Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (third left) presents Early Education Assistance for UiTM Sarawak Student to UiTM Sarawak Rector Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali (second left) while (from left) UiTM Deputy Rector (Student Affairs) Prof Madya Dr Mohd Isa Mohd Din, Political Secretary at Mjnistry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Datuk Seri Syed Hamzah Syed Paee and Bank Rakyat Business Banking chief officer Mohamad Shiblie Abang Sapuan. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KOTA SAMARAHAN: A total of 500 Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak students received their Early Education Assistance on Friday (Oct 16).

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the students would receive a total of RM1,000 each from Yayasan Bank Rakyat.

“I am pleased to inform that Yayasan Bank Rakyat has agreed to channel a contribution of RM500,000 to UiTM in Sarawak.

“This involves 500 students from low-income families who have received admission offers to further their studies at the Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree level.

“This one-off financial assistance provides RM1,000 to each student from a family earning less than RM3,000 per month and this assistance will be channelled through the nearest Bank Rakyat branch.”

Wan Junaidi said this when officiating the ceremony to present the assistance at UiTM Sarawak campus here.

The assistance was to ease the burden of parents due to rising living costs and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially on rural students, he added.

“I believe, the provision of Early Education Assistance means a lot to those who need it so that the burden on the parents of these students can be eased, for them to buy stationery and books.”

The Santubong MP said while 2020 had been a challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, education remained a focus of the present federal government.

“Aspects of education and wellbeing of students have always been a priority for the sake of the country’s survival in the future.

“The Early Education Assistance programme is one of the initiatives of Yayasan Bank Rakyat to help the less fortunate.”