PUTRAJAYA MAR 24: Medical experts at 26 hospitals in Malaysia will have video conference sessions with their counterparts from China on March 26 (Thursday) in the effort to combat COVID-19.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, prior to that he and his counterpart in China had discussed and requested for medical experts to be sent to Malaysia to help overcome the pandemic.
“I have requested China to send their experts the soonest possible to enable the front liners to combat COVID-19 in the most effective ways.
Following that discussion, Chinese medical experts will share with us the best formula and strategic methods to fight COVID-19,” he said in a press conference here today.
Hishammuddin also said, through good diplomatic relationship with United Arab Emirates (UAE) , Wisma Putra (ministry) is trying to get medical equipment aids from the country in the shortest possible time.
Commenting on Malaysians stranded overseas, Hishammuddin said, 1,000 Malaysians including from Uzbekistan, Egypt, Maldives, Nigeria, Thailand, Japan and Cambodia had been brought back successfully.
“Today Wisma Putra has brought back 696 Malaysians who have been stranded in India with the cooperation of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) and AirAsia.
“With the assistance of Wisma Putra, the National Disaster Relief Fund (NADMA) had brought back 46 Malaysians from Iran,” he added.
In another development, he said 367 Malaysians are now in Bangladesh and from that, 219 are students, 55 are staffs from the Field Hospital in Cox Bazar, 73 residing and working in Bangladesh with their families and 20 civil servants working with the Malaysian High Commission in Bangladesh.
According to Hishammuddin, 270 have agreed to come back but seven staff will remain working in the High Commission on the request of the government.
Hishammuddin added, tomorrow (March 25) Malaysian Airlines will fly to Bangladesh to bring back 270 Malaysians and again MIC will bear the flight cost.
Meanwhile, President of MIC, Tan Sri S.Vigneswaran said, the party has RM200 million fund and in view of COVID-19 that is considered as emergency, the party has agreed to bear the flight costs as a show of support to the government in this difficult time – Malaysia World News.