Gov’t Ensures Health of 362 Indonesian Crew Members Aboard Westerdam Ship
Date 21 Februari 2020
In a bid to provide protection for Indonesian citizens, especially overseas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Phnom Penh has ensured the wellbeing of 362 Indonesian crew members aboard the Westerdam Cruise Ship.
“The Cambodian Government stated that all passengers and crew of the Westerdam Cruise Ship were not infected with the COVID-19 virus,” as cited from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website on Friday (21/2).
For the record, the Westerdam Ship carried 1,455 passengers and 802 crew. The Ship was rejected entry by several countries such as Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines from the fear of the virus before finally docked at Sihanoukville on 12 February 2020.
The Indonesian citizens aboard the ship expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the Indonesian Government, through the KBRI team who visited them directly. “It is expected that the meeting and dialogue would provide moral support and increase the assurance of the Indonesian crew to continue carrying out their duties,” as quoted from the website. (kemlu.go.id/EN)
Translated by: Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Reviewed by: Mia M. Bonaedy