Higher education students are among those badly hit by the COVID-19 lockdown measures, which confines them in their campuses and renders them unable to obtain the necessities, including food.

With this in mind, non-governmental organisation (NGO) Pertubuhan Senthamizhar Peravai Malaysia (SEPAM) has offered to help out Indian students in such situation, during the third Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) which begins tomorrow.

Speaking to Astro Ulagam, SEPAM coordinator Theyaagu Loganaden said they supply mainly dried food supplies to the students, as they have a longer shelf life.

"So far we have helped about 50 students 'stuck' in Universiti Malaya.

"This time, we are planning to expand the initiative to other states, including for students in Pahang and Terengganu universities/colleges," he said.

According to Theyaagu, the initiatives are funded by the NGO members, as well as public donation.

SEPAM also liaises with NGOs in other states to deliver food to locations outside the Klang Valley, as time is of essence in assisting needy students.

"During the first lockdown last year, we assisted B40 families with grocery supplies.

"This lockdown, we are focusing on higher education students, who are also equally affected," he said.

Theyaagu said that the social media plays an integral part in disseminating SEPAM's initiative to the public.

Students who are in need of help during this lockdown, or those who know of such students, can contact Theyaagu at 016-6285288. You can do the same if you want to be part of the initiative.

Photos source: Theyaagu Loganaden