Why did you leave Malaysia

March 20, 2020

Malaysia is also affected by the corona virus. As a result, the government restricted public life a few days ago. What does this mean for me and my semester abroad?

In the first few weeks of my semester abroad, Malaysia wasn't really affected by the coronavirus. The number of sufferers was in the double-digit range and did not increase significantly. Nevertheless, the orientation week was canceled at the beginning of February, and Chinese students were in quarantine for two weeks. There were occasional displays and posters with information about the virus in public. In recent weeks, information monitors have also been introduced on campus and the topic of Corona has been increasingly addressed by lecturers in lectures. These found until March 16 still taking place on campus.

First measures

Occasionally, universities in Malaysia had already introduced measures to contain the virus. In some public places there were also temperature measurements. A few days ago at my university it was said that every lecture should take place online three times during the semester - presumably as preparation and acclimatization in case the situation worsens. And it happened faster than expected.From February 27th to March 1st A large Muslim mass event took place in Sri Petaling near Kuala Lumpur with a total of 16,000 pilgrims from all over Southeast Asia. At that time there were no restrictions as the Malay government is currently in a state of upheaval. After increasingly positive test results in March Eventually, all participants were asked to sign up for tests - and positive cases rose rapidly.

Is that now a lockdown or not?

When the positive cases rose to around 500, the government responded. With the announcement of a televised address by the Prime Minister on Monday (March 16) The Malays already expected the #MalaysiaLockdown and began panic buying and hoarding in the supermarkets. At 10 p.m. the premier then announced a measure that dealt withMotion control command translates.

From March 18th to March 31st The following regulations apply in public life, among others:

  • Kindergartens, schools and universities remain closed.
  • Only supermarkets and other “necessary services” remain open.
  • Leaving the state is only permitted with the permission of the police.
  • Foreigners are no longer allowed to enter.
  • Malays are no longer allowed to leave the country.

Social distancing instead of spring break in Bali

My roommate and I take government regulations very seriously. We will only leave the apartment for necessities and will spend most of the next two weeks indoors Social distancing pull through. Our lectures are completely canceled until March 31st, from April 1st to April 18th there will be online lectures (based on the current status). In the normal semester schedule of my university, the mid-semester exams (exams in the middle of the semester) would take place first. Afterwards we planned a trip to Bali with other exchange students, which of course is canceled. I myself now try as best I can to maintain a regular daily routine. My mission at the moment: Do something productive every day, be it writing a blog post, learning something from different e-learning offers or looking at a documentary on an exciting topic. Of course, I also have a look at the news to stay up to date and to be informed.

  • I got into that Crisis preparedness list of the Federal Foreign Office (ELEFAND) registered and receive daily newsletters from the German embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Here I am informed about the state of affairs and have the assurance that the embassy knows that I am in Malaysia.
  • The Malay Ministry of Health is very active in social media and reports several times a day on the corona cases in Malaysia and worldwide. For example, I follow the Twitter account and am regularly informed.
  • Another initiative from the Ministry of Health is this tracker, which provides information on the cases in the country.
  • Mine as well Host and my home university have a look at us international students. My lecturers and the International Office ask about our well-being, our current whereabouts and take care of us.

Today's news: From March 22 the military is used to help the police enforce the rules. If there are any more drastic changes in the situation in Malaysia in the near future, you will find out about them on my blog, on Twitter or on Instagram. With this in mind: Greetings from my apartment and take care!