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Syed Saddiq’s PTPTN U-turn sparks debate

Syed Saddiq

Nadhirah Sofea
Written by Nadhirah Sofea

KUALA LUMPUR – May 25, 2018: PTPTN borrowers are not amused with Pribumi Bersatu Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman over what they see as a U-turn on the new government’s decision to defer payments for the study loans.

In its election manifesto Pakatan Harapan promises to delay payment for PTPTN borrowers who earn less than RM4,000 a month and abolish the practice of blacklisting defaulters. This was a scaled-down version of the coalition’s initial campaign to abolish the scheme altogether.

Syed Saddiq, however, has now said that borrowers with less commitments should be responsible and settle their loans despite a salary of less than RM4,000. 

UiTM graduate Ahmad Ridhuan Zukifli maintains that the government must fulfill its promise. “No two ways about it.”

“Syed Saddiq’s statement goes against the manifesto of the new government.

“The government must follow their manifesto to the letter, as the people chose them as the new government based on their manifesto. You say that you will lighten the people’s burden. Then keep your word, please,” he said.

Muhammad Amirul Daim Hashim, an unemployed graduate, also agreed that PTPTN is a burden to some.

“PH promised to lessen the burden from PTPTN. That is why I voted for them. I hope they keep their promises,” he said.

Rosda Syazana Rosti, a Twitter user, said there are those earning RM3, 000 per month who still could not afford to pay their loans.

“Different people live in different situations. Some people barely have enough with RM3,000 per month these days as the cost of living is very high. The PH government was being very  nice (in their manifesto) to give some leniency to postpone the PTPTN payments,” she said.

Not everyone is unsympathetic towards Syed Saddiq though.

Sarah Rahmat, another graduate who is currently paying her loan, agreed that borrowers with less commitments should pay up.

“Everyone now is talking about the high national debt that the government has to face so why can’t we be responsible citizens by paying our debts? We don’t have to wait until we start earning a monthly salary of RM4,000 to do that.

“Also, it will be hard for the next generation to apply for PTPTN when there is not much allocation left for them,” she said.

 

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