Students in Sarawak begin their journey home


  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 May 2020

Final preparations: Unimas students at the Kota Samarahan campus getting ready to return home.

KUCHING: Students from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) have begun the much-awaited journey home in batches with the first group mostly going to Sibu.

Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said Sarawakian students were sent home first starting yesterday, while those from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah would go back from tomorrow.

Prof Kadim said the process would take several days and involve a “staggered” movement of the students.

“They will not all go back at the same time because we need to comply with the guidelines set by the National Security Council (NSC), ”

he told reporters at the Unimas campus in Kota Samarahan near here.

He said the first group of 127 students departed in eight buses from the campus.

“Each bus will be allowed to carry not more than 20 students in accordance with NSC’s guidelines.

“The buses were sanitised beforehand by Fire and Rescue Department personnel.

“The students also underwent a health screening, ” he added.

Besides its own students, Prof Kadim said Unimas was also tasked with coordinating the return journey of students from other universities in Sarawak.

“From Unimas, we have nearly 4,000 students to be sent home. About 2,900 are from the peninsula and Sabah.

“We are still compiling the figures from the other universities, ” he said.

Final-year student Norlia Anuar said she was excited but would take precautions upon arriving home in Kanowit near Sibu.

“I’m a bit worried because I’m going from Samarahan, which is a red zone, to a green zone, ” she said, adding that she would quarantine herself for 14 days as a safety measure.

Another student, who wished to be known only as Beatrice, said she was looking forward to seeing her family in Sibu, especially her mother, who is a nurse.

“I can’t wait to enjoy my mother’s cooking again, ” she said.

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