KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysian students in Egypt who have completed their examinations and are not taking part in academic programmes such as pratical training or summer course, have been advised to return home for the holidays due to that country's unstable political situation.
Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said students were also not encouraged to holiday in that region but to remain indoors.
"We advise our students to update themselves on the latest news from the mass media, Education Malaysia Egypt (EME) and the Malaysian Embassy in Cairo.
"As a majority of the students are on a two-month holiday until September, they should return and celebrate Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri with their families and loved ones," he said in a statement here today.
Idris said the government had taken safety measures by setting up embassy operations rooms at the Malaysia Hall Abbasiah, Rumah Mara Iskandariah and state houses, which operate round-the-clock to monitor students, besides an operations room at Cairo Airport's Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
Parents and students can reach the embassy operations room at +202-37610270/ +202-37610013/ +202-37610068 (ext: 141 after office hours, ext: 101 during office hours) besides educationmalaysiaegypt on Facebook for updates.
The political situation in Egypt became tense after President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were ousted by the military on Tuesday, resulting in clashes between the military and supporters of the president in various parts of the city.
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