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Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Govt to help affected students
KUALA LUMPUR: The government will extend its assistance to Malaysian students affected by the fire that razed the 56-unit South Meadow Apartments in Ames City, Iowa, the United States.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he was thankful that all the students were safe.
"In view of the coming Ramadan, the government will extend its assistance to the affected students to ensure they can continue with their studies," he said yesterday.
As a majority of the students are Public Service Department and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) scholars, Najib said these agencies would be directly responsible for their welfare, including sorting out new accommodations.
He said the government would ask the Malaysian Special Envoy to the United States, Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, to coordinate the necessary assistance for the students.
"Jamaluddin will also look into coordinating assistance to the sole private student."
Mara director-general Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad said all five MARA-sponsored students were safe.
The five were among 17 Malaysian students occupying five apartment units there.
Parents of the affected students were told not to worry about their children's safety as the MARA Director in the US and government representatives were monitoring the students' welfare and safety.
Parents can contact the MARA Director in Washington at +12022886130 or MARA's education sponsorship division director at 03-0193565948.