full image UUM CaresUUM ONLINE: Various groups are now coming forward and are offering to help ease the burden of students who have not returned to their respective hometowns following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) that has been extended until 14 April.

Director of the Student Support and Services Division (SSSD), Student Affairs Department, Dr. Rajwani Md Zain said that since the first day of the MCO on 18 March, UUM has started receiving various donations and assistance in the form of food and essential items.

According to her, the assistance will be channelled into the UUM Food Bank programme and UUM Love Pantry as well as ongoing welfare assistance to students.

"Previously, we received donations from the UEM Foundation (United Engineer Malaysia) in the form of food items such as rice, eggs, sardines, cooking oil, essential and personal hygiene items including hand sanitizers.

"We have also received assistance from the Office of the Menteri Besar of Kedah, the Food Bank Malaysia Foundation, the UUM Alumni Association and the Penang State Government Exco," she said.

She said that she also received calls from various parties, be it from private sector or individuals who expressed interest in helping to ease the burden of UUM and students in facing the MCO as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

She also said that among the other contributors were Bank Rakyat through the zakat aid, UMHSB and the UUM Alumni Foundation which contributed in the form of food items.

In addition, she said PERSATU also expressed its concern including generous individuals who provided financial donations as well as hand sanitizers.

"The university and I would like to thank everyone, whether the state government, private companies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and generous individuals for providing assistance in the form of money, necessities and food," she said.