Alex (left) and Lorraine relaxing at Damai Beach Resort.

Tourist couple homeward bound after being stranded at Damai Beach Resort

KUCHING: Two tourists, who have been stranded at Damai Beach Resort here for several weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order (MCO), are finally getting to go home.

Damai Beach Resort (DBR) general manager Muhammad Fadhil Abdullah said the couple, who wished to be identified as Alex and Lorraine, had been staying at the resort and complying with the MCO implemented to curb the spread of the virus.

“They have now managed to secure flights home to the United Kingdom and will be departing soon,” he told the media via WhatsApp yesterday.

According to Fadhil, Alex described the MCO as a period of considerable anxiety and worry for the couple. However, the couple also praised the management and staff of the resort for being wonderful throughout the period and provided food, shelter and a sense of security to them.

The couple were quoted as saying, “The attitude of DBR has been one of kindness, generosity and consideration and words are hard to come by to express how thankful we are to them.

“Especially when taking into account that all staff are under the same conditions as us and have the same fears and worries but have nonetheless gone about their duties with warm smiles and kind words.

“Never have the words ‘we are all in this together’ being more poignant.

“For us, the line between guest and staff no longer exists as we are now one family. Thank you DBR, you are a shiny example of the kindness and hospitality of the Malaysian people. We will be back.

“We would also like to thank the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism, the police and Armed Forces of Malaysia who are the frontline.

“Whilst our interaction with them has been limited, we are so impressed by the professional and courteous manner in which they are carrying out their duties in such difficult circumstances. We look forward to returning in happier circumstances.”