THE approximately 4,300 students at Universiti Utara Malaysia’s (UUM) campus in Sintok, Kedah, are safe and the situation is under control, said Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
He said the students who are staying in the university’s 15 colleges were not allowed to return home during the movement control order (MCO).
He added that there was sufficient supply of food and ready medical treatment in the campus, and urged families of the students not to worry about them.
“Being in campus is the best thing for the students... for as long as they are here, I feel (their safety) is more assured, ” he told Bernama and RTM after presenting food supplies from his office at the UUM campus on Tuesday.
The contribution of dried foods and daily essential items worth RM20,000 was handed over to UUM’s deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) associate professor Dr Hendrik Lamsali.
Hendrik said 90% of the students at the UUM campus were locals, while the rest were international students.
“We are following the guidelines drawn up by the National Security Council, Ministry of Higher Education, and the Health Ministry by ensuring that critical departments like the UUM Health Centre and our maintenance unit are operating as usual.
“We also ensure that the students are getting free meals thrice a day and are working to meeting their basic needs. So we do not see why they have to go out of the campus, ” he said.
Hendrik added that UUM also provided the students with hand sanitisers while there were scheduled patrols to keep them aware of the current situation and to ensure their safety. — Bernama
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