UUM to absorb bulk of student’s South Korean hospital bill

Mohd-Arif-GamarKUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) has agreed to bear the bulk of the hospital bill incurred by of one of its students in South Korea.

According to a report in the New Straits Times, student Mohd Arif Gamar, 21, was in South Korea with four others for the International Youth Forum on Historical Reconciliation in Seoul on Aug 8 when he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery due to a ruptured appendix.

His surgery and hospital stay totalled RM35,000 which Mohd Ariff’s family in Lahad Datu could not afford to settle as they were too poor, his cousin Lis Teblani, 31 said.

However UUM Student Representative Council President Muhamad Aiman Mohd Nahzeri said the university would contribute RM25,000 towards the bill.

“I was informed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Malek Abdul Karim that he has agreed to help bear some of Mohd Ariff’s medical bill there (South Korea),” NST reported Muhamad Aiman as saying on his Facebook page yesterday.

Yesterday, Lis told the paper that Mohd Ariff was a second-year accountancy student from UUM, and despite family and friends pooling their money together, it was still insufficient to settle the full hospital bill.

Mohd Ariff meanwhile has been given a clean bill of health.

Those who wish to make contributions can bank in their donations to Maybank account number 164481258847 or contact Lis at 018-9700054 for more information.