Second batch of local students from UK arrives home

Lyna Mohamad

Another group of local students in the United Kingdom (UK) transported back yesterday and was immediately taken to isolation centres.

The students’ parents were relieved when they found out about the government’s initiative through the Ministry of Education (MoE), to bring home students from the UK, where COVID-19 cases are on a rapid rise.

One parent, whose daughter was on the first batch of students returning to the country, expressed her gratitude to the Government of 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 looking after the local students overseas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said, “As a mother, just like many other parents, I was worried about her health and well-being as well as the fear and anxiety that accompany having to face this outbreak on their own.”

On the daughter being at the isolation centre, she said, “As much as I want her to be with us right now, I fully support the government’s initiative to isolate incoming travellers to safeguard the safety of the community.”

The Sports Village at the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Centre, which is a quarantine centre. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

Another parent, whose son was in the second group of students that returned from the UK yesterday, applauded the MoE’s move.

She said, “I thank His Majesty and the Ministry of Health and MoE for the proactive measures in ensuring the safety of Bruneians, especially students who are currently studying abroad.”

She also counted her blessings for living in the Abode of Peace and having a monarch who cares of his subjects.

She said her son is undergoing self-isolation, knowing that complying with the safety measures is part of the efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country, adding that she looked forward to spending their time together through this difficult time once he is released from the isolation centre.

“I trust that my son as well as his fellow students are in the care of professionals. May Allah the Almighty continue to give us strength, along with His Majesty and his government, in getting through this calamity,” she said.