Complete study loans for M1

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SUNGAI BESI: Students in the lowest level (M1) of M40 (or middle household income group) will be eligible for full education loans under the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

In addition to announcing the increase of the loan from 75% to 100%, the Prime Minister said that the government had also agreed to provide PTPTN borrowers from the M40 group with loans for the purchase of laptops with the aim of protect and preserve the welfare of students.

“Believe me when I say this, the government will always look after the interests of students.

“Many more announcements will be made to make sure it will benefit them,” he said in his speech at the Semarak Patriotik IPT 2022 held at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia yesterday.

In an effort to address the rising cost of living among students, he said the Malaysian Family Cheap Sales program will be held at all institutes of higher learning (IPT) from next month.

Ismail Sabri told the undergraduates that they had an important role in nation building.

He urged them to stay true to their identity, language and culture while drawing inspiration from former student leaders who fought for the nation’s freedom.

He added that they still had a role to play in defending the nation against the current threat of modern colonialization.

He also urged students to champion the Malay language as a means of expressing their love for the country.

“I also use the Malay language when delivering my speeches on international platforms,” ​​he said.

Ismail Sabri praised filmmaker U-Wei Saari for using the Malay language at the recent Moscow International Film Festival, as well as Muar-born Sam Lim, who spoke Malay when addressing the Australian House of Representatives after his election as MP for Tangney.

The Prime Minister also reminded students that there are many other ways to express patriotism, such as education, and that is not limited to taking up arms.

“The most important challenge for students at this time is to continue to ensure that the diverse multicultural relationship of the Malaysian family remains close and strong,” he said.

Earlier in her speech, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad said that some 6,500 university and college students, including those from private higher education institutions, attended the event.

Some 50,000 academic and administrative staff then joined in a virtual recitation of the Rukun Negara.

During the event, the ministry broke Malaysia’s Book of Records when 112,413 university students took part in the largest recitation of Rukun Negara.

Also present at the event were Minister of Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, Chief Cabinet Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali and Malaysian Armed Forces Chief Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang.

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