2nd batch of students deported from Egypt arrive home, hope to resume studies

AZURA ABAS


SEPANG: Malaysian students arriving in Malaysia after being deported from Egypt for purported “student visa offenses” have expressed their hopes of resuming their studies in the Middle Eastern nation.

Faris Isma Mohd Yusuf, 21, said studying in Egypt was a different experience, as it was easier for him to master the Quran and the Arabic language there.

"I have two more chapters of the Quran to master, and it will be good to study them back in Egypt.

"Once I complete my studies, I would be interested in doing missionary work," he told reporters when met not long after his arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

His father, Mohd Yusuf Abdullah, said Egyptian authorities had treated his son and the rest of the students well, in spite of the distressing situation.

Hafis Syakirin Mohd Afizaini, 12, echoed Faris’ view, as he, too, wants to continue his studies in Egypt.

The young boy said he had fun studying there and will miss his 15-year-old brother, who is among 21 Malaysian students who escaped deportation, as they had received their student visas in time.

Muhammad Kamil Hakim, however, said he wishes to continue his studies in Malaysia.

He will apply to local universities to pursue Usuluddin (Islamic studies).

The three students are part of the second batch of 104 Markaz Tahfiz Makkah Al-Mukarrama students who were forced to return to Malaysia for not having student visas.

The first batch of 19 students arrived home yesterday, while the remainder are scheduled to arrive today.