Budget 2021: PTPTN borrowers laud computer loan initiative


IPOH: National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) borrowers are happy that loans to buy computers are now available for students as announced in Budget 2021.

Student Muhammad Muhiran Ramli, 20, said he was glad he would be able to buy a new notebook as his current machine was in bad shape.

"I had to seek help from my relatives to buy a notebook before because I could not afford one.

"Many students are borrowing notebooks to do their work," he said, adding that some were relying on computers provided on campus.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, when tabling Budget 2021 on Friday (Nov 6), announced an RM100mil allocation for the BSN MyRinggit-i Comsis scheme.

Muhammad Muhiran, however, was concerned about the terms and conditions for the scheme.

"My friends and I are also unsure if all applications will be accepted and the requirements to be eligible for the loan," he said.

"Many of my peers are also hoping for more assistance for students," he added.

Another student, who wished to be known as Kevin, 23, said he was looking forward to buying a brand-new notebook.

He said he had been using a second-hand machine he had purchased last year for about RM800 and it had broken down a few times since.

"I had to borrow one from friends, which was difficult since they also needed to use it," he added.

Kevin said he hoped the scheme would allow those who needed more powerful machines such as graphic design students to get better notebooks.

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