RECENTLY, High Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed his sadness over the non-payment of the Nationwide Upper Tutorial Fund (PTPTN) loans, pointing out that the defaulters had been harmful their very own popularity and their group’s as neatly.
He additionally identified that there have been defaulters who refused to pay off their loans even if they had been in a position to take action. In consequence, there may be recently RM36bil in unpaid PTPTN loans.
The problem of unpaid PTPTN loans has transform such the most important a part of the rustic’s nationwide considerations that it’s even getting used for political acquire, as befell within the final common election the place one of the crucial guarantees introduced in trade for votes used to be the deferment of bills for a undeniable time frame. Undoubtedly, present tendencies have left a bitter style within the mouths of those that have not begun to settle their loans.
Sooner than the issue turns into worse, the Election Offences Act 1954 (Act 5) will have to be amended to incorporate a clause that prohibits any baby-kisser or political celebration from the use of schooling loans of their political campaigns at some point. A heavy penalty must be imposed on any baby-kisser or political celebration that also makes use of schooling loans of their marketing campaign to win votes.
Politicians must no longer make any guarantees on this regard in the event that they really take care of the way forward for our younger individuals who want to study from an early age to be financially accountable.
All politicians have an ethical responsibility to show the younger to worth the schooling loans which they have got won.
DR MUZAFFAR SYAH MALLOW
College of Syariah & Legislation
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia