Help for student hit by tsunami


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 05 Mar 2005

KOTA KINABALU: All is well for university student Surayah Salin, who will get to complete her studies which were disrupted when the tsunami hit Aceh on Dec 26. 

“I am thankful to the people who have assisted me. I have money now to complete my studies which are most important to me,” said Suraya, 27, who would be doing her final year in Islamic Family Law. 

Surayah, the daughter of farming parents at Kuala Abai in Kota Belud about 60km from here, said she would join the Sultan Thana Saifuddin University in Jambi, Indonesia, on Wednesday. 

Surayah, one of the 20 Malaysians at Banda Aceh’s Universiti Ain-Ar-Raniry who survived the deadly waves, had appealed for public assistance to complete her studies. 

She had lost everything including her personal belongings, books and computer when the tsunami hit the university. 

Many members of the public had come forward to help her, including state Local Government and Housing minister Datuk Hajiji Noor, state Agriculture and Food Industry assistant minister Japlin Akim and the Sabah Bajau Association. 

Surayah said she would be leaving Kota Kinabalu for Kuala Lumpur tomorrow and apply for her student visa at the Indonesian embassy before leaving for Jambi. 

Surayah and the other Malaysian students were airlifted from Banda Aceh on Dec 29 to Penang before being taken to Kuala Lumpur and she was later flown back to Sabah.  

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