Many – some at the eleventh hour – were told to delay their trip to their respective campuses as Malaysia’s Covid-19 cases spiked.
Mona Sri Santhakumar, 19, was among those forced to reschedule her flight, originally slated for next week.
Luckily for her, Malaysia Airlines allowed her to change her flight to Sarawak.
“I felt worried when I found out I could not go to the campus because this is my first semester and I was so excited to start my university life,” she told The Star.
The Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu campus student said that despite her disappointment, she understood why this was happening.
“My family and I are worried about our health seeing the high number of Covid-19 cases. So I really appreciate our government’s move to protect our nation’s safety,” she said.
Yesterday, the Higher Education Ministry urged higher education institutions to move their registration for the new semester online to protect everyone’s health and safety.
Kathiyainie Puspanathan (pic), 19, had already packed her belongings and was about to leave for Penang tomorrow when she received word that students need to register online.
“I’m upset but this is a good move in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to us students,” said the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) student.
She said USM informed new students that the orientation and lessons would be done virtually until further notice.
Another USM student, who wanted to be known as Lee, said there was nothing he could do about it.
“If we are not allowed on campus, then I have no choice but to postpone my trip from Kuala Lumpur,” he said, adding that he was looking forward to beginning campus life.
Avilasha, 19, was supposed to be heading to Universiti Malaya today from Seremban but will now be doing her registration online.
“This was all so last minute and I wish it didn’t happen but this postponement is a good move,” she said.
Meanwhile, students who were upset took to Twitter to voice their dissatisfaction.
As at 6pm yesterday, there were over 32,000 Tweets with the hashtag #MenteriKPTsilaletakjawatan.