KUCHING: Preparations are under way to bring back more than 6,000 Sarawakian students who are stranded in peninsula following the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO).
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the process of bringing them home could be implemented before Hari Raya celebration next month.
“The Sarawak government is making arrangements to bring back than more than 6,000 students who are stranded in peninsular. We have to plan it well because the aircraft to bring them back can only accommodate a certain amount of passengers at one time.
“We need to have more discussions to ensure they can be back in Sarawak by Hari Raya,” she said yesterday.
Nancy, who is also Batang Sadong MP, added that these students would be flown to their respective destinations.
She said most of them would return to Kuching while the rest to Sibu and Miri.
On Friday, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the state governments of Sarawak and Sabah would collaborate with the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT) to bring students who are studying in Peninsular Malaysia back to their home states.
He said the federal government understood that both Sarawak and Sabah state governments had their respective standard operating procedures (SOP).
“We work together because their state governments are more familiar with the ground handling issues,” he said, adding many rural areas in Sarawak did not come with connecting flights and hence, ground handling must be looked into to ensure students would be sent home safe and sound.
Source: Borneo Post