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Students returning to Sabah required to do swab test

KOTA KINABALU Sabah students who are returning home after being stranded in the peninsula or Sarawak, will have to do the swab test either at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport or upon arrival in Kota Kinabalu, said Sabah Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob.

He said this was the procedure which has been set by the Sabah State Health Department (JKNS).

“After the swab test, the students will be allowed to return home where they will be quarantined, while those with symptoms will be admitted to a quarantine centre.

“It will not be ideal if the student has no private room and toilet and if the house is overcrowded and there are elderly people living together.

 “As such, if the home situation is not suitable for isolation, the student will have to stay in a quarantine centre,” he said in a statement here today.

He said students who return from overseas and had not been quarantined in Kuala Lumpur would have to be admitted into a centre for 14 days upon arrival in the state.

Dr Yusof said according to the latest data released by the Higher Education Ministry (KPT) the  movement of students from the peninsula and Sarawak to Sabah, involved 11,653 individuals and the number from Sabah to the peninsula and Sarawak was 3,375.

“All flight tickets will be funded by KPT. Universiti Malaysia Sabah has been appointed as the Sabah Zone manager and will be responsible in seeing to the movement of students entering, exiting and travelling within the state,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Astro to air ‘TV Pendidikan’ beginning tomorrow

The Education Ministry and Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd (Astro) have agreed on a collaboration to air the ministry’s educational television programme (TV Pendidikan) on Astro’s Tutor TV channels, beginning tomorrow.

The ministry in a statement today said the programme would be aired every Monday and Friday, on channels 601 (10 am to 11 am and 3 pm to 4 pm) and 603 ( 11 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm).

“This initiative is to boost students’ access to learning material through an alternative platform, especially for those who have no internet facilities during and post Movement Control Order (MCO),” according to the statement.

The programme can also be watched for free via the Astro GO application, with the schedule available on the ministry’s official portal at www.moe.gov.my, or social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@KemPendidikan).

The TV Pendidikan programme has also been broadcast via TV Okey and Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) since April 6, to facilitate home-based learning for students, teachers and parents, particularly during the current challenging period.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

UMS students to start returning home on Tuesday

KOTA KINABALU Students of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) who have stayed back on campus since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced on March 18 will be allowed to return home beginning Tuesday.

UMS deputy vice-chancellor (Student and Alumni Affairs) Associate Professor Dr Raman Noordin said the students involved would be informed in stages of their travel schedule.

“The coordination of the students’ journey will be based on the conditions set by the state government and Sabah Health Department,” he said in a statement here tonight.

Raman said UMS would post updates on the matter in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Any enquiries can be directed to Student Affairs Department at 088-320060.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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

Muhyiddin congratulates Malaysian student awarded NASA scholarship

KUALA LUMPUR Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today congratulated Malaysian student Azhar Ali, 20, who has been awarded a scholarship by the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to further his study.

He said the student had done well and he hoped Azhar would continue to be successful.

“Kejayaan yang amat membanggakan. Semoga terus berjaya,”  Muhyiddin tweeted on his Twitter account.

(Indeed, a success to be proud of. May you continue to be successful).

Yesterday, Azhar posted on his Twitter account saying that he was grateful for the scholarship as he did not expect to receive the offer following his participation in the aerospace suit challenge for the Artemis mission to be launched in 2024.

It was reported that his suit design had received among the highest marks at 96.77 per cent. Over three million individuals participated in the challenge.

As at 8 pm tonight, his posting has been retweeted 22,500 times and has over 34,400 Likes as well as a flood of congratulatory messages from Malaysians including Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

IPT students who returned home advised to continue observe MCO regulations

Students of higher learning institutions (IPT)  who are now back home or in their hometown should continue to observe regulations under the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said just as they had complied with the MCO since last March 18 while they were at their respective campuses,  they should continue to do so in their hometown or at home.

“They should wear the face mask, wash their hands often with soap and water and observe social distancing,” he said in a statement here today.

Last Monday, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was reported to have said that 1,128 students of public and private IPTs would begin their journey home in the evening the same day.

Meanwhile, Sulaiman said with the MCO now in its fourth phase, the Melaka  government would comply with any decision made by the federal government,  including to allow operation and gradually ease the business of certain sectors, industries and economic activities in the state.

He said a meeting would be held with the State Health Department and the police to find the best practices to be observed, especially for the manufacturing sector to operate round the clock.

“If these business activities are allowed to resume operation, they have to abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the Ministry of Health, namely the use of face mask, providing hand sanitiser and practice social distancing.

“If this can be done by all quarters, including traders and industry players, the state government is confident the COVID-19 infection can be contained,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Students excited to return home

NILAI  After nearly two months stranded on campus following the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO),  the long-awaited moment finally arrived for a group of 11 medical students from the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) this morning.

The students, who are returning to their hometowns in Kedah and Penang to meet and celebrate Ramadan with their families, arrived at the Kuala Kedah District Police headquarters (IPD) at 5.20 am after travelling for six hours from USIM campus in Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur.

Nurul Ilham Huda Redzuan, 19, said she missed her mother’s cooking very much especially the ‘lemak rebung’ dish (bamboo shoots in spicy coconut gravy) during the breaking of fast.

“I was very happy to see my father waiting for me at the IPD to bring me back home. I am thankful to the government and all parties who worked hard to ensure we reach home safely,” she said in a statement issued by USIM Strategic Communication Centre here today.

Sharing a similar sentiment, Sharifah Nahidhah Syed Ibrahim, 22, who was very excited and happy to arrive at her hometown, said she feels sad that few of her friends are still waiting for their turn to return home.

For Mohamad Akmal Arif Zainol, 22, the experience of returning to his hometown in Kubor Panjang, Pendang, this time was very different, and will be remembered forever.

Meanwhile, USIM Students’ Representative Council (MPP) urged the students to wait patiently for their turn to return to their respective hometowns and be aware of any announcements made by the university and government from time to time.

“This group is expected to return this Thursday to the southern states such as Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, and Johor,” the statement said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency