Syed Saddiq defends allowance for students doing practicals

Youth minister Syed Saddiq has proposed that students on practical training be given an allowance.

SHAH ALAM: University and college students cannot afford to undergo unpaid practical training in commercial firms and industry and should be given an allowance, says youth minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Syed Saddiq, defending his proposal against criticism, said: “We do not only want those who are from wealthy families to have access to this opportunity.”

He gave an example of someone coming from a poor family in Sarawak having to do practical training in Kuala Lumpur. “How can they benefit from this opportunity given their financial problems?” he said.

His proposal, which he announced in a Twitter posting, had been criticised by Cuepacs (the umbrella union federation for government servants), which said there was no need for an allowance.

However, Syed Saddiq said Cuepacs needed to be realistic in evaluating the issue and looking at its benefits to students. “We will have a Cabinet discussion to safeguard the welfare of our youth,” he said.