PETALING JAYA: Students commended their varsities for springing into action when it was announced that registration for new students were to move online.
Budriz Esqandar Badrulesham, a first year Biomedical Engineering student, is grateful to Universiti Malaya’s (UM) management for their competence.
“They’re not allowing first year students to leave campus unless we have valid reasons to do so.
“We get food delivered to our rooms for free every day.
“And they have given us first aid kits and free sim cards for online learning.
“It has eased the initial anxiety I felt after making the five-hour journey from my hometown in Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Lumpur, ” said the 19-year-old.
Fellow first-year student Muhamad Danial Nashri Zaidi, 19, said since he arrived on campus on Oct 1, he has been briefed and kept updated “every step of the way” by senior facilitators on what to do.
While commending UM for the effort, the Bachelor of Science in Microbiology student said that he was disappointed as he preferred face-to-face lessons over online learning.
“It’s hard to keep up with the lectures and difficult to make friends online.”
Elisa Shafiqah Shahrilnizam, 19, was three-and-a-half hours into her journey from Johor to UM when the news broke out that registration will be done online.
“It helps that UM staff are cheerful, friendly, and helpful, especially in aiding physical registration and the ongoing online orientation week, ” she said.
Third-year Universiti Putra Malaysia agricultural science student Khairul Amirin Khairudin, 22, is on campus to complete his final year project.
The Student Representative Council welfare and infrastructure vice-president said UPM is opening its residences to accommodate stranded students, as well as for students with poor Internet access at home to use its online service for their lessons.
“The registration was supposed to be this Saturday, so we have worked out an agreement with UPM to provide RM500 in monetary assistance to students who are affected by the announcement, ” he said, adding that UPM was doing its best to help students.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia has arranged emergency welfare aid for its students who were left stranded.
Its Student Affairs Department said that there was no fixed amount per student for the aid, which is meant to help students with their meals and transportation home, among others.
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), through their UiTM Prihatin initiative, is giving an RM100 incentive to each student who came to register but had to return to their hometown.
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