96 Malaysians returned from India had to be quarantined 14 days following HADR decision

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KUALA LUMPUR JULY 18: Ninety-six Malaysians including 62 “jemaah tabligh” who were stranded in India since March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic reached Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) early this morning.

However all of them have to undergo 14 days compulsory quarantine at two centres namely Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) and Higher Education and Leadership Academy (AKEPT).

The Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein in a statement said, this procedure was the decision made in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Indian Coordination Meeting (HADR) 6.0 held a day before the flight departure.

He said, Wisma Putra with the cooperation of the Malaysian Representative in India will continue the effort to bring back in stages the “jemaah tabligh” who are still in India.

“The Malaysians were detained by the Indian authorities for the alleged misuse of their social visit visas for religious activities. However most of them had gone through the legal processes and were freed from the allegations.

“From the 96 who returned home today 34 were not associated with the tabligh group,” said Hishammuddin in the statement today.

Hishammuddin thanked the Indian Government for the cooperation given to the government and Wisma Putra specifically to the Malaysian Representative in the effort to help the Malaysians who were stranded including the “tablighs”.

The Minister also stressed that the Malaysian government had confronted several constraints in the effort to solve the diplomacy process and discussions as the “tabligh” members had broken the laws of the Indian Government.

Nevertheless he said, with the prayers, “doa”, patience and the trust of the people on the government, now the issue had been solved.

Apart from that, Hishammuddin said, throughout the process of solving the issue, the government of Malaysia through the councillor had assisted the Malaysians including giving food, medicines and their daily basic needs.

“The Malaysian Representative in India had also provided legal services to defend them the best possible ways apart from providing necessary accommodation,” said Hishammuddin in the statement. –Malaysia World News

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