UNIMAS Vice-Chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suadi (centre) sees off 127 UNIMAS students returning by eight buses to Sibu, Mukah and Dalat.

KUCHING: Some 4,000 students of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) are starting their journey home after their sojourn at the campus following the movement control order (MCO).

Unimas vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said that yesterday, a total of eight buses carried 127 students from Sibu back home.

“Today, the first batch of students from Unimas will be transported back to their destinations and will be dropped off at police stations at their respective districts.

“We are using the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the National Security Council (NSC) where one bus will carry only 20 students and must be sanitised by the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba).

“The students have also undergone health screening before boarding the bus,” he told reporters when met at the campus yesterday.

Kadim said that the university was also tasked to coordinate the movement of all students at other higher education institutes throughout the state.

“We are still obtaining the number of students residing at other universities. At Unimas’ campus alone, there are 3,100 students and there are some who are staying off campus.

“From the 4,000, a total of 2,900 will be transported back to Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah. To us, that is a huge number,” he said.