Malaysian nationals about to board their flight back to Malaysia. Image: Courtesy of Malaysia High Commission in Brunei Darussalam

A joint effort recently took place between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam to bring home Malaysian and Bruneian citizens back to their respective countries.

In a statement, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs COVID-19 task force chairman Dato’ Kamarudin Jaffar said efforts were made possible following the strong bilateral ties between both countries.

In this regard, 84 Malaysians and a number of Bruneians stranded in Egypt boarded Brunei Darussalam’s government special charter plane from Cairo and arrived in Bandar Seri Begawan at 9.08am this morning.

In turn, the Malaysian Government brought back 134 stranded Bruneian citizens back to the sultanate this morning at 5.15am via Malaysia Airlines.

The same aircraft flew the 84 Malaysians including an additional 25 Malaysian nationals who were stranded in the sultanate back to Kuala Lumpur. They arrived at 12.11pm.

The students were welcomed by officials from the Malaysian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam. Image: Courtesy of Malaysia High Commission in Brunei Darussalam

In a statement, Dato’ Kamarudin, on behalf of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, the prime minister, Malaysian government and nationals, expressed heartfelt appreciation to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

He added that the effort was made possible with the involvement of several stakeholders namely the Brunei Darussalam High Commission in Putrajaya, the Malaysian High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan, the Malaysian Embassy in Egypt, Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), Malaysia’s Ministry of Health and the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

“The (Malaysian) Government will continue to strive to ensure that the safety, health and welfare of Malaysians stranded abroad are not neglected and will continue to be committed to providing assistance.”

He also welcomes cooperation from any quarters to assist the government to bring home Malaysians stranded in other countries.

Additionally, a representative from the High Commission of Malaysia extended their wishes and deepest gratitude to the Brunei government and counterparts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health.

“We can only stand strong in this uncertain situation by uniting together and complementing one another.”

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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