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Timor-Leste interested to learn managing our Forces' welfare
Published on: Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Kuala Lumpur: Timor-Leste is keen to emulate the best practices from Malaysia on managing the welfare of security forces.

Its prime minister, Xanana Gusmao, said the republic, being just 12 years old, was still far behind in many aspects, including the healthcare for its security personnel.

"Sometimes, we feel that we not covering (enough of) the needs of the people.

"We need your (Malaysia) help in terms of bringing to the Timor-Leste the capability to look after our military, police and veterans," he said during a visit to the Tuanku Mizan Military Hospital here today.

Several Timor-Leste cabinet ministers were present at the event, namely Health Minister Dr Sergio Lobo; Education Minister Benito Freitas; Commerce, Industry and Environment Minister Antonio da Conceicao; Transport and Communication Minister Pedro Lay da Silva and Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Alfredo Pires.

Gusmao, who is also the defence and security minister, also spent time visiting the Bunga Raya Ward, the Rehabilitation Ward and the Haemodialysis Ward at the hospital.

This is Gusmao's first visit to Malaysia in his capacity as Timor-Leste prime minister after being reappointed for a second term on Aug 8, 2012.

He had visited Malaysia as the Timor Leste president in 2003 to attend the 13th Non-Aligned Movement Summit and in 2005 to witness the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. - Bernama.

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