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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Latest News: Crisis In Egypt

Excerpt From NST ONLINE:

500 Students Evacuated.

KUALA LUMPUR: Five hundred Malaysian students will be evacuated in stages from their respective homes to the Abasiah Malay House (ARMA) in Abasiah, Cairo beginning today.

The president of the Malaysian-Egyptian Medical Students Association (PERUBATAN), Muhammad Husaini Saleh, said the evacuation order was issued by the Malaysian Embassy in Egypt to prevent them from becoming victims of the violent demonstrations by Egyptians demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. 
"We still do not know the number of students who could be evacuated to ARMA since Jan 25 because the Egyptian government had imposed a curfew effective that day (Jan 25)," he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Muhammad Husaini, who is also a medical student at the University of Cairo, said the curfew was enforced from 3pm until 8am the following day (9pm until 2pm the next day, Malaysian time).

He said the Malaysian students only knew about the situation outside through the news carried by television and radio because the Egyptian government had disconnected the internet line to prevent the dissemination of seditious news. 
"Only the telephone line can still be used," he said.

Muhammad Husaini also expressed appreciation for the cooperation rendered by the Malaysian Embassy in Egypt which had provided food and clothing to the affected Malaysian students.

Since last Tuesday, several street demonstrations were reported in major Egyptian towns including Cairo, Dumyat, Suez, Tanta, Alexandria and Mansura which resulted in about 100 lives being lost and more than 1,000 others injured. 
In another development, the Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth wing has urged the government to implement a contingency plan to evacuate the Malaysian students in Egypt out of the country within the next 24 hours following the increasing street demonstrations.

The movement's chairman, Khairy Jamaluddin said the plan involved the evacuation of the students to Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Libya to avoid a bigger risk after about 100 people were killed and thousands of others being injured due to the demonstrations.

"We are very concerned about the safety and welfare of the approximately 11,000 Malaysian students in Egypt following the large-scale demonstrations and protests in the country which had been continuing.

"The internal crisis which is not showing any sign of abating has now resulted in chaos and crime, including attacks on police stations. In fact, thousands of prisoners were reported to have escaped from prisons," he said in his latest blog entry at today.

Khairy, who is also the Umno Youth head, said the need for immediate action was most important as a result of the advancing troops at several strategic locations.

In fact, there were Malaysian students who were reported to be stranded because their flights home had been cancelled, he said.


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