posts should be responsible and not be "too reckless" as this could divide the party.