By Chris Maskilone
KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian government has shown that it is obviously not short of fund being financially able to provide scholarships to the Palestinians.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Deputy President Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai said that since the Government showed that it has the money then it should consider assisting PTPTN borrowers and Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College as well.
“Whilst we are not arguing over the merits of using our tax payer money for the foreigners on education, what about the education plight of our own Malaysians?
‘If we are so concerned with the education of non-Malaysians, why, at the same time, are we so hard on our own PTPTN holders?” he asked.
According to him, many of the PTPTN holders were being punished for their inability to repay the loan.
“This is notwithstanding the promise of the government over repayment by the PTPTN holders, previously.
Dr Yee said it was not acceptable that the government has cited shortage of funds, as an excuse, for not honouring its manifesto to the PTPTN holders; yet, at the same time, it has money to give away scholarships to the foreigners.
“Likewise, it is absurd to punish TAR college, by giving them less than half the amount of funds, as compared to what has been committed to the scholarships for foreigners.
“This is very deplorable when, in fact, TAR college has educated so many Malaysians, some of whom are now even members of the current government,” he said.
“We urge the government to be fair. Review its decisions on repayment of PTPTN holders and TAR college funding since the government now has extra money to give away, even to foreigners .
“Charity should start at home first,” he said.
Tun Mahathir has been reported as saying 12 local universities will be offering scholarships to selected Palestinian students living here.
He also said that standing up for the Palestinians was a moral obligation.-SabahNewsToday