KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 – A search-and-rescue operation has been launched for five people, including a Malaysian deputy minister and a parliamentarian, after their helicopter was reported when missing in Sarawak. The helicopter was supposed to have arrived in Kuching from Betong at 5pm but lost radio contact.
Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Noriah Kasnon, her husband Asmuni Abdullah, Kuala Kangsar MP and chairman of Malaysian Palm Oil Board Wan Mohammad Khairil, Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities Sundaran Ann Amalai and bodyguard Ahmad Sobri were on the helicopter bound for Kuching from Betong.
On Thursday night, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he was “deeply concerned” about the situation. He on Twitter said search and rescue activated, let pray for their safety. The purpose of their travel was not immediately clear, but it is now campaigning period in Sarawak, with state elections on May 7.