KUALA LUMPUR : Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin today clarified that the now-lifted temporary freeze on the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans for new students of Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel) was not intended to burden the students.
Instead, he said, it was a decision made in response to the April 14 assembly organised by the opposition calling for the government to abolish the loan facility.
“The government had no intention of victimising the students, but to see the state government’s capability in providing free education,” he told reporters after opening the World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress (ESTCON), here.
He said the opposition Pakatan Rakyat’s pledge to provide free education by floating Unisel’s assets to raise funds for the purpose was illogical. The freeze on the PTPTN loans for Unisel students was lifted on June 8, just days after it was announced.