KUALA LUMPUR – The Pakatan Harapan government is punishing the borrowers of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan who had served their loans diligently by announcing the scheduled salary deductions scheme.
Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said, the new mechanism is forcing the borrowers of PTPTN to pay their loans at a very high rate compared to the previous agreement.
Furthermore, some borrowers need to pay up to RM1,200 per month without taking into account of their commitments and the number of dependencies they have.
He added, during the administration of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, the borrowers could make repayments according to their affordability while defaulters will be blacklisted from travelling abroad.
Nevertheless, the travel ban was strongly opposed by the then oppositions and student activists and it was often turned into the capital for their political campaigns.
“If they can’t fulfil the promises in their manifesto or provide free education, they could at least copy and past what BN has done previously.
“Pay attention, copy the answers and take notes if you don’t understand. Then, we can give a 9.95 score to the ‘Minister who is still learning’,” he said in his Facebook post today.
According to Najib, the BN government encouraged the borrowers to pay back their PTPTN loans. However, BN also took into considerations on the cost of living of the borrowers besides giving a discount of up to 20 percent for borrowers who fully settle their loans or half through salary deductions or automatic monthly payment.
The loans were also converted to scholarships for students who excelled in their studies.
“His name is Wan Saiful. Remember his name and face. Together with Maszlee.
“What was the name of the fighter for university students? Send your regards to him if you see him.
“All of them… since they joined the Ministry of Education, all they did was to trouble people.
“Pay back after you borrow!” he said cynically.
Najib also questioned PTPTN and the Ministry of Education for launching new policies without discussion or consulting the stakeholders involved which caused massive objections from the public. -MalaysiaGazette