KUALA LUMPUR – The employers admitted that they knew nothing about the mandatory scheduled salary deductions announced by the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN).
The Executive Director of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said, the employers do not know how the salary deductions should be done, although they think that it could be implemented like the deductions for the Employees Provident Fund (EPF).
He said, the employers are also facing several challenges in implementing the compulsory salary deductions as they do not know which employee borrowed from PTPTN.
To him, the revelation of the identity of its borrowers based on their Mykad numbers may invite other problems, such as personal data leaks.
“If you want the employers to check each of their employees to identify if they are PTPTN borrowers, it will definitely add on to our burdens,” he told China Press.
He said, the salary deductions could also invite backlash as it is a loan.
“As this is a loan, we cannot implement the salary deductions without the consent of the employees.
“Besides that, the salary deductions with a different ratio in accordance to their income could lead to more confusions,” he said.
The announcement by PTPTN in implementing the compulsory scheduled salary deductions according to the borrower’s income had triggered scorching debates, especially from those who need to pay more than they have agreed when they received the loans.
Following the announcement, borrowers with monthly salary of RM2,000 need to pay RM40 per month while does with monthly salary of RM8,000 need to pay RM1,200 per month.
The new rate is far higher than the RM200 monthly payment stated in their loan agreement.
The borrowers also expressed their dissatisfaction on the new approach at the Facebook account of PTPTN.
Following that, the Chairman of PTPTN, Wan Saiful Wan Jan said on Thursday that the education fund is willing to consider the pleas of its borrowers in relation to the salary deductions scheme. However, he also emphasized that the drastic measure taken by PTPTN which will commence on January 2019 complied to the law.
According to him, when a borrower signed an agreement with PTPTN, they have also agreed to make repayments according to any scheme PTPTN introduces. -MalaysiaGazette