Review plans for student loan travel ban, says Wan Azizah

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has called for a review of any plans for travel restrictions on borrowers who fail to repay loans from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN).

Such a proposal was inappropriate, she said, as the Government has yet to make any decision. The proposed restriction should be reviewed.

“We haven’t made any decision. When did we discuss it? PTPTN has provided space and opportunities for the students to pursue higher studies but there are a handful who did not service their PTPTN study loans (after completing their studies).

PTPTN has difficulty in its cash flow “but to impose travel restrictions is not a wise thing to do. It needs to be reviewed, after all we, too, protested against the travel restrictions before,” she said.

Wan Azizah, who is MP for Pandan, told this to reporters after attending a breaking of fast with disabled people organised by the Pandan Indah Constituency Service Centre and Selangor Ehsan Ummah Welfare Organisation here today.

PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan was reported earlier to have said that re-imposing the travel ban on errant borrowers was among the ideas submitted as a result of PTPTN’s ongoing public engagement sessions.

Wan Saiful urged the public to channel feedback to PTPTN via the right channel namely Kertas Konsultasi Rakyat (KKR) which is provided on its official website.

Speaking to reporters after a PTPTN Ramadan programme, he said PTPTN could only act on feedback provided via that platform as it did not pay heed to what was said about the corporation on social media platforms.

However, he said the people were  free to have their say (about PTPTN) on Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp or other mediums.