The public watches the live telecast of Budget 2020 presentation by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on the television display at an electrical shop in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: IQBAL BASRI, Malaysia Gazette, 11 OCTOBER 2019.
The public watches the live telecast of Budget 2020 presentation by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on the television display at an electrical shop in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: IQBAL BASRI, Malaysia Gazette, 11 OCTOBER 2019.

KUALA LUMPUR – The Budget 2020 presentation by the Minister of Finance did not favour the university students in the country.

The budget which was alleged to ‘make everyone happy’ has no special allocation for the university students, especially the awaited book vouchers promised by Dr Maszlee Malik in a townhall session at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan earlier in March.

The disappointment could also be felt when there is also no new incentive or discount on the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) repayments for the new graduates, said the Member of Youth Parliament, Anwar Ridhwan Muhammad Azhari.

“The Budget 2020 did not touch PTPTN at all.

“This is not in line with the Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto, which promised various incentives for the university students and youths,” he said in a statement.

According to him, the government should look into the matter seriously in making education the main agenda of the government.

“It is with great hope that the government places the youths and university students as their main focus in their future budget,” Anwar added. -MalaysiaGazette

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