Almost 1,000 Malaysian students still stranded in Indonesia

The Malaysian Embassy here is closely monitoring Malaysian students still stranded in the republic, with the assistance of the National Association of Malaysian Students in Indonesia (PKPMI) and local authorities.
It said 989 students are still in the neighbouring country, as they are still attending classes or in the midst of settling their student visa.
So far, 2,799 Malaysian students in Indonesia have returned since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Zainal Abidin Bakar, said the embassy and Education Malaysia in Indonesia (EMI) are always in contact through video conferencing with PKPMI representatives all over Indonesia to obtain the latest information on their condition.
“We also told them to comply with the order of the authorities, to look after their hygiene and practice social distancing, apart from obtaining the latest information on whatever problems they are facing to identify the forms of assistance we could provide,” he said.
In a video conference with PKPMI representatives today, Zainal Abidin also told them to help find students from Malaysia studying in religious schools, and to register them with PKPMI.
In the session, Medan PKPMI president, Muhammad Syazwan Basri, Aceh PKPMI president, Muhammad Syafiq Ismail, Bali PKPMI president, S.K. Dharshinee, Ponorogo PKPMI president, Yusuf Mohd Suhair, and Surabaya PKPMI president H. Hasvene Kaur, said Malaysian students are in good health. – Bernama