DPM: Not appropriate to impose travel ban on PTPTN defaulters

DPM: Not appropriate to impose travel ban on PTPTN defaulters

PUCHONG: It is not appropriate to impose travel ban on borrowers who default on paying their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan.

Speaking on the matter, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the government had yet to make any decision on the matter.

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

“So rolling money is tough for PTPTN but to impose travel restrictions is not a wise thing to do. It needs to be reviewed. After all, we too protested the travel restrictions before,” she said.

The Pandan MP said this after attending a breaking of fast event for disabled people organised by the Pandan Indah Constituency Service Centre and Selangor Ehsan Ummah Welfare Organisation.

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.

Meanwhile, in Jerlun, 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.

He said PTPTN could only act based 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 to free to have their say (about PTPTN) on Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp or other mediums.