Sabah quake: Malaysian DPM evacuated from briefing as aftershocks rock Kinabalu Park

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (second right) waits after being evacuated following an aftershock while at the Liwagu Restaurant for a press conference, near Mount Kinabalu in Kundasang, a town in the district of Ranau on June 7, 2
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (second right) waits after being evacuated following an aftershock while at the Liwagu Restaurant for a press conference, near Mount Kinabalu in Kundasang, a town in the district of Ranau on June 7, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUNDASANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Aftershocks shook up Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and several VIPs who were evacuated from a Kinabalu Park building.

The DPM was getting an update on the search-and-rescue operations for the remaining victims of the earthquake at the Liwagu building when the floors began to vibrate at about 1.35pm on Sunday.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun and Ranau police chief Deputy Supt Farhan Lee Abdullah immediately stopped their briefing as Tan Sri Muhyiddin's bodyguards immediately ushered him out of the building.

Together with him were Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, Deputy Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Parti Islam SeMalaysia president Abdul Hadi Awang.

The briefing continued at the rear of the double storey concrete building under the midday sun for about 30 minutes.

Later, Mr Muhyiddin told the media that special assistance from the Federal and Sabah government would be given to the Malaysian victims of the earthquake.

He said families of the dead victims would each receive RM10,000, (S$3,600) while those injured would be given RM2,000 each.

Mr Muhyiddin said those who stranded on the mountain and traumatised during the experience would receive RM1,000 each.