Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has given his assurance that he will try bring the concerns of various quarters, especially the students on the new repayment scheme of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan.
National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN). PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / Malaysia Gazette / 5 DECEMBER 2018

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The Member of Parliament of Port Dickson Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has given his assurance that he will try bring the concerns of various quarters, especially the students on the new repayment scheme of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan.

“I will voice the concerns of the borrowers to the minister and the Chairman of PTPTN for them to review,” he told the journalists at the lobby of the Parliament today when asked about the announcement of the new PTPTN repayment mechanism which many said is unfair and opposed to the existing contract.

Yesterday, PTPTN announced new policies of the education funds, which include the mandatory scheduled salary deductions between 2 to 15 percent.

The latest mechanism which will be commenced in January next year applies to those with salaries above RM2,000, where the salary deductions will begin from as low as RM40 to RM1,2000 monthly.

Among those who raised their dissatisfactions over the scheme include, the Executive Director of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, who said that the decision was made without prior consultation with the stakeholders.

He said, the scheduled salary deductions scheme will burden employers.

Meanwhile, when asked about Dr Maszlee Malik’s performance, Anwar said that the Minister of Education who consistently lands in controversies and being widely criticised ought to be given an opportunity as he is still new.

He said, he has confidence with Maszlee’s ability to excel in leading his ministry.

“He is still new… it’s only six months, give him a chance,” he said briefly when asked to comment on Maszlee who has been heavily criticised, even by the Pakatan Harapan leaders. -MalaysiaGazette

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