PH’s education policy no different from BN’s, says Najib

Former prime minister Najib Razak says BN had ensured free education for primary and secondary students.

PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak today mocked Pakatan Harapan’s policy on free education and said it was no different from the one implemented by his administration.

In a Facebook post, the former prime minister said that prior to PH taking over Putrajaya, the coalition had labelled the Barisan Nasional government as cruel for not offering free education.

Yet, Najib said, when the education minister was asked about providing free education, he told the Dewan Rakyat that there was no such plan as education in the country was already almost free.

Maszlee Malik, according to Najib, said that education in public schools – both primary and secondary – was free.

Maszlee, Najib added, also said that those who studied in public higher learning institutions only paid 10% of the operational cost, the sum of which was borne by the government via scholarships and National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans.

Najib pointed out that the same policy had been implemented during BN’s time.

“So what is the difference? Primary and secondary education is now free because the BN government was the one which did away with school fees in 2012.”