Khairy said Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, who was arrested in November for the offence, could take a second chance on his own without sponsorship from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara).
“After he has served his prison sentence and undergone extensive rehabilitation for paedophilia, then he can get a second chance on his own. No need for Mara sponsorship, etc,” Khairy posted in a tweet, Wednesday.
Using the hashtag #NoSecondChance, which was the top trending topic on Twitter, Khairy warned Mara against wasting public funds.
“Harap Mara tidak membazir duit rakyat #NoSecondChance (I hope Mara will not waste the people’s money),” he wrote.
Mara, which sponsored Nur Fitri's education in Britain, reportedly said it would offer the accused a chance to compete his studies locally.
Nur Fitri, a 23-year-old math scholar at Imperial College in London, was convicted of possessing more than 30,000 extreme images and videos of child pornography.
He was busted last November in his bedroom in Queensborough Terrace where police found him on his laptop, sitting next to a life-sized mannequin of a boy.
He had 601 videos and images belonging to category A (abuse involving penetrative sexual activity with children), and thousands of category B and C material.
A petition was also started on www.petitionsite.com by a user known as Hanie Razaif-Bohlender demanding that the government-owned body stop giving the paedophile a second chance.
At noon, the petition had garnered more than 1,000 signatures.
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