- PM launches new-look Proton Perdana as govt's official car
- 20 years on, no one forgets Highland Towers
- 2013 SEA GAMES: 8th day results involving Malaysia
- Najib leaves for Tokyo
- Mandela family 'humbled' by thousands turning out in cold, rain
- 11 commando trainees, 2 instructors to get Pingat Gagah Berani
- Saudi beheads man for incest
- MCA's '3 kingdom' battle
- Tears as Mandela lies in state
- 'Anwar unfit to be leader'
- Why judge those who help sincerely?
- Haniff Omar's son dies after falling into drain
- IKEA recalls lamp following death of child
- Demolished without any warning
- Mukhriz launches Ansara Club More
NO POLITICKING: Government to keep it as long as necessary because it benefits students
GEORGETOWN: THE National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan scheme will not be abolished, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.
He said the scheme would be maintained for as long as it was necessary, adding that it had benefited those who needed funds to study in universities.
“The loan facility is to help needy students further their studies. It also helps those who fail to secure scholarships.
“Abolishing it is tantamount to denying people the right to pursue higher education,” he said at a gathering of some 6,000 civil servants and youth at Universiti Sains Malaysia here.
The fund has disbursed RM43 billion.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said the government would not give in to pressure from certain groups to abolish the scheme just to get electoral support.
He said opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s call to use Petronas’ oil revenue to pay for the loans was not feasible.
“As a political gimmick, his plan is attractive, but definitely not rational.”
He said most students understood this, and those who wanted it abolished were only a handful.
Muhyiddin said PTPTN had been politicised by the opposition to gain electoral support, but a responsible government like Barisan Nasional would not do such a thing.
At a separate session with USM students later, he reminded them against abusing the political freedom they now had following amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act.
He said the government was aware that undergraduates today were more mature in making decisions and they were rational in their thinking.
“But this is a question of our young people’s responsibility to the nation. The government does not restrict their rights. The bill provides for democracy and freedom. It is hoped undergraduates will use this freedom for national development, and not politicking.”
Earlier in his speech, Muhyiddin thanked civil servants for their service and contributions in make Malaysia a successful nation, which was acknowledged abroad.
He outlined the country’s achievements over the years, including being declared the safest country in Southeast Asia and 19th safest in the world, according to the Global Peace Index, increase in foreign direct investments and increased efficiency of government departments.
“We should all be proud of Malaysia’s successes.
This was not achieved overnight, but it was something that was planned and carried out through pragmatic and pro-people initiatives.”