Ak­mal to help sort out PTPTN is­sue with Wan Sai­ful

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JO­HOR BARU: PKR Youth chief Ak­mal Nasir will be meet­ing Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Fund Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Wan Sai­ful Wan Jan to dis­cuss the best way to col­lect loan in­stal­ments from bor­row­ers.

The Jo­hor Baru MP said he re­ceived nu­mer­ous feed­back from bor­row­ers.

Among oth­ers, they wished to be first con­sulted on any new ap­proach to be taken, he added.

“They also wanted to be given enough time to make ad­just­ments be­fore any im­ple­men­ta­tion (of a new re­pay­ment method) is to be en­forced,” Ak­mal said af­ter launch­ing Kar­ni­val Rakyat here yes­ter­day.

Ak­mal said any new PTPTN re­pay­ment scheme had to be sus­tain­able in that it should ben­e­fit both cur­rent bor­row­ers and fu­ture stu­dents tak­ing up the loans.

“We still have to find ways to ad­dress the alarm­ing amount of stu­dent loans owed to PTPTN that is close to RM40­bil to en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of the fund for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” Ak­mal added.

Asked about the in­volve­ment of univer­sity stu­dents in the rally against the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion on the Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion (Icerd), Ak­mal said it was their right to ex­press what­ever dis­sat­is­fac­tion they had with it.

“We ad­vo­cate free­dom of speech and assem­bly but that be­ing said, it should also be done in a peace­ful man­ner and not risk the safety of oth­ers,” he said.

Ak­mal said although the gov­ern­ment had de­cided not to rat­ify the UN con­ven­tion, Malaysia, as a na­tion, should re­ject any form of dis­crim­i­na­tion at all lev­els.

It was ear­lier re­ported that a num­ber of univer­sity stu­dents would be join­ing the rally to show their dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the PTPTN con­tro­ver­sial re­pay­ment scheme, which had been put on hold.

Un­der the scheme, bor­row­ers earn­ing above RM2,000 would have their monthly loan in­stal­ments de­ducted from their salaries by be­tween 2% and 15%, de­pend­ing on the bracket they are in.

One for the young: Ak­mal (right) launch­ing the Kar­ni­val Rakyat event at the Youth and Sports Com­plex in Jo­hor Baru.

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