AN extra RM750,000 has been allocated to University of Technology Sarawak (UTS) for a four-year scholarship scheme for the B40 group.
Sarawak Deputy Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said as the number of students exceeded the quota for the scheme, the additional allocation would help finance 50 more students from the B40 group to study in UTS.
Under the scheme, which was previously announced by Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, 100 bumiputra and 100 non-bumiputra students from the B40 group could enjoy 80% reduction in tuition fees.
“Currently, the quota is full but I met with the Premier and he agreed to add RM750,000 to cover four years of tuition fees for another 50 students,” said Annuar.
He hoped that Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak (TBS) could also assist by giving the same allocation for 50 asnaf students.
“We can start with 50 students who are orphans or asnaf.
“We only need RM750,000 for their expenses for four years at UTS.
“We do not have to send them abroad for studies. Even sending your children to study in other Malaysian states will require higher costs.
“For example, in Kuala Lumpur, you need RM500 to rent a room,” he stressed.
Also speaking at the event was TBS general manager Datuk Abang Mohd Shibli Abang Mohd Nailie.