Most destitute scholars need complete amount, say reps

Monday, 29 August 2016

Universiti Malaya student representative council president Fanitsyara Kam Phon said it was not fair to penalise the new batch of students because of others who had defaulted on payment.

“Even with the full loan, life is tough for students because of the rising cost of living,” she said.

She said this in response to PTPTN chairman Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah’s announcement that they could not provide full loans because of the poor rate of repayment, as only RM8bil was retrieved out of RM56.4bil released since 1997.

Shamsul said they would only give out loans to cover 95% of tuition fees charged by public higher learning institutions and 85% by private institutions.

He said the Government had already subsidised 90% of the tuition fees.

Fanitsyara, a fourth-year biotechnology student, said PTPTN should look into giving full loans on a case-by-case basis because even with both parents working, it did not mean they could afford the additional burden.

Fanitsyara said defaulters should repay their loans to give future students the chance to pursue their studies without worrying about finances.

Universiti Putra Malaysia student representative council president Mohamad Syzrul Yahya hoped the authorities would look into the poor students’ request.

“We understand PTPTN’s predicament because of the many defaulters.

“We don’t encourage students to take a full loan if they can afford it, as it will only add to their burden when they need to repay the loan.

“But the poorest of the poor students are in dire straits.

“As it is, between 30% and 40% of students are working part-time to cover their daily needs because we need at least RM400 a month for food and stationery,” he said.

Shamsul said defaulters would be blacklisted under the Central Credit Reference Information System.

Sumber:  The Star Online  –  http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/08/29/give-poor-students-full-loans-most-destitute-scholars-need-complete-amount-say-reps/

 

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Helpful student falls to his death

By JASTIN AHMAD TARMIZI

PUTRAJAYA: A boy fell to his death from the third floor of his school when he tried to help retrieve a friend’s bag, leaving his family devastated.

Azim Hakimi Abu Shuja (pic), 15, was trying to retrieve the bag that was apparently thrown out onto a ledge yesterday morning.

It is believed that Azim Hakimi lost his balance then.

When met at the Putrajaya Hospital mortuary, Azim Hakimi’s eldest brother, Muhammad Aliff, 28, said the boy was a quiet person who preferred to spend time at home.

“He was a good boy. He never created any problems. He never made any of us upset with him,” he said, adding that Azim Hakimi was also very helpful.

“He never said no to family members or relatives who asked for help,” said Muhammad Aliff.

Azim Hakimi is the youngest of four siblings.

Putrajaya OCPD Asst Comm Rosly Hassan said that police had classified the case as sudden death.

He said that police had also recorded the statements of six other students to assist in investigations.

Azim Hakimi was buried yesterday evening at the Putrajaya Muslim Cemetery at Precinct 20 here after a post-mortem was carried out at Putrajaya Hospital.

More than 100 people including family members, relatives and fellow students paid their last respects.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, who visited the school yesterday, said the ministry would review the designs of school buildings to enhance safety measures.

Tragic end: Emergency personnel at the school in Putrajaya where Azim Hakimi (top) died after falling from the third floor.

Tragic end: Emergency personnel at the school in Putrajaya where Azim Hakimi died after falling from the third floor.