Friday, December 4

Army refutes claims of lack of concern over missing soldiers

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Moses (pictured) and Edmund have been missing since July 20. Bernama File Photo

KUCHING: Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) has refuted claims that it is not concerned about the case of missing Sarawakian soldiers Corporal David Edmund Rapi and Lance Corporal Moses Logers.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the army said that Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) vessels were still in the vicinity around Pulau Perak in Kedah to carry out maritime patrols and have been instructed to report immediately if they find any new leads.

It also said that a Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) helicopter is standing by at Butterworth Air Base should they receive any new information.

ATM stressed that it has never neglected the welfare of its personnel and has always adhered to existing rules in terms of administration, training and operations.

In this regard, all efforts have been made by ATM and related agencies in accordance with the standard operating procedure to locate the missing soldiers.

According to ATM, various efforts have been made through the Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation known as ‘Op Carilamat’.

The operation, which has been activated by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) as the Leading Agency, has been on the lookout for any sign of the two since they were reported missing in Pulau Perak, Kedah on July 20.

The operation, involving the Malaysian Army (TDM), the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) and the Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM), was carried out in accordance with the National Aeronautical Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Malaysia Volume 4.

However, the operation was terminated by APMM on the authority that there has been no indication of any bodies after 72 hours of conducting the search.

However, a TLDM vessel located in the Maritime Operations Area near Perak waters was ordered to continue its search and was on site until July 26. However, no positive indication has been found to link the disappearance of the two soldiers.

Family members of the soldiers called for a press conference on Monday to urge authorities to step up the search for the two men, who are believed to be still in Pulau Perak in Kedah.

They voiced their disappointment at what they felt was a lack of cooperation and updates from ATM concerning the duo.