KUCHING: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has heaped praise on the state government’s move to help its students repay the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan.
He said the incentive to the students was a fulfilment of previous pledge made by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“We thank the chief minister and the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government for allocating a total of RM30 million for this noble intent.
“We are also thankful that the state government, through Yayasan Sarawak, has conducted talks with PTPTN on the repayment method.
“It is hoped that this initiative will be able to reduce the burden of the youth, especially those who are in need of assistance in managing their commitments with PTPTN,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
When contacted, Yayasan Sarawak said on Monday that the incentive would assist students in settling 30 percent of their debt balance with PTPTN, adding that this would involve 9,634 students.
In late 2019, Abang Johari pledged to help young Sarawakians pay for their PTPTN loans during a ‘Lan Berambeh Anak Sarawak’ event at Kuala Lumpur.
On Monday, the chief minister also fulfilled another pledge which was presenting two buses which cost RM600,000 to Mukah Polytechnic and Metro Betong Polytechnic for use by students involved in school activities.
He made the promise during the town hall session ‘Berambeh ngan Abang Jo’ in conjunction with the ‘Today for Tomorrow (T4T) Carnival’ on Jul 6, 2019 in Mukah and Dec 15, 2019 in Betong.