I HAVE been living in Malaysia for over 30 years and am a permanent resident.
I am employed as a pilot with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) Japan. In the current Covid-19 environment, NCA is providing essential services by transporting vaccine and personal protective equipment to all parts of the world.
Under normal circumstances, I would spend my rest time (10 days off per month) in Malaysia with my wife Mariana, son Zane and daughter Alyssa. I have chosen to remain away at work for this extended period as I really wish to contribute to the global fight against this pandemic.
I left Malaysia on June 3 and have not been able to return home since. I have been applying to return home since Aug 8.
Given the infection prevention protocol that I work under, and the fact that I am fully vaccinated, I am amazed that Malaysian immigration has rejected my application and yet it is going to allow foreign tourists into Langkawi.
Rather than simply rejecting my application on the basis that I am a non-citizen, they should be more considerate towards people who are missing their family. Mental well-being is definitely not being considered in some circumstances.
Considering the restrictions placed on aircrew worldwide, NCA has implemented strict protocols to minimise the chance of exposure of our employees. Our crew members only ever use private transport and are largely confined to the layover hotel. Our temperatures are taken daily, and Covid-19 screening tests are done when necessary.
I have never tested positive since the outbreak of the pandemic. Additionally, I can confirm that I was fully vaccinated in the United States.
With the world starting to learn to live with the virus, I cannot understand how the Malaysian government can continue to be so inconsiderate.