Six matriculation students who were compounded with RM1,500 each last week no longer need to worry about paying for them.
This was confirmed by the Executive Councillor for Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology, Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin.
“The decision was made following appeals by the students involved and discussion with the State Health Department.
“I’ve also liaised with the State Health Director Dato’ Dr Ding Lay Ming regarding this.
“The students will not have to pay for anything and it’s hereby a closed case.”
He said during a media session after a work visit to the Selama Health Clinic earlier today (April 27).
Mohd Akmal added that the decision is beneficial to families of the students as they are of the asnaf (extremely poor) category.
“The decision has received a warm welcome and cooperation from all parties.
“The students are currently sitting for their examinations, so not having to stress over paying the compounds anymore is definitely a relief to them,” he elaborated.
“Hopefully, this matter serves as a reminder to the general public to continue adhering to SOPs in preventing transmission of COVID-19,” Mohd Akmal expressed.
Last Monday (April 19), the students from Perak Matriculation College in Gopeng were given compounds for not wearing masks properly while at the college’s café premises.
The issue went viral on Twitter, with most netizens criticising the unfairness of the compounds.