Students have mixed feelings about leaving Egypt

Students have mixed feelings about leaving Egypt

PETALING JAYA - Malaysian students are having mixed feelings about leaving Egypt after the Prime Minister announced an evacuation from the country which was in turmoil since last Wednesday.

The first batch of evacuees would be arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport today.

Muhamad Faris Muhamad Asri (pic), 22, who studies at the Cairo University, said that he had been waiting at Dewan Malaysia Abbasiah Kaherah in Cairo, a hall where students are gathered before leaving for Cairo Airport to catch their plane out to Malaysia, since Tuesday night.

The fourth-year student said that he was still in shock as "everything happened so fast" since reading the news on the evacuation on Facebook.

He said that he initially did not plan on returning home, but now his family would be happy as they had been urging him to return to Kedah.

He said that there were no clashes or demonstrations at Sayeda Zainab, where he was staying, although it was about 2km from Tahrir Square.

"However, for the past four days I have seen hundreds of corpses at the Zeinhoum morgue which is in front my house.

The scene shook me a little into leaving," said Muhammad Faris who was still waiting for details of the flight out of Egypt yesterday.

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