1,680 east zone students to return home beginning Wednesday


KUANTAN A total of 1,680 students from public and private institutions of higher learning (IPT) in the east coast, who have been stranded on campus following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of COVID-19, will be the first batch from the region to return home on Wednesday (April 29).


Universiti Malaysia Pahang Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Profesor Datuk Dr Yuserrie Zainuddin, who is also the head coordinator of the east zone, said the first trip on Wednesday involved only those returning to their home states in the east coast.


Trips to the central, north and south zones would be carried out in stages from Saturday (May 2) to May 10, involving six scheduled journeys.



“To ensure a smooth journey, a series of discussions were held involving the administration of all public and private institutions of higher learning, polytechnics and community colleges in Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.


“The discussions also involved the cooperation of the Ministry of Health, National Security Council, National Disaster Management Agency and the police,” he said in a statement after chairing a meeting on the east zone IPT students’ scheduled return to their homes at the UMP campus in Gambang today.


Yuserrie advised all the students, who would have to undergo COVID-19 screening to ensure they are not suffering from sore throat, cough or flu and have their temperatures taken at their respective university’s health centres, to wear face masks for the duration of the journey home.



For UMP, he said 265 students, 15 communications officers and 30 drivers (from 15 buses) would be screened for the first phase of the trip on Wednesday before leaving from its Gambang campus to their respective destinations.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency