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Malaysians Stranded In KLIA For Hours After Being Denied Entry Over Travel Ban Confusion

Malaysians Stranded In KLIA For Hours After Being Denied Entry Over Travel Ban Confusion

Apparently, there was confusion if the new entry ban applied to Malaysians.

Kirat Kaur

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After the entry ban from 23 countries into Malaysia took effect on 7 September, confusion was abound at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as many Malaysians found themselves stranded for hours with Immigration denying their entry.

What you need to know: The Star reported that around 200 Malaysians left to wait for over 10 hours at KLIA on 8 September as they claimed that there were no hotel rooms to quarantine the arrivals. The confusion seemed to stem from airline staff, airport personnel and immigration officers trying to affirm if the new entry ban ruling applied to them as well.

Who said what: Immigration officers told The Star that Malaysians with all the proper documents would be allowed entry. Malaysian lawyer and former deputy public prosecutor Samantha Chong also took to Twitter to highlight the issue and stated that no Malaysian citizen can be denied entry into the country, as enshrined in Article 9 of the Federal Constitution.

How did it get here: Over the National Day weekend, social media was abuzz when Malaysians departing the country shared that they were asked to sign a declaration form that they would not return as long as the MCO is in place.

But Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob later affirmed during the entry ban announcement on 1st September that Malaysian citizens cannot be barred from returning.

Last week, Malaysia officially announced border closure to all citizens from countries with over 150,000 recorded cases of Covid-19, beginning 7 September. The ban prohibits the entry of foreign visitors regardless of visa status from 23 countries including the United Kingdom, United States, Saudi Arabia and India.

Read more:

Passengers stranded in KLIA (The Star)

Malaysia Bans Indian, Indonesian & Philippines Pass Holders From Entering Due To Covid-19 (TRP)

Malaysia Closes Borders To Countries With Over 150,000 Covid-19 Cases, Including US & Saudi Arabia (TRP)


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