Lunch for as little as RM3 under UTeM student welfare plan, says VC


MELAKA: Affordable meals as low as RM3 for lunch and dinner sets are being made available to students of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) here in view of the rising cost of living.

UTeM Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Massila Kamalrudin said the university introduced affordable meals to cost-conscious students to suit their financial capacity.

“The rising cost of living and inflation are also impacting students' appetites (for) practising ‘conscious consumption’ and we have introduced the UTeM Family Menu programme to help them,” she told The Star on Monday (July 4).

Prof Massila said UTeM drew up sustainable solutions to help students by offering them nutritious meals in the RM3 to RM4 range, and continuing to provide food aid to those from impoverished backgrounds.

She said UTeM would continue to ensure that students are provided with quality meals despite the low price.

“The students' welfare is our priority.

"We have also set aside assistance via an Undergrad Food Bank to ensure that they don't miss meals," she added.

Prof Massila said she had also agreed to a proposal to waive monthly rental charges for food operators within UTeM from July to December.

Doing away with monthly rentals for the time being would help food operators sustain their businesses without incurring losses, she added.

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