JOHOR BARU: The ‘Because We Care Chancellor’s Fund’ mooted by Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah has collected close to RM1.8 million in just four days. The fund was set up after Raja Zarith learnt that some undergraduates of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), where she is the Chancellor were spending only RM10 per day on three meals due to the rising cost of living in Johor. The plight of the students had been revealed to Raja Zarith during a conversation she had with UTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar recently. “I learnt that some were eating instant noodles, and this is not right. “Students should be eating nourishing meals, and concentrating on their studies instead of getting distracted by other issues like food and money,” Raja Zarith told a press conference here today. Some 5,000 students from poor families are expected to benefit from the fund. Raja Zarith also presented a mock cheque of RM500,000 on behalf of the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar for the fund to Wahid. Other contributors to the fund include Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin. State executive councillors and property developer, Country Garden Pacific View have also chipped in for the worthy cause.
Source: New Straits Times