Students can go back to their home towns starting April 27 -Minister

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob

PUTRAJAYA APRIL 24: 53,000 students from the Institute of Higher Education are allowed to go back to their families by special buses starting April 27 from 9pm until 9am to their destinations in the green zones.

Security Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, about 85% of the students who have stayed in the university campuses during the Movement Control Order (MCO) have chosen to go back but 15% preferred to stay back.

This arrangement includes students from polytechnics and community colleges under the Ministry of Higher Education and also from the private universities. They will go back in stages by adhering to the social distancing on the buses and also to avoid congestion

Ismail said, the students will be screened to detect symptoms of COVID-19 and will be given food and face masks before going up the buses. The buses will then take them to the District Police Headquarters or District Office nearest their houses before they are taken back by the authorised personal.

“For those who have their own transport, they are allowed to drive back alone provided it does not involve interstate travel. Before they start to travel they have to get a permission letter from the police station nearby,” said Ismail in a press conference here today.

The minister added, the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has made such decision in the meeting today after the Minister of Higher Education , Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad presented the standing operating procedure (SOP) for sending off students back to their families.

Ismail added, for students going back to the green zones in Sabah and Sarawak, they will be flown to the nearest airport to their home towns and they have to be quarantined for 14 days.

Meanwhile, for students under the management of other ministries like the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Rural Development, the process of travel will follow the same SOP. –Malaysia World News

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