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After the Ministry of Higher Education’s (MOHE) last-minute announcement left students across the country stranded and helpless, Malaysians are stepping up to the plate and looking out for one another.
Based on social media posts online, it appears that countless students nationwide arrived on campus just as the announcement was made and are now hoping to make their way back home in order to save on living costs.
Some don’t have enough money for transportation back, some are stranded with nowhere to sleep, there are even those who don’t have enough cash to feed themselves due to the last minute change in policy.
Without missing a beat, members of the public took matters into their own hands and offers to help the students started pouring in online with the hashtag, #RakyatJagaRakyat.
A quick search on the #RakyatJagaRakyat hashtag on Twitter will show thousands of tweets by Malaysians offering to provide students with all kinds of immediate assistance.
Besides private individuals, a few organisations are also providing assistance to students.
University Malaya made the initiative to welcome all students who have already arrived on campus and allowed them to register despite the announcement from MOHE.
Medical Tweet Malaysia announced that they have prepared an allocation of RM10,000 to help students in need.
On top of that, Syed Saddiq’s youth political party, MUDA, have also taken initiative and have reportedly raised more than RM50,000 via crowdfunding to help students.
They reportedly managed to raise the money in just three hours.
Meanwhile, former Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik organised a crowdfunding campaign of his own.
To any students in need of help: if the tweets above could not assist you, here are some more contributors on Twitter who are willing to help you.
Here’s hoping that no student gets left behind. Good job, fellow Malaysians!
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