KOTA KINABALU: Yayasan Sabah-sponsored students studying at secondary schools in Peninsular Malaysia, have begun to return home for the school holidays.
The state-owned Yayasan Sabah has facilitated the return of 93 Sabah students “stuck” in Peninsular Malaysia due to travel restrictions due to Covid-19.
The first batch, comprising 84 secondary school students, arrived at the airport here from Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Dec 2), while a second batch is scheduled to return on Friday (Dec 4).
Yayasan Sabah director Datuk Gulamhaidar Khan Bahadar, who was at the airport to welcome them back, said the students involved were from 30 secondary schools in Peninsular Malaysia.
He said the first group were from Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu and Tawau, while the remaining nine secondary students from the second group will return on a direct flight to Sandakan from Kuala Lumpur.
“The students return process was arranged in stages based on compliance with the guidelines set by the National Security Council and Ministry of Health, ” he said, adding that they were housed at Wisma Yayasan Sabah and Asrama Andi in Kuala Lumpur prior to their return.
All of the students have undergone the Covid-19 screening test in Kuala Lumpur and will be in quarantine at their respective homes.
The students are expected to be in Sabah until school re-opens on Jan 20,2021," he added.
He also hoped that parents would play their part in ensuring the students abide by the quarantine procedures set by the Health Ministry once the students arrive at their respective homes.
This is the second time during the pandemic that Yayasan Sabah Group brought back its sponsored students.
The first was in May 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic.
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