Stranded Syrian leaves KLIA2 for Canada


Moving on: Kontar and one of his sponsors Laurie Cooper sharing a light moment after he arrived at an airport in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. — AP

KUALA LUMPUR: A Syrian refugee who spent several months in limbo in a budget terminal at a Malaysian airport has been granted permanent residency by Canada and is en route to Vancouver, his lawyer said.

Hassan al-Kontar’s plight became widely known after he shared posts on social media that showed him surviving on donated airline meals, washing and giving himself a haircut in the toilets at Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s Terminal 2.

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