Tatmadaw naval vessels retrieve Myanmar citizens in Malaysia who wish to come back home

Nay Pyi Taw February 23

At the Union Government meeting held on 2 February at the President House, State Administration Council Chairman Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing gave a guidance to bring back Myanmar citizens long lasting stranding abroad soonest as they who are facing a lot of troubles in foreign countries due to COVID-19 should come back home. So, Naval Vessel Mottama, seagoing mobile hospital Thanlwin and war vessel Hsinbyushin led by Commodore Naing Min Kyaw of the Tatmadaw (Navy) left Yangon for Lumut naval port in Malaysia on 15 February to bring back Myanmar citizens who were facing various difficulties to come back to Myanmar for many reasons since the past.

The three naval ships of the Tatmadaw (Navy) arrived at Lumut naval port on 21 February morning and properly took over 1,086 Myanmar citizens through the Myanmar Embassy to Malaysia and officials of the Malaysian Immigration Department. In the evening, the naval ships left Lumut naval port for Yangon, Myanmar.

Those Myanmar citizens have the certificates of identity (C of I) for returning home and passed the COVID-19 test. The homecoming people underwent health check, and got cloths and personal items and received a warm welcome and appropriate accommodation on their return journey.

Arrangements will be made for their soonest reunion with their families and generate job opportunities for those returnee Myanmar citizens. Tatmadaw members are providing them with security, food, accommodation and healthcare service on board the war ships including seagoing mobile hospital Thanlwin during the homecoming voyage. They will arrive back in Myanmar on 27 February.

A programme to retrieve Myanmar citizens who were facing various kinds of difficulties in Malaysia to come back home was presented to the former government. It was not successful as it was not approved.

Only at present, the programme can be successfully realized.