MALACCA: Each state should have its own Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) office to facilitate prompt and efficient services, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.
Saying the PTPTN should not be abolished, Ali said the loan scheme should be revamped.
"Abolishing PTPTN will only burden the students and their families. What we should do is to improve the system," he said.
Ali said PTPTN state branch offices should be responsible in handling loan applications, repayment, complaints and enquiries.
"With offices in each state, borrowers would not have to go to the PTPTN headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to solve any loan-related matters.
"For example, the state government here has set up the Malacca state education trust fund to facilitate us in collecting loans from borrowers. We have not have any problems in getting them to pay back," he said.
Ali said he did not agree that PTPTN borrowers be blacklisted.
"Rather than dragging them to court and barring them from travelling overseas, PTPTN should find ways to improve the system," he said after launching a Peace Campus roadshow at Bukit Katil Industrial Training Institute (ILP), near here, yesterday.
Also present were Peace Campus president Mohd Shahar Abdullah, 1Malaysia Indian Students Movement president Mahaganapathy Dass and Bukit Katil ILP director, Abdul Fatah Mohd Ramli.