Mara to end student sponsorship with varsity


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Sep 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Mara will terminate sponsorship for the next intake of students to Taylor’s University, said Rural and Regional Develop­ment Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).

He, however, did not state the reasons for the revocation.

“There are many reasons,” he said when asked whether this was following the private college’s move to terminate the services of its transport operator, whose buses were used to ferry passengers to the red-shirt rally in Kuala Lumpur last week.

Social media was abuzz when a screen shot of a statement allegedly made by Ismail Sabri went viral, ordering the Mara director-general to terminate the sponsorship of its students with immediate effect.

Ismail Sabri denied making such a statement.

“I did not make such a statement. It was discussed in a Telegram messaging group with Umno division chiefs,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said he would inform the Mara director-general to review its sponsorship with Taylor’s College.

“But I would like to clarify that we will not terminate the sponsorship of existing students.

“They can carry on with their studies. Only the next intake will be affected,” said Ismail.

On Sept 18, Taylor’s University terminated the services of the bus operator which used vehicles bearing the university logo to ferry passengers to the recent Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally.

The university said the two-month termination notice, which takes immediate effect, was in line with the contract of service with the third-party bus company.

“Wawasan Sutera bus services will continue to run according to the agreed schedule without disruption of services until Nov 16, 2015,” it said.

Taylor’s University said it had yet to receive official word of the sponsorship termination from Mara or the ministry.

“We will reserve comment for now as we have yet to hear from Mara on this matter,” a spokesman for the university said.


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