PUTRAJAYA: The Higher Education Ministry will carry out an investigation following reports of abuse of the 1Malaysia Book Vouchers (BB1M) in the country.
It’s minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said earlier that the ministry will be going down to the ground to identify unscrupulous students and bookstore owners in the coming weeks.
“We have been receiving many reports of students selling their vouchers to agents and books stores in exchange of cash value.
“This way, the bookstores and agents have been extorting money from the government for the books they never sold to students,” he told reporters earlier.
This followed reports yesterday that students had been found selling their vouchers to agents or bookstore owners for cash money between RM190 and RM230.
“The bookshops then makes a claim to the government that they had sold books for RM250 and these books they claim are actually books that could not be sold.
“After claiming the money, the owners sell those unwanted books to second hand bookshops for cheaper prices – between RM60 and RM20,” the report said.
If these claims are true, Idris said, the students who are involved in the scam including those who acts as agents and those who sell their vouchers will be blacklisted from getting the student vouchers.
“Meanwhile, bookstores that are found to have abused the vouchers to gain profit will also be revoked as agents for the 1Malaysia Student Voucher,” he added. There are 1.2 million students who received a total of RM300,000 million worth of vouchers this year.
Source: New Straits Times