Timely aid to cover meals for polytech students

Aminuddin (left) presenting a cheque to cooperative chairman Mohd Asmedi Yaacob. Looking on is the polytechnic’s deputy director (academic support) Arman Ahmad Sapawi.

A SPECIAL allocation of RM10,000 has been given to Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah in Behrang to help students affected by the enhanced movement control order.

The amount allocated by the state government was channelled to the polytechnic through the service centre of Behrang assemblyman Aminuddin Zulkifli.

Aminuddin made the request for the allocation from the state government upon discovering that about 760 students were still staying on campus.

“The students are housed at five hostel blocks on campus and are still undergoing their practical education and courses,” he elaborated, saying that 188 students were sent to the quarantine centre at the Ulu Kinta Federal Health college for observation.

“The allocation is to procure food for the students,” he added.

On June 7, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the polytechnic would be placed under enhanced MCO from June 9 to 22 after a spike in Covid-19 cases was recorded there.

It was also reported that the increase in cases was believed to be because of students returning after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations in their respective hometowns.

Aminuddin said the amount was presented to the polytechnic’s cooperative recently.

“I think this is the best way to use the funds, by providing food to the students,” he said, assuring parents that their children were being well taken care of.

“With the enhanced MCO in place, standard operating procedures need to be adhered to.

“The public including parents, must refrain from visiting the students, while meals will be served daily and handled by the polytechnic until the movement restriction ends,” he added.

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