KUALA LUMPUR – June 26, 2020: Students and teachers of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Danau Kota today played host to very special guests – the Malaysian king and his prince.
The visit, according to Istana Negara’s post on Instagram was because the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was concerned over the safety of the students and teachers since the reopening of schools two days ago.
The King had wanted to personally observe the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the authorities at the schools.
Like everyone else, when he and his son, Tengku Muhammad Iskandar, arrived at the school at 10am,, they had their temperature checked and hands sanitised via a step-on sanitiser dispenser that was invented by one of the students at the school.
Sultan Abdullah and Tengku Muhammad were then briefed on the Education Ministry’s schools reopening management guidelines along the new norms that teachers, students, and parents need to adhere.
Apart from visiting the school canteen, science lab and sewing workshop, Sultan Abdullah had also joined several students to eat in the classroom during recess time.
“His Majesty also advised teachers and students alike to continue adapting to the new normal, observing social distancing, maintaining discipline and personal hygiene, and being compliant with the SOPs during or outside the school hours,” said Istana Negara Comptroller of Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin in the Instagram post.
“For other students who also miss seeing their teachers and friends but yet to be allowed to return to school, the King hopes that they will be patient for the time being,” he said.
The gradual reopening of Malaysian school started on Wednesday with 500,444 fifth and sixth formers from 2,440 schools nationwide being allowed to start classes for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown on March 18.
The students are candidates for this year’s major annual examinations such as the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, Sijil Vokasional Malaysia and Sijil Tingga Agama Malaysia.
Also present during the visit was Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.