Fourth batch of Indonesians heads home

Lyna Mohamad

Another group of Indonesian migrant workers in the country boarded a special flight by Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) to Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday.The flight marked the fourth of such an arrangement by RB, facilitated by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in the country.

Among the 150 Indonesians onboard yesterday’s flight were a critically ill individual and three expectant mothers. The critically ill will be assisted by the National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers (BP2MI) for further treatment at the Bhayangkara Hospital in Jakarta.

Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko said the embassy initially planned to coordinate the special flight next month as there are still a lot of Indonesians who will soon complete their work contracts. To date, 516 Indonesians have been transported home.

The embassy also provided the passengers with gloves, face masks and travel documents as well as a health alert card from the Indonesian Health Ministry.

Upon arrival in Indonesia, the passengers will undergo swab test and 14-day quarantine.

A personnel from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia preps a passenger prior to departure at the Brunei International Airport. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD
Law enforcement officers check the travel documents of passengers