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Friday, June 8, 2012

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PTPTN shuts out Unisel
newdesk@thestar.com.my


PETALING JAYA: The National Higher Education Corporation Fund (PTPTN) has frozen its loans to students studying in Selangor-owned Universiti Selangor (Unisel).


The freeze began last month when fresh intakes started.


Stressing that it was a temporary move, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said the decision was made following “political pressure” from the Opposition over free education.


“PTPTN wants to determine how serious the Opposition is in wanting to provide free education. If it is serious, then students in state-owned private institutes of higher learning like Unisel need not apply for study loans from PTPTN because education will be provided free to them.”


However, he said, the freeze would not affect Unisel students who were already receiving the loans.


The freeze was brought to public attention when the Higher Education Ministry, through the e-forum at its website, responded to a query on the matter.


PTPTN in a statement said the decision was also made due to recent call by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for students not to repay their loans.


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Since the first call by the Pakatan to abolish PTPTN, I've been following them with interest, hence I myself is struggling to pay the PTPTN loan, well a loan is a loan, u have to pay it some when some how. I was perplexed by many question surrounding the issue of free education, the first question is, same with other sensible mind,  how do they will fund it? Those insensible are easy taken to the street since they're still being breast fed, they never thought that every outcome have an income, everything doesn't just materialize from thin air.

In other country, Finland for example, where education is free up to 16 years of age come from its tax, reported the fourth highest tax rates in the world. So we can see where is the money coming from and going to. Back in Malaysia, its Education produce more government servant, i mean less entrepreneur thus less tax payer.

In my naive vision, I really can't see tertiary education being free since primary education itself cannot be made free. Secondly, if tertiary education made free surely at the cost of limited fund therefor will become exclusive to selected few,  right now everybody can further their studies funded by PTPTN. Thirdly, i still see the need of PTPTN but with a little bit of improvement, obviously, abolish the monthly RM64 every month service charge, and do not take 'riba', the rest is so far OK, there flexibility in the repayment amount which help a lot.

Anyway back to the main interest, this is an opportunity for Pakatan, and a personal challenge to DSAI, to show that they can provide free education and dismiss any accusation that they only good at making empty promises provoking the Government of the day  to do what virtually impossible to be done aiming to see them fail and have the last laugh but in the long run we all fail if the nation goes bankrupt.

If they can pull this off-MAKE UNISEL FREE-, they'll surely, definitely, certainly get my vote... and a few thousand more.

2 comments:

whitecappuccino said...

Waalaikumsalam...
betul..hutang wajib dibayar..kita tunggu dan lihat macamana..

Asrul "iLham" Sany said...

when money talks...

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