DPM: Unwise to impose travel ban on PTPTN defaulters


  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 May 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail says restricting overseas travel against borrowers who fail to repay loans from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is not appropriate and should be reviewed.

She said the government had yet to make any decision on the matter and the proposed restriction should be reviewed.

"We haven't made any decision. When did we discuss it? PTPTN has provided space and opportunities for the students to pursue higher studies but there are a handful who did not service their PTPTN study loans (after completing their studies).

"So rolling money is tough for PTPTN but to impose travel restrictions is not a wise thing to do. It needs to be reviewed," she said.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Pandan MP, said this after attending a breaking of fast event for disabled people organised by the Pandan Indah Constituency Service Centre and Selangor Ehsan Ummah Welfare Organisation here Sunday (May 19).

PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan was reported earlier to have said that re-imposing the travel ban on errant borrowers was among the ideas received during PTPTN's ongoing public engagement sessions.

Meanwhile, in JERLUN, Wan Saiful urged the public to channel feedback to PTPTN via the right channel, the Kertas Konsultasi Rakyat (KKR) which is provided on its official website.

Speaking to reporters after a PTPTN Ramadan programme, he said PTPTN could only act on feedback provided via that platform and not from social media.

However, he said the people were to free to have their say (about PTPTN) on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp or other mediums. – Bernama

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