Evacuation plans for Malaysian students in Egypt, just in case

Malaysian students in Egypt have begun giving their details and profiles to Education Malaysia Egypt (EME) there in the event they need to be evacuated.

The EME was reported by the Star as saying the contact details will be helpful to update the students on current events and if an evacuation was declared.

The e-form filled up by the students includes their age, gender, home states and field of studies.

Charge d'affaires of the Malaysian embassy in Cairo Shaiful Anuar Mohammad said the e-form also helped the EME identify the number of students still in Egypt and whether they wished to return home.

The Star quoted Shaiful as saying some students didn't see the urgency in going home while some were sitting for on-going examinations despite the chaos there.

Meanwhile, Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said the state Islamic Foundation had been instructed to hire security guards to protect Malaysian students living at its hostel in Egypt.

"The foundation is also working hard to ensure that the students have enough food," the Star reported Mukhriz as saying.

The Malaysian government has also been informed by the Egyptian authorities to postpone the sending of new students until further notice. - August 20, 2013