Thank you for bringing us home!

91 Sarawakians are home finally.

KUCHING, Dec 18:  A Sibuan stranded in Papua New Guinea (PNG) expresses gratitude to Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin for the latter’s timely assistance in bringing 106 of them (including 91 Sarawakians) from PNG back to Kuching International Airport.

On behalf of the 106 Malaysians, a Sibuan wrote a letter of appreciation to Lee.

“On behalf of all 106 Malaysian passengers on board charter flight Air Niugini PX9396 from Port Moresby to Kuching and 74 Malaysian passengers from Malaysia to Papua New Guinea on 17 Dec 2020, I would like to send my heartfelt thank you for all the hard work that you and your team had put through to smooth up this charter flight. 

“Without your kind and prompt assistance, we can’t imagine how the situation might unfold as there have been numerous postponements on this charter flight due to unforeseen circumstances,” said the Sibuan.

He firstly thanked Lee for for helping them to liaise with Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) when Air Niugini had some difficulties applying for Foreign Air Operator Certificate (FAOC). 

He then expressed appreciation to Lee and his team for liaising with Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) team on getting all Malaysian passengers coming back to Malaysia from Papua New Guinea and vice versa. 

“Many of us faced difficulties and issues when applying Enter Sarawak and you and your team had really helped us a lot by guiding and liaising with SDMC in order to get all of our applications approved in time,” said the Sibuan.

A total of 106 Malaysians which consisted of 91 Sarawakians, five Sabahans and 10 West Malaysians, were stranded in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since mid October 2020, as there is no flight standby due to Covid-19 pandemic.

In face of the predicament, a Sarawakian in PNG sought the help of Lee on behalf of all the stranded Sarawakians by reaching out to Lee’s Facebook Messenger. — DayakDaily