75 Malaysians, families to be flown home from Wuhan on Feb 25

The first humanitarian mission saw 107 Malaysians flown home from Wuhan.

PUTRAJAYA: The government will mobilise a second Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) mission to bring back Malaysians in Wuhan following the Covid-19 outbreak, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She said the foreign ministry and the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) are planning to bring home about 75 Malaysian citizens and their spouses and children from Wuhan via AirAsia.

“The flight date is scheduled for Feb 25,” she told the media after chairing Nadma’s high-level committee special meeting on the Covid-19 cluster at the Prime Minister’s Department here, today.

Wan Azizah said just like the first mission, all passengers and crew would undergo health screening at the Air Disaster Unit (ADU) on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport before being sent to the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT), in Bandar Enstek, for a 14-day monitoring process.

Wan Azizah said logistics was one of the challenges expected to be faced by the mission.

“I was told that the Wuhan airport is quite far from the residential areas. If they do not have transportation, that could be a big problem,” she said.

The first mission saw 107 Malaysians flown home from Wuhan.

Meanwhile, Wan Azizah said there was no plan to bar the entry of Chinese tourists but health screenings at all entry points would continue to be tightened for all travellers from China.

She said the government also did not intend to bar the entry of Singaporeans although there were sporadic cases and human-to-human transmission of the virus reported in the island city-state.

“Taking that into account, we have tightened the screening at entry and exit points at both the Johor Causeway and the Senai International Airport,” she told reporters here.

Wan Azizah said the ministry of health would also discuss suitable monitoring and screening methods at the Malaysia-Singapore border at the Bilateral Joint-Working Group Committee forum with the Singapore government next Tuesday.