Tertiary education students from both private and public institutions begin their journey back to their hometowns today. Of course, this comes at a welcome time for many Muslim students who’ll be able to eat properly and savour their buka puasa meals with family as they fast for Ramadan.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Thursday, the decision to allow students stranded on campus following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to travel home.
However, according to a new statement issued yesterday, Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahman said only students in the green zones are allowed to return home, if their home was also in a green zone.
“If their homes are in Covid-19 red zones or under the enhanced MCO, they will not be allowed to return home.”
“If they have relatives who live in Covid-19 green areas, they will be allowed to go and stay with their relatives until their hometowns are declared disease-free.” said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
According to Ismail Sabri, there are an estimated total of 100,000 students involved with the move.
Collaboration with various agencies and the Ministry have provided transport services, which will fetch students from the assigned departure centres in their institutions according to a report from Bernama.