KUALA LUMPUR: A total 225 Malaysians based in Bangladesh safely arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 5.46am today, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said.
He said the repatriation of the Malaysians was successfully done following cooperation provided by the Malaysian High Commission in Dhaka along with MIC.
Those who returned consists of 130 students, 55 officers working at the Medan Malaysia Hospital at Cox’s Bazaar, 35 expatriates and five officers from the high commission.
“All Malaysians who were brought home have completed the health screening test at KLIA and they will now have to observe the 14-day self-quarantine as stipulated by the Health Ministry,” he said in a statement today.
Recently, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein acknowledged and thanked MIC president Tan Sri S A Vigneswaran on his Facebook for helping the ministry in easing the repatriation process.
“MIC had previously bore the cost of six flights to bring 1,119 Malaysians home, consisting of those who were stranded in Chennai and Thiruchirappali, India via AirAsia flights,” Kamarudin added.
Two Malaysians who were part of the trip recorded a video to express their gratitude to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Vigneswaran, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri M Saravanan and AirAsia.
Tharamish Kumar Raja Kumar and Akmal Azizan confirmed that they have safely arrived at KLIA earlier this morning and thanked everyone involved for ensuring their safe return to Malaysia.
“Thank you once again to the MIC for the immediate response and action to bring every Malaysian back to home,” they said in the video.
On Tuesday, Bangladesh imposed a country-wide lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus as the country reported five deaths and confirmed at least 39 cases so far.