PETALING JAYA: About 5,500 varsity students from five universities in the Klang Valley, who have remained in their student accommodations during the movement control order (MCO) received a variety of essential items delivered by MCA Youth.
According to MCA Youth chairman Nicole Wong Siaw Ting, 1,221 boxes of dried food, 780 packs of 3-in-1 instant beverages, 545 boxes of cup noodles and 1,008 small bottles of hand sanitiser were distributed.
All of the essential items were funded by retired national shuttler Datuk Seri Lee Chong Wei.
The five universities which received the aid were Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s main and KL campus, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC), Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) Sg Long.
Wong said many students chose to stay on campus when the management of their respective varsities announced that classes would be suspended immediately before the enforcement of the MCO.
“A few days ago, MCA Youth Varsity Affairs Consultative Committee chief Lim Soon Pin and I contacted the student representatives from five universities and discovered that hostel students were also in need of financial aid, ” Wong added.
Based on the information provided by the university student representatives, Wong said they found out that about 5,500 university students from the five universities were still living at their hostel on campus or other off-campus accommodation.
“At no time MCA has relaxed our vigilance during these critical moments. We are in consistent contact with all walks of life rendering assistance and support to the best of our abilities.
“MCA Youth stands with you in battling this contagion together. We hope the pandemic will be defeated soonest possible, ” she said.
At the same time, Wong and Lim also extended their gratitude to the Higher Education Ministry for ensuring the welfare of these students.
“The ministry took great care of the varsity students who were unable to return to their home towns during the MCO and provides them with three meals a day so that they need not worry over food supply issues, ” she added.
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