Abang Johari praised for loans initiative

Lukanisman Awang Sauni

KUCHING: Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni has lauded Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s initiative to assist Sarawakian students in repaying their outstanding National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans.

“Yayasan Sarawak has held discussions and found an appropriate solution. It should be understood that this incentive is not to write off all loan balances.

“Thirty percent is a large amount and can help ease the burden of the borrowers,” he said in a Facebook post on Monday (Jan 18).

He was commenting on the state government’s allocation of RM30 million to assist students in settling 30 percent of their arrears with PTPTN, involving 9,634 borrowers.

He recalled that on Oct 19, 2019, during a townhall session, the Chief Minister said the state government would try to find a way to help Sarawakian students make these repayments.

“I also hope that more incentives will be introduced to assist higher learning institution students who are now undergoing online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Lukanisman.

Earlier on Monday, Abang Johari revealed that Yayasan Sarawak and PTPTN had completed their discussions and agreed upon a formula with regard to helping Sarawakians students in their repayment of outstanding PTPTN loans.