Students celebrating Eid on campus

Dr Ernisa

KUCHING: There will be more than 1,000 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) students who will be staying put on campus during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.

Unimas Global Strategic Communication and Branding’s deputy director Dr Ernisa Marzuki said out of the 1,662 students, 848 are Sarawakians, 504 from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah (174), international students (130) and Labuan (six).

“The students are sad that they could not go back to their respective hometowns, but they understand that it is for the safety of everyone in view of the Covid-19 situation,” she told New Sarawak Tribune.

She said to continue the spirit of celebrating Hari Raya, Unimas has arranged several initiatives or programmes for the students and it is to be held under strict compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“To create the Hari Raya vibe, Unimas will be carrying out the bertuntong tradition where we decorate the campus and put up lights as well as attend the last breaking-of-fast before Hari Raya,” she said.

She said on the first day of Hari Raya, there will also be a live-stream of the Takbir Raya and Solat Aidilfitri from the campus.

“There are also activities such as cooking, but it will be held in small groups and to be monitored by the Unimas Security Unit to ensure all SOPs are complied with,” she said.

In another note, she wishes all students, families and all Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya, and called upon everyone to always follow the SOPs to curb the spread of Covid-19.