Flight and bus passengers urged to come forward


THE state government is urging passengers of Qatar Airways QR866 which flew in from Doha and the passengers of express bus StarMart Express AJS 6666 to come forward to assist the state Health Department.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow in his daily announcement via Facebook live, referred to the message on social media posted by the state Health Department urging those on that specific flight on March 19 and the bus to come forward.

“I urge all of you to obey the given instructions.

“Do not be stubborn, as this is not a trivial matter, ” he said.

The department in a social media post called for the attention of the passengers of the flight which arrived at the Penang International Airport on March 19 at 2pm.

The StarMart Express had left Kuala Lumpur to go to Penang on March 22.

The passengers of both the flight and the express bus were urged to contact the northeast district’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) at 04-281 8900.

The department, however, made no mention of Covid-19 infection.

Chow then shared that the number of cases in Penang as of noon on Saturday was 86, with six new cases recorded.

“I hope this figure will not further increase, ” he said.

Chow also said that Penang would start disbursing its RM75mil Covid-19 economic stimulus package starting Wednesday.

He said that RM30,000 would be channelled to each of the 40 assemblymen to help out the people in their respective areas who are in need.

“For Penangites, I promise that the money will start to be disbursed on Wednesday.

“Our focus now is to ensure all aid and financial incentives arrive in time for the targeted recipients, ” he said.

He also announced that Opposition leader Datuk Muhamad Yusoff Mohd Noor has been roped in to join the Penang Safety Committee which is chaired by Chow himself.

“As stressed since the start of this crisis, the issue should not be politicised.

“I have contacted Muhamad Yusoff, who is Sungai Dua assemblyman and invited him to be in the state Safety Committee.

“The committee is responsible to coordinate various agencies in tackling the Covid-19 crisis and look after the welfare of the people.

“We need to combine our strength so that efforts to reach out and help the people can be done efficiently, ” he said.

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