KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — Umno’s education bureau will create a fund to assist Malaysian students in Egypt reportedly facing financial difficulties, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said today.
The Umno information chief said the fund will consider both students’ academic performance and financial standing when evaluating candidates for the aid.
“We sympathise with the students especially those from low income families. Umno (will help) through the education bureau and working together with the Umno Club over there.
“We want to help the students especially those from poor families and have a household income of RM4,000 below and has excellent academic records,” Annuar Musa told reporters in a press conference today.
He was responding to recent news that around 150 Malaysian medical science students in Egypt may be forced to drop out after amassing RM4.5 million in debt ostensible due to the ringgit’s decline in value.
The rural and regional development minister clarified, however, that none of the affected students were with MARA or under federal scholarships.
“The government is very concerned but it should be understood that these are private students. We don’t have a budget for them,” he said.