BANGI: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has questioned the need to reintroduce the travel ban on loan defaulters of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN).
The Port Dickson MP was responding to PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan’s statement earlier today, indicating that he may propose to reintroduce the travel ban for defaulters if the people are in favour of it.
“I hope the people will air views which are lenient on defaulters who have yet to secure jobs. Give them some space.
“I agree with the people contributing views (on solving PTPTN’s problems). But I hope these views will result in a decision that won’t put too much pressure on defaulters,” he told reporters after a breaking-of-fast event with several Muslim NGOs.
Wan Saiful earlier said Putrajaya would have the final say on whether to impose the ban, which he added was one of the most effective means of getting defaulters to service their study loans.
Anwar added that while he supports the will of the people, he is of the view that they will not agree with harsh actions.
“They took the loan, but they don’t have jobs yet. Yet, the government wants to apply pressure on them. For what?”
The public consultation, in the form of an online survey, will be held from May 16 to June 13 to obtain feedback on ideas for a new affordable study loan repayment scheme and measures to improve PTPTN’s loan sustainability.
Commenting on allegations that the voices of Muslim movements are being drowned by minority groups, Anwar said these “minority voices” should not be hindered or stopped.
“We must give them space, but we mustn’t be silent.
“We should also be voicing our views.”
When asked about the need for a truth and reconciliation commission to be set up following calls from human rights groups to declassify official reports on the May 13 incident of 1969, Anwar said this was best left to be decided by Putrajaya as it involved all races.