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Repatriation of students to resume  on May 28
Published on: Saturday, May 23, 2020
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PUTRAJAYA: The process of sending home university students to their respective hometowns in East Malaysia will resume on May 28, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri (pic).

The Defence Minister said 1,722 students were scheduled to fly home, involving three return flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

“Since April 27, the Higher Education Ministry has sent home a total of 51,352 university students to their families.

“On May 21, the ministry had sent home 894 students, via two flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, Sarawak, and two flights from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ismail said those visiting relatives on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri are not allowed to stay over.

The Senior Minister said an overnight visit is not part of the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the Hari Raya celebration during the conditional movement control order (MCO).

“The SOP given is very clear. If, say, Hari Raya falls on May 24, then you are only allowed to visit on May 24.

“If you stay overnight, then it would be the next day and that is against the SOP,” he said. 

Ismail said that although the conditions are being relaxed to enable Hari Raya visits, it is still better for people to stay home if possible.

Recently, he had announced that celebrations such as the upcoming Hari Raya, Kaamatan and Gawai would only be allowed to be celebrated on the first day of each festival.


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