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Many Asians are facing discrimination and racism amid the coronavirus outbreak and one Malaysian student was surprised to find herself evicted when she returned to Perth after Chinese New Year.
The Malaysian student of Chinese descent, only known as Helen, had home returned to Malaysia on January 24 to celebrate Chinese New Year with her family and friends.
She then flew back to Perth on February 4 and arrived at her the shared house at around 4:00 am, only to discover that the locks had been changed with a note taped to the front door.
The landlord wrote, "WARNING – NO TRESPASSING. House in lockdown due to coronavirus. Due to your failure to stay in contact with me with World Health Organisation GLOBAL EMERGENCY over coronavirus you are no longer welcome in this house."
Helen said that she had only received the texts from the landlord when she returned to Australia explaining that her “decision to travel back home for the Chinese New year when there was an outbreak of coronavirus” led the decision to evict her.
“I feel so sad and confused because I didn’t do anything, why has this happened to me?” Helen said.
The landlord left her belongings outside the house for her to collect and she was forced to stay with her friend because her efforts to contact her landlord were unsuccessful.
“We called the police and the police told us they couldn’t do anything about it,” Helen explained. The police were unable to take action because she didn’t have a formal rental agreement but a verbal agreement instead.
The origins of Covid-19 in China had led to reports of racist attacks and discrimination against people of Chinese background.
We hope the racist behaviour and misinformation will not continue in any parts of the world!
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