Over 30,000 benefitted from iGPS

Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman

KUCHING: Over 30,000 applicants have benefitted from the state government’s Graduan Pulang Sarawak initiative (iGPS), said Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.

“Since this programme was introduced in 2019, 31,285 applications have been submitted until December 2020. The total expenditure for iGPS until the end of last year was RM9,266,100.

“iGPS is still ongoing even though the country is currently under movement control order (MCO).

“The initiative announced in 2019 by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg aims to ease the burden of Sarawak students who want to return to the state,” he said today.

Fazzrudin said the RM300 subsidised flight ticket initiative for Sarawak students studying at institutions of higher learning (IPT) in Malaya, Sabah and Labuan received 13,167 applications last year costing RM3,830,700.

“Among the conditions and terms for obtaining the iGPS subsidy is that the applicant must be a Sarawakian aged 18 and above, a full-time student at any higher learning institution registered with the Ministry of Education.

“An applicant is eligible to apply only twice a year. They can submit applications through the Yayasan Sarawak website,” he said.

Applicants can also download the Yayasan Sarawak smartphone application for iOS (Apple App Store) or Android (Google Play Store).

Interested applicants can get further details on the Sarawak Volunteers Facebook page or call 011-3322 1107 during office hours.