Authorities urged to help stranded Sarawakians who want to return home

Lavenia Mawas

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SIBU, April 6: Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) urges the authorities to render cash assistance to Sarawakians who are stranded outstation.

According to its secretary-general Lavenia Mawas, the party had received numerous reports of Sarawakians who are stranded outstation and could not return as they have run out of money.

She disclosed this in response to a news report of a 20-year old jobless man who leapt from the first floor of a motel in Jalan Foochow yesterday morning. It is believed the victim was depressed after he had run out of money and could not return to his hometown in Kapit.

He had on April 3 checked into the motel following his arrival from Bintulu.

“SWP received a lot of reports. Many Sarawakians in Kuala Lumpur were stranded in hotels or apartments as there are no flights or their flights have been rescheduled to a later date. They have also run out of money and are unable to pay for their accommodation and food,” Lavenia revealed today.

She added that some of these individuals had approached the relevant authorities for assistance but were unsuccessful as the authorities do not have a proper SOP to handle their case.

She opined hotel and apartment owners in the country should consider the problems faced by their tenants due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“Genuine cases like this should be brought to the attention of the relevant authorities by the hotel or apartment owners of those affected,” she added.

She believed that if the government can render help to those stranded overseas, it can also do thesame for those stranded here in the country who are in need of money to pay for their hotel or apartment expenses. — DayakDaily