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The Implementation Of New Norms In UKM


Oleh : Sarah Marini

Penyunting : Ain Arifah

Sumber : Facebook KMUKM

The Corona virus or better known as Covid-19 has leave a huge impact to the world. The virus has caused nearly 2 million deaths worldwide while 555 deaths in Malaysia. There is no denying that the virus has affected the agendas that should be carried out in our country. For example, shops, restaurants, schools and universities had to be closed to avoid an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients. According to a circular letter from UKM, all non-critical physical activities should be postponed until the MCO stops. The operation of the service in Tunas Permata, Faculty of Education is closed during the MCO period. Included in the recently announced circular letter, students with disabilities such as clinical training, professional examinations, laboratories, studios, internships or internet access and such are allowed. Letter of permission to leave or enter the campus will be issued by the respective Head of PTJ to enable students who need to apply for permission to cross the state or district for this purpose. The National University of Malaysia (UKM) has undergone various changes due to this pandemic. UKM has stopped the implementation of R & D (teaching and learning) on ​​the first day of Movement Control Order (MCO) which started on March 18th, 2020. Students are encouraged to return to their homes during the MCO. For students who do not have the opportunity to go home, they must stay and be quarantined at the college provided. The daily meals were provided by the university three times a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But still, the students also expressed their dissatisfaction because they have to quarantine themselves and live far away from their families. From a different perspective, there are also those who expressed gratitude for the opportunities and facilities provided by UKM. They argue that it is better to avoid and not to deal with any risk in the event of something unpleasant happening.

Until now, the university has not given a final word to continue the teaching and learning process. UKM has started the process of Open Distance Learning (ODL) from April 27th, 2020 and is still running today. Many students are happy and agree with this decision, however, some have voiced out their opinions on the implementation ODL because many of them have low access of internet at their hometown. Therefore, UKM decided to provide a YES sim card that contains 40GB of internet data to further facilitate any student affairs to conduct online classes. Students who want to claim the sim card need to register themselves and fill in the form provided to get it.


On the off chance that taken from a positive point, UKM understudies and staff can spend more time with their beloved families in their homes. For illustration, understudies can still proceed their ponders without considering approximately the hazard of contracting Covid-19 and don't ought to delay the semester to following year.


This pandemic has also taught UKM students and staffs to be more careful and focus on their own health. The way we communicate and socialise with each other has changed from greeting or shaking hands to just chatting via video calls on the internet. In addition, UKM residents are now concerned about their personal hygiene to increase awareness of the dangers of the virus.


Disciplined attitude can be nurtured within oneself during the MCO process. Management and safety care of students staying at UKM colleges has been carried out in an orderly and systematic manner by the authorities. Any outsider who has any business within the UKM campus area should be checked for temperature and their respective information recorded correctly to prevent unwanted things from happening. If it happens, UKM needs to take full responsibility for it.


It should not be forgotten that UKM has acted to give face masks to students on campus before the MCO process is carried out again. It shows the nature of concern among UKM citizens. Therefore, the matter is a matter that should be emulated to Malaysians to weather the Covid-19 epidemic. As a result, the Covid-19 epidemic has opened the eyes of UKM students and staff from various aspects. It has taught UKM citizens not to take lightly the things that this society does not like. As the saying goes, it is better to prevent than to cure.

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