More Than 100 Cambodians Stranded in Malaysia Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Return Home

More than 100 Cambodians students and workers stranded in Malaysia for up to four months without an income landed on a flight back home Tuesday, weeks after Prime Minister Hun Sen walked back a refusal to assist their return citing the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 115 Cambodian nationals, who were ferried back with the help of the Embassy of Cambodia in Kuala Lumpur, had been among 143 that lost their jobs amid the outbreak and lacked the resources to go home. The remaining 28 did not seek support from the embassy, sources told RFA’s Khmer Service, though some had since left Malaysia.

Those who returned Tuesday were tested for COVID-19—the disease caused by the coronavirus—and will remain in isolation for two weeks before they can travel on to their hometowns.

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