By Simon Peter
KUCHING, May 14, 2017 - Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) has slammed Perbadan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) for lack of sensitivity when demanding loan repayments from students who have yet to complete their studies or former students are still looking for jobs.
PBDSB president Cobbold John, with Raphelson Richard Hamit (left) and Bobby William, at a press conference.
"There is nothing wrong for PTPTN to demand for repayment but it seems that the timing of such demand has caused unhappiness among the parents and former students themselves," PBDSB president Cobbold John said in a statement today.
He said apparently, some of these students are either in the process of undergoing their practical training with certain establishments or have just finished their practical training.
"How do you aspects them to proceed with their repayment if they are not even earning any income thus yet?" Cobbold asked, adding that PBDSB has received many complaints from the parents, especially the Dayak community.
He said by issuing a notice of demand of repayments in stage, where most of the borrowers have not even begun to be employed yet, is causing concern to the parents.
" As the borrowers are unable to meet the deadline as stipulated, they are being blacklisted and barred from leaving Malaysia," he said.
Cobbold said many of the borrowers come from poor families in the rural areas.
"We hope that Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg could look into this issue urgently as the situation is not getting better asr many of these borrowers are being blacklisted and having their names registered with CCRIS & CTOS before they could even start to be an employee," he said.
"We hope that the Sarawak government look into this matter before more Sarawak graduates (PTPTN applicants) end up as being blacklisted or declared bankrupts," he said.