THE National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) has pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 20th anniversary with its customers at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur.
The corporation gave away RM500,000 worth of prizes through its “Cabutan Wow! 20 Tahun PTPTN” lucky draw, and held a huge luncheon for customers and affiliates to commemorate the occasion.
The lucky draw was opened to those who had existing or added new SSPN-i and SSPN-i Plus accounts.
In the special draw category for individuals who opened an account between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, the programme doled out 10 top prizes, including two consolation prizes of RM2,000 cash, five third-place prizes of a Kawasaki ER-6F motorcycle as well as three second-place prizes of a Toyota Vios TRD Sportivo.
Wan Asron Wan Jusoh of Kuantan, Pahang, drove away with the first prize of a Proton Perdana 2.4L.
Top three lucky draw winners for the third quarter, starting Jan 1 to March 31 2017, were Chu Siew Yin who bagged the top prize of a Honda Jazz 1.5L vehicle, and two consolation prize winners who received RM2,000 cash each.
“The event and lucky draw programme is a gesture of appreciation by PTPTN to thank customers and account holders,” said PTPTN chief executive Wan Ahmad Wan Yusoff.
“They have stayed true to the services of PTPTN in terms of financial planning, especially for education purposes.”
He said that planning ahead with savings was something that was crucial to ensure financial security for the future.
“We hope that with early saving plans, PTPTN can help to ensure graduates in the future only need to have a minimum loan repayment,” added Wan Ahmad.
Meanwhile, PTPTN chairman Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said the corporation also hopes to highlight PTPTN, not just as a body for education loan, but as a savings fund.
“Through the SSPN-i and SSPN-i Plus, PTPTN is an education savings institution, and we hope fellow Malaysians can perceive it as an education fund.
He said the two saving plans were optimum, as they offer good dividends with low investments that are not burdensome.
“The dividend rate offered is competitive compared with other financial institutions, having previously reached the highest rate of 4.25%.
“Parents who opened the savings account also have income tax relief of up to RM12,000 a year,” said Shamsul.
During the prize presentation, PTPTN also awarded best performing online agents with cash prizes and holiday packages while the first three organisations which entered PTPTN’s “Sahabat Niaga” programme were also recognised.
With the Sahabat Niaga programme, PTPTN hopes to open up more channels for people to learn about the saving plans.
The agencies working with PTPTN through the programme will get 5% commission from the total accounts opened.