LABUAN: The first batch of 102 Sarawak students in Labuan returned to their hometowns in Limbang and Lawas today by two chartered ferries, following the closure of educational institutions nationwide due to COVID-19.
The students, from five educational institutions, were sent home under a programme jointly initiated by the Limbang Resident’s Office and the Sarawak Natural Disaster Management Committee.
Labuan Natural Disaster Management Committee chairman Rithuan Ismail said all the students would have to undergo COVID-19 tests and mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Limbang.
“The Labuan Natural Disaster Management Committee has done the coordination part, getting all students onboard the buses as early at 6 am and departing from their respective hostels to the Labuan International Ferry Terminal to board the ferries at 8.30 am.
“They have gone through the necessary tests and their luggage was sanitised before they boarded the buses,” he told reporters after bidding farewell to the students at the ferry terminal here.
He said of the number, 48 are students from Sekolah Menengah Sains Labuan, 20 from Labuan Matriculation College, 15 from Religious Secondary School of Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council, 10 from Industrial Training Institute and nine from Labuan Vocational College.
Rithuan said some 180 students from Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching in Sarawak who are still in their hostels would be sent home by airlines in the next batch.
“We have submitted a list of students wanting to return to their hometowns in Sarawak to the Sarawak Natural Disaster Management Committee for the arrangement of flights,” he said.