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Anwar, Kit Siang and Guan Eng's true color in PTPTN abolishment issue

They all supported PTPTN when Anwar tabled the bill in the parliament, but they are the same ones who wanted to write off PTPTN loan indiscriminately.

This is why I always say I trust prostitutes who deliver service after being paid more than politicians.

I do not support to cancel repayment for PTPTN loan because the money is from our pocket and unfair to those already repaid PTPTN loan. Every single cent loaned out has to be returned to rakyat under the full accountability principle.

I propose below formula for new government for future education policy,

– 100% free education including tuition fee and living expenses should be limited to families with less than RM3000 monthly household income.

– For families with income in the bracket RM3001 to RM4000 are entitled to 70% subsidy, 60% for RM4001-5000 and 50% for RM5001-RM10000.

– Zero subsidy for families with more than RM10,001 household monthly income and all foreign students.

The Parliament’s hansard showed DAP Adviser Lim Kit Siang and his son Guan Eng had supported the bill of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), when it was tabled in the parliament in 1997.

The hansard, dated 14 May, 1997 stated that, Kit Siang and Guan Eng had both proposed that a higher allocation be provided for the PTPTN instead of RM100 million startup as proposed in the bill.

The hansard reads: “(Tuan Lim Kit Siang [Tanjong]: Tuan Yang di-Pertua, saya mengalu-alukan Rang Undang Undang Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional untuk memperuntukkan satu tabung bagi membenarkan anak-anak kita berpeluang melanjutkan pendidikan tinggi dan menyediakan bantuan kewangan melalui pinjaman pendidikan atau selainnya kepada pelajar yang menuntut di institusi-institusi pengajian tinggi.(Tuan Lim Kit Siang [Tanjong]: Tuan Yang di-Pertua, I welcome the Bill of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) to provide the opportunity for our children to pursue higher education and provide financial assistance through loans or otherwise to the education of students who are studying in institutions of higher learning.”)

The hansard had stated that Kit Siang had said that the RM100 million startup allocation for the PTPTN as contained in the bill was insufficient and it should be increased to RM500 million.

His son Guan Eng was reported in the hansard of proposing a higher quantum than that by his father.

Guan Eng, was recorded as saying: “RM100 million is not enough. If the government is really sincere, they should consider to start at least with the amount of RM1 billion”.

The bill was then tabled by Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak who was the Minister of Education.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who had raised issue with the PTPTN and had promised to abolish it if the opposition takes over the nation’s rule, was the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister when the bill was tabled in 1997.

In fact, he was the acting Prime Minister then.

This was pointed out by Dr Mahathir who said he was on a two-month leave when the bill was tabled and Anwar was then the acting Prime Minister.

Dr Mahathir in a Bernama report, said: “That is Anwar. He doesn’t know what is he talking about; he is forgetful”.


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rayson says:

basically these university students knew that billions of ringgit had been abused for crony bailout eg. MAS, or corruption eg. NFC, thus justifying better use of national fund on education. BN dare not arrest them for fear of backlash from young voters. A new dawn for malaysian politics as the young voters are becoming kingmaker.

Hi Khoo,
“Shoddy quality of graduates from local public universities make them unemployable.

For instance, 95% UTAR graduates are employed after 3 month of graduation”

I’m quite disagree with both pointers, the employment market purportedly controled by chinese dominance PLC’s, so i wouldnt be surprised if u telling me the UTAR unemployment rate is just 5%.

Its a fact that in PLCs controlled by chinese, offered different salary scheme for malay compared chinese candidates, even both of them fresh graduates with a same study field.

For me this is an embarassment since we just celebrated 50th ++ independence, and its a shame that some of the chinese students could communicate ib fluent british accent while just being in UK for six month, then converse in bahasa while living here in Malaysia for 3-4 generations.

Pardon me for this comment, but i’m deeply hurt by the scenario.


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nkkhoo says:

First, please show me data that the job market is controlled by Chinese.

Let me correct your racist view on this issue because Malaysian government, GLCs plus MNCs are still the main employers in Malaysia.

The fact is Malaysian Chinese only control 40% of private companies in Malaysia, other 60% is controlled by GLCs and MNCs.

For instance, 95% employees in Petronas are bumi, mainly Malays.

The biggest employer in plantation sector in Malaysia is Malay Sime Darby, not Chinese IOI.

The biggest employer in banking is Malay Maybank, not Chinese public bank.

The biggest employer in express bus is Malay Konsortium Transnasional, not Chinese Grassland.

The biggest employer in airport service is a GLC, Malaysia Airport Berhad.

The list goes on….

Let me tell you another story, some UMNO Malay-owned companies like Pemanis Sdn Bhd preferred to hire Chinese to run top management.

Are these Malay companies discriminate against Malay for hiring Chinese managers?

How many Chinese graduates are hired by our public services excluding teachers in Chinese schools? Most is 0.1%!

Malaysia Airlines declined to hire Chinese students who are better in academic than a Malay student from a same class and university.

I was graduated from a local public university, and know exactly the majority of Malay students who passing the exam are due to exam passing marking standard is pulled down heavily to suit those students.

Don’t expect China Mainland companies and western MNCs to hire Malay racists like you who cannot speak Mandarin to work in China, and many Malaysian Chinese got job opportunity in China for their multilingual skill, right working attitude and academic qualification.

I also do not understand British accent has anything to do with job market in Malaysia except to interpret your racism is played out again.

You have no shame to blame Chinese for your unemployable issue due to your poor attitude, academic and language skills.

Haji Idris says:

hati saya pedih dan luka melihat graduan yang tidak ada peluang perkerjaan.

patut cucu saya belajar di selolah kebangsaan cina supaya cerah masa depan cari kerja fasih bahasa cina tanpa tepikan bahasa melayu.

RTM’s Bicara Siswah selalu “syiok sendiri” tanpa holistic solution mengatasi “unemployable” graduates.

Azmeer says:

BN is breeding too many students with irrelevant courses in the local universities,as evident in the high number of unemployed graduates whose ‘qualification’ do not meet the industry needs.

One way is to reduce the number of intake and those incompetent lecturers, or shut down certain campus and focus on meritocracy. Then it is OK to provide free education with savings to those deserving undergraduates, and bond them to work in Malaysia to prevent brain drain.

Those who are not academically strong should not be offered university places. They could study in private academy (that are mushrooming everywhere, the atest one being KRU Academy) to gain vocational trade certification that could guarantee them job.

But BN has got no guts to embark on such true blue ocean strategy.

nkkhoo says:

Shoddy quality of graduates from local public universities make them unemployable.

For instance, 95% UTAR graduates are employed after 3 month of graduation.

Azmeer says:

My chinese friend’s duaghter got her job in Singapore the moment she graduated from New Era College. She is now taking part-time degree course in Singapore while working there. So the chinese community is forever indebted to Dong Zong since the lack of opportunity for them to get into local universities despite having good results.

nkkhoo says:

A half of my upper six classmates (all are Chinese except one Indian and one Malay) ended up in Singapore after STPM. They are either Singapore PR or citizens now.