Second batch of Malaysians stranded in Wuhan arrives

Health workers at KLIA2 this morning where the chartered flight from Wuhan landed. – Bernama picture.

By Chew Lip Song

A TOTAL of 66 Malaysians, including children, were flew home from from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak, early this morning.

Bernama reported that the AirAsia flight chartered specifically for the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission by the Malaysian Government landed in KLIA2 at 6.50am.

The aircraft which departed from the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport at 1.45am on Wednesdayalso also carried 12 crew members, nine Malaysian government representatives and two officers from the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, making it 89 people on board.

All those brought home would have to undergo health screening at the Air Disaster Unit (ADU) at KLIA, just as how it was done in the first HADR mission on Feb 4.

Those detected with the symptoms will be sent to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban, while others will be taken to the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) in Nilai, which serves as a monitoring centre, and placed under quarantine for 14 days.

In the first humanitarian aid mission carried out by the Malaysian Government on Feb 4, a total of 107 Malaysians stranded in Hubei province were flown home.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a statement said 75 passengers were originally listed to be on the flight home, but nine of them could not make it due to various factors.

“Six who were already at the (Wuhan) airport could not board due to health reasons.

“One passenger withdrew, also from health reasons, without being present at the airport, another could not make the trip because of work commitments while one more individual could not leave Wuhan due to logistical issues,” the statement read.