KUALA LUMPUR – A father made a plea to the government of Malaysia to help bring his daughter, Nurul Atikah Adanan, who is studying at the Shandong University in China, home.
According to Adanan Long, his daughter is currently stranded in Jinan, Shandong after his efforts in seeking for a way to fly her out of the province met a dead end.
Several airline operators have banned tourists from China following the coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking to MalaysiaGazette, Adanan, 53, said that his eldest daughter told him that her travel and movement have been limited by the travel ban imposed by the government of China.
“I am at wits end to seek for ways to bring Atikah home. I could only pray for Allah to continue to protect my daughter there.
“I am worried and sad thinking of her fate there. I am dejected for not being able to help or do anything to bring her back to Malaysia,” Adanan said in tears.
According to him, Atikah, 26, is the second year Master degree student in that university. She bought her flight ticket for a transit in Bangkok earlier. However, Thailand refused to receive passengers from China.
He said, Atikah informed him that travelling to Beijing at this time is risky. However, staying in Jinan also made her felt threatened by the coronavirus as its death toll has increased to 12 cases recently.
Atiqah, a former graduate from the University Sains Malaysia is a scholarship recipient from the Chinese government. She is still searching for a flight which is willing to take passengers from China at this difficult time.
Following the rising cases of coronavirus in Shandong, it has become a ‘Zombie town’,
“This worries me,” Adanan said he never stopped seeking ways to get her daughter out of China.
He also said that Atikah was planning to return to Malaysia but she needed to complete her presentation papers in Bangkok this February representing the country and she did not expect the coronavirus to spread that fast.
The deadly virus has taken 82 lives in China.
It was understood that there are two Malaysian students at the university and one of them have been sent home.
Although the Malaysian Embassy in China is always keeping in touch with the students there, he requested the government to provide necessary aid to bring the students home.
Besides that, most of the universities in China had extended holidays for their students until further notice.
“I am not asking for anything from the government but to bring my daughter home.
“All the families who have children there felt the same way as me,” he repeated requested MalaysiaGazette to extend his wish to the government of Malaysia. -MalaysiaGazette