Following the safe return of Malaysians stranded in Egypt, Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister and Foreign Ministry’s COVID-19 Task Force Chairman Dato Kamarudin Jaffar, on behalf of the Malaysian Government, extended his gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for consenting to allowing these 84 individuals to join the Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight that was used to bring home 184 Bruneian students.
The Malaysian Deputy Minister said, in a statement, that the Malaysian Government also assisted Brunei in repatriating some 134 Bruneian students stranded in Malaysia. “They were flown back by a Malaysian Airlines flight, which arrived at the Brunei International Airport (on March 29) at 5.15am,” he said. “The same flight later brought the 84 Malaysians back to Malaysia, along with another 25 that had been stranded in Brunei. They safely landed in Kuala Lumpur at 12.11pm.”
He said the evacuation efforts would not be possible without the countries’ strong bilateral ties, which included the involvement of the Brunei Darussalam High Commission in Malaysia, the Malaysian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam, the Malaysian Embassy in Egypt, the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), the Malaysian Health Ministry and the Malaysian Immigration Department.