THE Chinese Consulate General in Penang is helping Chinese citizens to extend their stay in peninsular Malaysia in view of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in their country.
Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Penang Lu Shiwei said at least five Chinese nationals had approached them for a special pass application.
He said the special pass allows a maximum 30-day stay in Malaysia, depending on the severity of the cases.
He said the application was meant for those who had been infected by Covid-19 or those with family members infected by the disease.
He added that those who failed to get a flight out of the country and those residing in the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu were allowed to apply for the special pass.
“We have received more than five applications since Feb 11, ” he said during a briefing on the disease at the Chinese Consulate General in Penang on Wednesday.
“On our part, we are helping them to compile all the necessary documents before getting a letter of reference from the Chinese Embassy.
“Once that is done, we’ll help them submit their departure flight dates and validation from the embassy to the Immigration Department for approval.”
Lu also expressed his appreciation to Malaysians who were supporting China in facing this hard time.
“Malaysians have been generous in lending a helping hand to China.
“Earlier, the Malaysian Govern-ment donated 18 million medical gloves to China.
“Individuals and associations also donated money and other essential items to Chinese nationals, ” he said.
He added that Chinese nationals in the northern region could contact the Chinese Consulate General in Penang to seek help or get the latest updates on Covid-19.
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