Sabah quake: Malaysia's PM Najib arrives in Sabah, meets victims

KUNDASANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak arrived in Sabah on Tuesday to look into the situation and meet with victims affected by last Friday's earthquake.

Datuk Seri Najib made a stop at the barracks of the Ranau police headquarters to inspect the damage and visit the families affected.

Accompanying him were Defence Minister Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Maximus Ongkili.

They visited the victims at the makeshift tents set up at the police headquarters' compound at about 11.50am on Tuesday and left 15 minutes later for the Kinabalu National Park.

On Sunday, Mr Najib had said he was monitoring the situation in Sabah while on an official visit to Saudi Arabia.

In a blog entry also posted on Sunday, the Prime Minister had shared details of the Mount Kinabalu search-and-rescue mission and also expressed his condolences to the families who lost loved ones to the earthquake.

"I assure you that every effort is being made by Government agencies to seek and save all who are still stranded in mountainous areas. I convey my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the earthquake in Sabah," Mr Najib wrote.