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Stop subsidize foreign students in our public universities

Billions saved from subsidies in tuition fees given to foreign students will be able to pay for a big chuck of PTPTN.

All foreign students have to pay 100% costs compared to current 5-10%. Foreign students including Malaysians have to pay hefty tuition fees in China, UK, Australia, etc.

Abolishment of PTPTN may impact on education cost – Mahathir

News 2012-04-16 16:11

KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 (Bernama) — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said students who wanted the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) to be abolished should return their loans or refrain from taking it, rather than take to the streets to demonstrate.

The former prime minister said, those who suggested that the government do away with the PTPTN, should look into ways of supporting these students financially.

He said, the abolishment of PTPTN would have an impact, not only on the cost of education, but also in distributing the benefits which would also benefit the rich.

“If you abolish it, you have to replace it with something else that could be more costly, for example, giving free education to everyone. In this case, even the rich will enjoy,” he told reporters here today.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir chaired a high level strategy session for the select group titled, ‘Drivers of the New Economic Landscape on the Home and Global Front – A Malaysian Private Sector’s Dilemma’, organised by the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia here today.

Dr Mahathir said the aim of PTPTN was to help the poor get better education at university level, adding that it was the responsibility of the Malaysian Government to help the poor.

“The idea of having PTPTN is to help people who are unable to pay for a good education, but if the fees are free, the rich will also receive the same benefit, and this is not fair to the poor.

“Why should we help the rich? We should help the poor, PTPTN is for the poor,” he stressed.

On the abolishment of the Internal Security Act (ISA) for replacement by the Security Offences Act tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today, Dr Mahathir said he did not want to comment on the new law since he had not studied it.

On the ISA, he said: “It is not the ISA which was the problem. It is the way it was implemented.

“As you know, the Americans have a much tougher ISA than us, they have detained (detainees) without trial. The people in Guantanamo Bay, for the past 10 years, have not faced a trial and nothing…what more, they allowed torture while being detained (under detention).”

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Tredy says:

I think those money did not actually go to the foreign students, it is a bogus account for umnoputera to practise Mayan suap and rasuah!


PTPTN tengok contoh MAS – tak boleh downsize pekerja (retrench) macam MAS itu atm machine jaga dan menyara hidup orang malaysia seumur hidup kerja senang senang tak payah bertanding secara global ?

Proton begitu juga – walaupun sudah diprivatise tapi masih dapat free air (tak payah bayar advertisement) di RTM semasa perlancaran Preve ????

Azmeer says:

Proton is now owned by DRB-Hicom, a private initiative.
So it can no longer be calld a national car. We should question why the Proton Preve launh was accorded live telecast on TV1 for free publicity? I do not see Naza Kia Forte gets the same treatment.

nkkhoo says:

PR is giving promise for free education to all Malaysians should not be seen as a free loan to all.

Lang says:

PTPTN cannot be termed as a loan since most recipients do not repay after graduating with good jobs.
again no enforcement at all.
I do not understand why living expenses is included in PTPTN. it only encourages the habit of taking loan from young age.

Gadoo says:

Very soon Perkasa will say it is the right of bumi to get loan for anything, but no need to return – following the NFC case.