Mas­zlee all for stu­dent book vouch­ers

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PETALING JAYA: The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry will push for the book vouch­ers aid scheme for ter­tiary stu­dents to con­tinue.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Mas­zlee Ma­lik said the Fi­nance Min­istry has agreed to look into the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s rec­om­men­da­tion to con­tinue the book voucher aid scheme.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, he said he brought up the mat­ter at Fri­day’s Cabi­net meet­ing, the first since Bud­get 2019 was tabled.

The lat­est Bud­get did not men­tion any al­lo­ca­tion for the book voucher aid scheme.

“The Fi­nance Min­istry has agreed to look into this mat­ter as it is meant to help re­duce the fi­nan­cial bur­den of ter­tiary stu­dents,” said Dr Mas­zlee.

He added that Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad also be­lieves that such aid should con­tinue.

“We hope there will be good news in the near fu­ture,” said Dr Mas­zlee.

He also thanked the Fi­nance Min­istry for their con­sid­er­a­tion and the Prime Min­is­ter for his sup­port.

“As promised, I will en­sure that stu­dent wel­fare is main­tained.

“The book voucher scheme is a cause I cham­pion for stu­dents,” he said.

The book voucher scheme was launched in 2012 with the name “1Malaysia Book Voucher” pro­gramme (BB1M) and was worth RM200.

This BB1M pro­gramme was to ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents in Malaysia.

In 2014, the govern­ment in­creased the amount to RM250.

But the vouch­ers were used to buy items other than read­ing ma­te­ri­als and were even be­ing sold.

Thus in 2016, the govern­ment changed the vouch­ers to cash worth RM250 that is pre-loaded onto a stu­dent’s debit card.

Happy re­cip­i­ents: Stu­dents with 1Malaysia Book Vouch­ers in this filepic.

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