COVID-19: 108 individuals stranded in Nunukan safely brought back to Tawau


By – MRA (Sabah Senior Correspondent)

TAWAU: Around 108 individuals stranded in Nunukan, Indonesia arrived at Tawau Ferry Terminal with a special entry given by the Sabah state government by boarding KM Francis Express ferry on Thursday.

All the individuals who arrived around 11.11 morning is comprised of 46 male and 62 female including 18 children between age 2 to 70 years old.

All of them is said to miss boarding the ferry earlier from Nunukan in Phase 3 to bring back Malaysians stranded after Movement Control Order enforce on March 18.

Sabah Nasional Security Council director Sharifah Sitti Saleha Habib Yussof when contacted affirmed the process.

She said 86 are Malaysians and 22 Indonesians holding Social Visit pass.

All of them later have been sent to Institut Pendidikan Guru in Kampus Balung Tawau for 14 days quarantine to ensure they are free from COVID-19.

The rescue operation involved officers from various law enforcement agencies including Immigration, Police, Medical Officers, Maritime Enforcement Agency Malaysia, Armed Forces, Civil Defence and Rela.

In total around 236 Malaysians were brought back from Nunukan, Indonesia.