First batch of UTeM students arrive at Melaka, N. Sembilan, Johor destinations today

MELAKA The first batch of 28 students from Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) arrived safely at their respective destinations in three states, namely Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Johor early this morning.


UTeM deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs) Associate Professor Dr Nurulfajar Abd Manap said the return of students to 12 areas in the three states started at 9 pm last night and the last vehicle safely returned to UTeM’s main campus at Durian Tunggal, Alor Gajah near here at 5.30 am this morning.


He said the three main things that delighted UTeM were the smooth return of students to their hometowns, compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and the good cooperation of the entire  machinery of government agencies involved.



“Overall the aspects of compliance with SOPs were implemented successfully in respect to students, staff and the vehicles involved right from the start to finish


“All the vehicles used were once again disinfected soon after sending off the students and before heading back to UTeM’s main campus,” he said in a statement here today.


Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on April 23 announced that students who had been stranded on campus during the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) would be allowed to return to their families in accordance with the conditions set.



Bernama had earlier reported that there were about 100,000 students involved, citing Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.


Meanwhile, UTeM vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Raha Abdul Rahim said the smooth momentum set in sending back the first batch of students is hoped to be maintained to ensure the smooth movement of the second batch of students from the Central Zone scheduled for next Monday (May 4th).


Source: BERNAMA News Agency