The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently trying to help 274 Malaysians who are stranded in India after flights from Malaysia into the country were banned in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.
In a statement today, Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the ministry and the special task force on Covid-19 are looking for a resolution to help Malaysians who intended to come home. “It is hoped that those who are stranded remain calm. Although this is beyond our jurisdiction and we have to depend on the discretion of the government there to give its approval for our people to come home, Wisma Putra will try its best to help,” he said.
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Saya ambil maklum ramai rakyat Malaysia terkandas dan hadapi masalah untuk dapatkan penerbangan pulang dari India susulan keputusan Kerajaan India berkaitan #Covid19. Sebuah video yang tular di Media Sosial menunjukkan seorang pegawai daripada pihak berkuasa India mengatakan ini keputusan Kerajaan Malaysia adalah tidak benar. Di bawah #PerintahKawalanPergerakan, sememangnya rakyat kita dibenar pulang ke tanah air. Mereka hanya dikehendaki menjalani pemeriksaan kesihatan dan melakukan kuarantin secara sukarela (self quarantine) selama 14 hari selepas pulang. Diharapkan mereka yang terkandas bertenang. Walaupun, ini di luar bidang kuasa kita kerana perlu bergantung kepada budi bicara Kerajaan luar untuk memberi kebenaran kepada rakyat kita pulang, @mofamalaysia akan bantu yang terdaya. Kita telah berhubung dengan Perwakilan Malaysia di sana. Taskforce #Covid19 Wisma Putra juga sedang meneliti usaha yang boleh membantu untuk mencari penyelesaian bagi mereka yang ingin pulang ke Malaysia. Kepimpinan tertinggi @mic_malaysia juga telah menghubungi saya dan berikrar untuk bantu secara langsung – insyaAllah ada jalan penyelesaian. Kepada rakyat di sana, sila hubungi nombor/emel di bawah :- Suruhanjaya Tinggi Malaysia di New Delhi No telefon : +91 11 2415 9300 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Konsulat Jeneral Malaysia di Chennai No telefon : (91 44)2433 4434/35/36 Email : email@example.com Konsulat Jeneral Malaysia di Mumbai No telefon : 00 9122 2645 5751/52/55 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Hishammuddin, however, denied the claim that the flight cancellations were carried out by the Malaysian government.
He pointed out the movement control order would not affect Malaysians abroad as claimed in a viral video featuring Malaysians stranded in India.
He said Malaysians abroad were permitted to return home but would have to undergo health screenings and self-quarantine for 14 days. As at 9am, the minister said 274 Malaysians were confirmed stranded in India, with 73 in Delhi, 200 in Chennai and one in Mumbai.
The video clip shows a group of people in a sitting protest at the entrance of the Tiruchirappalli airport in Tamil Nadu upon the cancellation of their flights home. An airport officer could be heard claiming that the decision was made by the Malaysian government.
The officer also requested the disgruntled passengers appeal to the Malaysian consulate-general in Chennai while promising to organise a meeting with the relevant party.
Malaysiakini reported that a Malaysian in Chennai who only wished to be known as Gunalan confirmed that his flight from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur Thursday morning was cancelled. He was informed by the airlines that rescheduling of the flights would only be known after March 31st.
Meanwhile, an AirAsia spokesperson told Malaysiakini that the airline was forced to cancel flights back to Kuala Lumpur as India had imposed a ban on all flights from Malaysia, effective yesterday. “Flights can’t go there so they can’t come back,” said the spokesperson.
It was reported that the Indian government temporarily banned the entry of passengers from Malaysia effectively from March 17 to March 31.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated their social media platforms to ensure 75 Malaysians in Delhi, Jaipur and Amritsar.
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Pihak Perwakilan Malaysia di New Delhi sedang berusaha untuk membantu rakyat Malaysia yang terkandas di India. #coronavirus #coronavirusoutbreak #covid_19 #staysafe #malaysia #rakyatmalaysia #rakyatmalaysiadiluarnegeri #rakyatmalaysiadiperantauan #malaysiandiaspora #malaysianabroad #klntaskforce_covid19 #malaysiaku #sayangimalaysiaku #malaysiaintheeyesoftheworld #wismaputra #wismaputraprihatin @kkmm_gov @kementeriankesihatanmalaysia @mkn_rasmi @japenmalaysia
More updates to follow.
Malaysians affected are advised to contact Malaysian missions in India: High Commission in New Delhi (+91 11 2415 9300, email@example.com), consulate-general in Chennai (+91 44 2433 4434/35/36, firstname.lastname@example.org); and consulate general in Mumbai (+ 9122 2645 5751/52/55, email@example.com)