KUALA LUMPUR – The Badan Pemuafakatan Pendidikan Mara Malaysia (MUAFAKAT) urged parents and guardians of of Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) students not to issue inaccurate statements on the COVID-19 situation at the college to avoid causing panic.
In a statement issued today, MUAFAKAT said there is no issue of holding information, as claimed, and that it always communicated with the MRSM management and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) to ensure safety of students is given priority.
It said parents and guardians could use the association, either at the national level or at the college level, to channel information or issues that need to be addressed.
“MUAFAKAT is always open to receive complaints to be presented to the top management of Mara if there are areas that need to be improved for the welfare and well-being of students.
“At the same time, we hope that MARA will also tighten monitoring and enforcement of the standard operating procedures (SOP) at the college,” it said.
MUAFAKAT is the official body that represents parents of students in MARA College (KM), MARA Professional College (KPM) and MRSM.
The statement was issued following several incidents of COVID-19 infection at Kuala Nerang MARA College, MRSM Tun Ghazali Shafie in Kuala Lipis, MRSM Sungai Besar and MRSM Bentong.
“Based on our monitoring, MRSM, with strong support from the District Health Office (PKD) is very focused in ensuring the safety and welfare of students,” it said.
In ensuring parents and guardians of their children’s safety, MUAFAKAT said, it also jointly monitored implementation of the SOP since the Form 5 students were given permission to return to the hostel for the face-to-face learning.
Prior to this, it was viralled on the WhatsApp application about students of MRSM Sungai Besar, Selangor not getting enough food supply, students with symptoms staying in the same dormitory as healthy students as there is no place to isolate them, as well as problems on SOP compliance.
MARA, in a statement on Feb 1, said it had lodged a police report to deny the allegation and that it always ensured MRSM students complied with the SOP set by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Security Council (MKN) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.