The first group of university students across the country to leave campus for Hari Raya will do so today. In total, over 130,000 students are expected to return to their respective hometowns for Hari Raya. Students have a window lasting until May 12 to leave their respective campuses.
To facilitate order at the university campuses, all departures will be staggered over this six-day period. Students from Sarawak, however, are excluded from this series of departures.
The students who will be crossing state borders to go to their hometowns are among a rare few. For most in the country, interstate travel and inter-district travel are not permitted. This is because of the effects of the ongoing Movement Control Order (MCO) in force.
All students who are heading back are barred from using public transport other than airplanes to do so. They may only make the trip by use of their own vehicles, by being picked up by others, or by boarding designated buses which either go to airports or specific cities and towns.
Any student who is to board a chartered bus must first sign a health declaration form. These students must also have undergone health screenings to ensure that they have not been infected by Covid-19. Similarly, all students who are using their own vehicles or are to be picked up will bear inter-district and interstate travel permission letters. Authorities of each university will provide these letters.
Students are to return to campus at any point between May 15 and May 20. It is likely that these returns to campus will be staggered in a similar way to the departures.
Every student who is to travel to Sabah must undergo a swab test three days before the date of travel. This test will either be an RT-PCR or an RTK-Ag test. The student is to pay the cost of this test.
According to Universiti Malaya (UM), around 2,300 students will leave campus between today and May 12. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), meanwhile, will see around 6,000 students depart campus over the same period. Statistics showed that 38% of the students leaving UPM will be picked up, 27% will use their own transport, and 11% will fly. The remaining 24% did not disclose their chosen modes of transport.
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)’s Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs) said that the university will be using more than 200 vehicles to take students home. These vehicles include cars, buses, and multipurpose vehicles. The vehicles will send more than 16,000 students from 30 UiTM campuses back to their respective hometowns located all over Malaysia.
7th May 2021 16:25
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