KUALA LUMPUR: The eviction of a Malaysian student from her rented home in Perth over Covid-19 fears is “unprecedented and unfortunate”, said the Consulate-General of Malaysia in Perth, Australia.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Consulate-General had urged other Malaysians, especially students, who faced a similar situation to contact their office.
“While the incident on the Malaysian student in Western Australia was unprecedented and unfortunate to have occurred in this city, the Consulate-General of Malaysia would like to request Malaysians especially students who are facing similar situations to immediately lodge their complaint or report to the consulate-general office and the Malaysian Student Council of Australia (MASCA) for necessary attention and assistance.
“Please do not hesitate to come forward and get in touch with the duty officer at +61452147055 or [email protected].”
It was reported that Helen, whose real name was not disclosed, had been home in Malaysia for holidays on Jan 24.
When she returned to her Perth accommodation on Feb 4, she discovered that the locks had been changed.
Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Helen said her former landlord had left a note on the front door, to inform her of her eviction due to fears that she might have contracted the virus.
Helen had said she went to the police. However, the police were unable to take action because she did not have a formal rental agreement with the landlord.
She told the ABC that she was now staying with a friend.
Meanwhile, Australian politician Mark McGowan said using the Covid-19 outbreak as an excuse for “racist behaviour” was “disgraceful and un-Australian”.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the Western Australian Premier stressed that the authorities were handling the outbreak seriously, with a range of strict measures already in place to prevent infection.
“There are still no confirmed cases in Western Australia, but we are hearing far too many stories about people facing hate and discrimination just for their heritage. This is not the Western Australian way.
“We have welcomed students from all backgrounds and countries from around the world for more than 60 years.
“Now is the time for us to rally behind the communities that are feeling the effects of this outbreak and extend a helping hand,” he added.