KUCHING: A total of 485 Sarawak students were sent home yesterday from Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said.
He said the students who were stranded as a result of the movement restrictions in place by the government following the Covid-19 pandemic were flown home in three chartered flights.
Fadillah thanked all agencies involved in the safe return of the students as well as frontliners who had facilitated the process.
“I would like to thank the prime minister, the chief minister along with the Higher Education ministry, Health ministry, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and Malaysia Airlines,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.
Fadillah, who is also Sarawak Volunteers (SV) patron, said the organisation, as well as the secretariat at Rumah Sarawak, are still operating to help Sarawak students who are in need.
“On behalf of the Sarawak Communications Office, Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak Volunteers, I thank all of you for your cooperation,” he added.
The process to bring the students home in stages started on May 1. It involved over 7,000 Sarawak students from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan.