When the going gets tough, Malaysians always come together to help each other out.
From overseas Malaysians helping fellow countrymen to get their votes home in time for GE14 to #KitaJagaKita movement during Movement Control Oder (MCO) — which, unfortunately, was hijacked by people who tak jaga kita
— the people have always had each other's backs.
Few days ago, the Higher Education Ministry announced at the last minute that higher education institutions will not be reopening.
This caused many students who traveled from other states, especially from Sabah and Sarawak to Semenanjung and vice versa, to be stuck without a place to stay and limited funds to sustain themselves.
Soon after the news broke and #MenteriKPTletakjawatan hashtag started trending on social media, another hashtag, #RakyatJagaRakyat also started trending.
Replacing the hijacked #KitaJagaKita hastag, kind hearted Malaysians started tweeting asking students if they need a place to stay, money for food and travel, help with transportation and even a place with free WiFi to study from.
Some also added #SiswaJagaSiswa for the same purpose.
That's just some of the people who offered help, of course. We're so proud to call ourselves Malaysians when things like this happen.
But where are the people who were elected and paid to take care of such issues? Do let us know if you know.
Although the Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad released a statement today (3 October 2020), the only somewhat helpful part of it is perhaps asking students who've already in campus to stay there until "arrangements could be made".
Let's see what happens next.