84 YS-sponsored students arrive in KK
Published on: Thursday, December 03, 2020
By: Bernama
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Ghulam welcoming the students at KKIA.
Kota Kinabalu: Some 84 secondary school students sponsored by Yayasan Sabah (YS) in the peninsula arrived in Kota Kinabalu Wednesday after being stranded for more than a month in their respective hostels following the enforcement of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Sabah.

The Form One to Form Four secondary school students arrived at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) at 1.40pm on a Malaysia Airlines flight and were greeted by YS Director Datuk Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahadar.

“All the students underwent swab tests before being sent back to Sabah,” he told reporters while welcoming the students at KKIA.

According to him, students who come from districts near Kota Kinabalu or live in the area will continue to be sent back and undergo quarantine for 14 days at their respective homes.

He said 15 students would be sent back to Tawau and three more to Lahad Datu today (Thursday).

“Therefore, parents need to be fully responsible in ensuring that these children do not move about freely to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

Ghulam Haidar said another direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan had been scheduled to bring nine more YS-sponsored students tomorrow (Friday).

“There are still 25 Form Five YS-sponsored students staying in the YS house in the peninsula who have not been sent back because they are sitting for exams,” he added.

Meanwhile, the 84 students expressed relief upon their return to Sabah after having been stranded in the peninsula for more than a month.

The Yayasan Sabah-sponsored students’ air tickets were provided by the foundation.

Form Three student Gloria Abigail Ikas, 15, of SMK (P) Sultan Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, told Bernama at the airport that while she was stranded in the peninsula, she tried not to be overwhelmed by her emotions by spending time with friends and engaging in activities.

Wan NorAzlyn, 15, of SMK Agama Johor Bahru said that staying at the Yayasan Sabah hostel entitled them to free meals.

“I am extremely happy that I can finally go back today to my lovely hometown Beaufort. 

“Being apart from family members during this time of crisis was very hard for me. To be honest, I was homesick. However, as time passed, I got used to the environment there,” she said. 


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