25 Labuan Matriculation College students denied permission to leave Labuan

LABUAN: A total of 25 students of the Labuan Matriculation College (LMC) who were stuck on campus were denied permission to exit the duty-free-island to return to their hometown in Limbang, Sarawak, today after failing to obey the stranded higher education students movement standard operating procedure (SOP).

The students, mostly female, were seen disembarking the college’s bus at the Labuan International Ferry Terminal at around 7am before they were questioned by policemen at the terminal and asked to return to their campus.

According to Labuan Natural Disaster Management committee chairman, Dr Fary Akmal Osman, the students failed to produce proof or letter of release from the Labuan police station and their departure to their hometown was through personal arrangement.

She said they should have waited for the SOP and they have to undergo a thorough health check including a swab test before they are allowed to return home.

“Labuan is classified as COVID-19 yellow zone, and we are still waiting for the SOP from central government.

“We are still unsure, whether or not we can release the students currently in a yellow zone to return to their homeland which is probably in red, yellow or green zone,” she told Bernama when contacted.

Dr Fary said the committee was in the process of getting the ‘green light’ from the Sabah and Sarawak governments on the arrangements for students who are still in their campus.

Besides the Labuan Matriculation College, Labuan also has the University Malaysia Sabah Labuan International Campus. It is estimated that thousands of students are still in their respective hostels.