MALAYSIAN FLAG FLYING HIGH IN AFGHANISTAN
Last Updated: 2010-10-24
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BAMIYAN, Afghanistan, Oct 24 (NNN-Bernama) -- The completion of three buildings of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) medical team at the New Zealand regional redevelopment camp here will facilitate providing medical assistance in the strife-torn country.

Commander of the Malaysian Contingent in the International Security Assistance Force (MALCON ISAF) Lt Col Norazan Omar said the buildings and their available facilities would definitely provide comfort for the team in facing the challenges during their mission.

"They are comfortable, beautiful and the most complete in Bamiyan. With clean water supply, electricity and Internet connection, it is the most suitable place for the mission.

"We thank the Malaysian government for the facilities and we will discharge our duties to the best of our ability," he told reporters after the handing-over of the buildings by the contractor, Dwi Makna Sdn Bhd, to the MAF, here, Saturday.

The three buildings comprise accommodation for the officers and rank and file, kitchen, toilets, surau, dining hall and office block.

Meanwhile, Dwi Makna Sdn Bhd managing director Major (R) Mohamed Yussof Tahwil Azar said the buildings took 45 days to be completed with the cooperation of Afghan Bamica Construction Company and 50 to 80 local construction workers.

He said the buildings were built in the Malaysian style to provide maximum comfort for the 40-member team and to ensure their safety especially during winter, which could last for about five months.

The team, including seven women, will serve the people of Bamiyan, especially in providing dental service, health examinations and training for the local staff.

The team is here for the Operation Interim National Support and Assistance to Afghanistan (Op INSAF) to help in the development and redevelopment of the country by providing humanitarian and medical aid. -- NNN-BERNAMA