The Government is donating US$1mil (RM3.2mil) to relief efforts in the Philippines after parts of the country were devastated by typhoon Haiyan, said Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainudin.

He said the aid was approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a meeting with the Foreign Ministry and related agencies, including the National Security Council.

Apart from that, Malaysia is also donating essential items such as food and medicine worth RM1mil through the 1Malaysia Putera Club (KP1M), he said at a news conference after seeing a relief airlift leave for the Philippines at the Royal Malaysian Air Force airbase in Subang here yesterday.

KP1M president Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said the KP1M 38-member delegation comprising volunteers, medics and journalists would work alongside RMAF personnel in the typhoon-ravaged areas.

A RMAF C-130 aircraft carrying 14 tonnes of food, medicine, clothing, tents and infant nutrition products left the RMAF airbase for Tacloban, the Philippines, at 8.36am yesterday while another aircraft flying relief team members departed about half an hour later.

Twenty RMAF personnel were involved in the five-day operations.

-BERNAMA. Image by The Guardian