PUTRAJAYA: Wisma Putra has been asked to present its plans, as well as the estimated cost to repatriate Malaysians stranded overseas, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said the special Cabinet committee was told that 10,484 Malaysians are potentially stranded abroad.
In explaining this, the minister said those who are about to complete their studies overseas and no longer need to be in that country are considered as having the potential to be stranded.
“Also, those who are working overseas and have been laid off, or are about to be laid off, they too are categorised as having potential to be stranded. These includes Malaysians who work as pilots or flight crews in Oman, and our students in Egypt and Jordan.
“We were informed that there are 10,484 Malaysians in this category and we have asked the Foreign Ministry to propose plans and costing should we need to help our people who are stranded abroad, ” he said on Monday (July 6).
According to Wisma Putra, there are an estimated 457,000 Malaysians abroad and only 387,702 registered with the Malaysian embassies or high commissions.
“We urge those who have not registered to do so, so that we know their status and can offer them assistance if they need help, ” said Ismail Sabri.
This, he said, is particularly so for Malaysians who are in “high risk’ countries where the country’s doors are still closed for travel. He, however, did not elaborate on what is meant by “high risk” countries.
Ismail Sabri also said the use of the Covid-19 Fund will be further expanded to assist bringing home stranded Malaysians.
“We hope the public will continue to generously donate to the fund so that we can help to bring home fellow Malaysians safely, ” he said.
The Covid-19 Fund was launched on March 11 as a government effort to help those affected by the pandemic.
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