SEPANG, 26 March 2020:
A total of 225 Malaysians based in Bangladesh safely arrived at KL International Airport (KLIA) at 5.46am today, said Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar.
He said they were made up of 130 students, 55 officers working at the Malaysian Field Hospital in Cox’s Bazar, 35 expatriates and five officers of the Malaysian high commission in Dhaka.
“All Malaysians who were brought home have completed the health screening process at KLIA and they have to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine as stipulated by Ministry of Health (MoH).
“They were brought back to Malaysia following cooperation provided by the Malaysian high commission in Dhaka via a special chartered Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight sponsored by the MIC party,” he said in a statement.
MIC had also sponsored six flights to bring back 1,119 Malaysians stranded in Chennai and Thiruchirappali (Trichy) in India using Air Asia flights.
A total of 76 Malaysians and five non-Malaysians were safety repatriated from Italy through another Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission organised by the government to bring home Malaysians abroad following the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), the special AirAsia flight carrying them arrived at KLIA at 10.06am.
Also on board were five MoH staff, one from the Foreign Ministry, 20 AirAsia crew members and one Nadma officer.
All the 81 people were required to undergo health screenings at the Air Disaster Unit at the KLIA before being transferred to the Monitoring Centre at the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) in Nilai for a 14-day quarantine.
The decontamination operation was mounted by 263 members of various agencies, including the Fire and Rescue Department, MOH, Nadma, Air Asia Engineering, Airport Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Malaysia Police and KLIA Aviation Security.