Welcoming Eid al-Fitr with their families is highly anticipated by all students who are away from their families, especially students from Peninsular Malaysia who are continuing their studies at Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu Campus (UPMKB), Sarawak.
However, in preparation for the final semester exam which will take place in early May, some UPMKB students had to sacrifice not to return home to celebrate.
Ku Nur Liyana Ku Mokhtar, the final year student of Diploma in Business, said this was her first experience not returning to the village because she wanted to concentrate on studying before sitting for the final exams.
"It's also a sad feeling and a longing to celebrate in my hometown but I'm excited to have the experience of celebrating in the roaming as I'm leaving the campus soon to conduct my industrial training," she said.
She, who hails from Kedah, said he would be riding his adoptive family for Eid and attend to Eid invitations from friends in Bintulu, Sarawak.
"At the campus, the management of UPMKB will be organizing a Raya Perantau Program for students who do not return to their hometown so that I can do some time to heal my longing to celebrate in the village," she said./div>
His friend, Muhammad Luqman Hakim Haris, who is from Putrajaya, said he took the opportunity to experience the Eid celebrations in the roaming and would use the internet to connect with his family ahead of Syawal.
"I've talked to my parents and they agreed and it's my plan to take care of my own preparations. My Chinese friend also bought a Malay shirt in conjunction with Eid al-Fitr," he said.
Anis Atirah Ashari, a student of the Diploma in Animal Health and Livestock, UPMKB, said she decided not to return to the village because she felt it was not worth it to pay out the cost of a plane ticket as after a week of Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays there will be final exams.
"I was patient for a while as after the final exams we were going to have a three-month semester break and I had a chance to spend my day in my hometown," she said.
Muhammad Syaheer Mashudi, a Diploma in Food Plantation Management, said he would still celebrate Eid al-Fitr with friends and lecturers at UPMKB.
"I can also experience the atmosphere and uniqueness of the Eid al-Fitr celebration in Bintulu, Sarawak which will be shared with my family and it is a sweet memory for me," he said.
Date of Input: 05/05/2023 |
Updated: 08/05/2023 | lanz