WHEN Nurhazirah Mohd Ali, 18, won a place at Universiti Teknologi Mara to pursue a degree in hotel management, she was shocked to find a list of the uniforms she had to buy.
She had to spend more than RM1,000 on her practical training uniforms.
“The kitchen uniform alone costs RM500, and there were others such as the serving uniforms which cost RM600,” she said.
Fortunately, Nurhazirah was one of 304 students who received the Penang government’s RM1,000 aid for those planning to take up diploma or degree programmes.
“This aid will ease my financial burden,” she said during the presentation ceremony at the Pesta site in Sungai Nibong, Penang, recently.
Supermarket attendant Sakilah Abu Bakar, 48, who represented her 18-year-old daughter, said the assistance was timely as her daughter had not received her PTPTN loan.
“We are thankful for this aid. She is still dependent on us for her day-to-day expenses and this sum will alleviate our family’s financial constraints,” she said.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that since the programme started in 2008, over RM12mil had been given to 13,447 students who enrolled at public institutions of higher learning.
He added that the 2015/2016 session was open for aid registration until Sept 30.
For details, visit http://ibita.penang.gov.my.