KUALA LUMPUR, June 12, 2020 - Eighty-one Malaysians who were stranded in the southern Philipines because of the COVID-19 outbreak returned home via the Malaysian People's Repatriation Mission yesterday.
They were flown home via the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Charlie C-130 aircraft which landed at Terminal 2 of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA).
The flight was a joint effort by the Foreign Ministry, the Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines and the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) through the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
They were stranded in the Philipines following the enforcement of curfew and lockdown in that country to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The C-130 aircraft lead by Major Muhammad Izwanshah Azman, assisted by the crew of the No 20 Squadron consisting of Major Mohd Azrin Zaihari, Captain Muhammad Sujangi and Captain Nor Sazmil Nor Azman and two Air Force Quarters, Flait Sergeant Wahiyudin Wahid and Air Force Sergeant Mohd Yusoff departed from the air base in Labuan at 10 am yesterday, before arriving at the Zamboanga International Airport at noon.
The flight with all 81 Malaysians stranded in the southern Philipines then departed at 3.25 pm and arrived at the KKIA at 4.25pm.
Five medical officers from the Health Ministry as well as the RMAF were also on board to monitor the passengers. All mission personnel are also equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them free from virus infections.