455 more Malaysian students scheduled to return home today
Submitted by Najiah on Monday, February 7th, 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011 19:46:00
JEDDAH: A total of 455 more Malaysian students evacuated from Egypt and sheltered at the Haj Transit Centre, Madinatul Hujjaj here, are scheduled to depart for Malaysia today.

Malaysia’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Prof Datuk Syed Omar Al Saggaf, said 355 of them would fly home on a special Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight at 4pm while the remaining 100 on MAS commercial flight MH141 at 9.20pm (all local times).

“Tomorrow, 1,215 more students will be sent home, 355 on a special MAS flight and 860 on two Boeing 747 aircraft contributed by the Saudi government,” he told a news conference here.

He said the embassy was stepping out efforts to sent home students evacuated from Cairo as quickly as possible to prevent cramping at the centre.

At present, the centre is providing shelter for 5,233 students airlifted out of Egypt and with the 455 students scheduled to leave today plus the 1,215 tomorrow, it is expected that the reduced congestion would help the remaining students to be more comfortable.

Syed Omar said the MAS flight tomorrow was scheduled to depart at 2.20pm while the aircraft provided by the Saudi government at 6pm and 9pm respectively.

He also said at the same time, the embassy was also making efforts to sent the students home on commercial flights.

“We want the students to get home as quickly as possibele,” he said, adding that the embassy was making plans for daily flights able to bring home 455 students in one go from Wednesday (Feb 9) till Feb 13.

“The day after tomorrow and thereafter we aim to have one flight daily from Jeddah for the students and if can, we aim to complete the mission of sending the evacuated students home by Sunday (Feb 13),” he said.

He urged the parents of the students to be patient and assured that the embassy, government agencies involved and Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) were taking good care of the students at the centre.

He added that TH was providing three meals a day for them and also necessities like toothbrush and tootpaste, towels and soap besides milk for those with little children as well as health services.