KUCHING, June 20: Sarawakian teachers stranded since the implementation of restricted movement orders on March 18 are now on their way back to their hometowns after Rumah Sarawak in KL and Sarawak Volunteers successfully attained reasonable prices for their airline tickets.
According to the patron of Sarawak Volunteers Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, this was possible as a result of discussions with Malaysia Airlines, the Sarawak State Department of Education and the Sarawak Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
“The flights to bring teachers will commence operation on the 19th and 20th of June 2020. I have also engaged with students via online video conferencing in our ‘Abas Orang Kamek’ programme to closely monitor their situation throughout the MCO,” he added.
The Senior Minister of Work (Infrastructure Cluster) also expressed his gratitude to Rumah Sarawak in Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak Volunteers for their involvement in ensuring that Sarawakians had access to food supply during the Movement Control Order (MCO) implementation.
Fadillah said both Rumah Sarawak and Sarawak Volunteers were then involved in bringing back Sarawakian students to their hometowns with the joint effort of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Human Resources, Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and Malaysia Airlines.
“I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all the ministries and committees who jointly coordinate this effort along with Rumah Sarawak and Sarawak Volunteers. In addition, we also help Sarawakians who are stranded to return to Sarawak.
“As the Patron of Sarawak Volunteers, I continuously brought up relevant issues during the ministerial meeting on MCO, in Putrajaya. Having a committed team has made it possible for us to bring back a total of 9,668 Sarawakian students home,” he said in a statement on June 19.—DayakDaily