GE15 contesting parties’ promises to university students

By Sarah Nur Safiyyah and Muammar Hadi

GOMBAK, 18 November 2022: University students must equip themselves with the knowledge of what their potential leaders have to offer them before the polling day tomorrow (November 19).

It is important to understand what the contesting parties can offer because that will greatly affect the life of university students when put into motion. 

The three main coalitions of GE15 namely Pakatan Harapan (PH), Perikatan Nasional (PN), and Barisan Nasional (BN) as well as Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) which is contesting under Pejuang have promised several things towards university students, which are: 

Pakatan Harapan:

  1. Delay repayment of PTPTN loans for borrowers who earn less than RM4,000 per month
  2. Student unions will be given its own provision by the institution, and they are free to govern their own union, in accordance with the practice of developed countries
  3. Kembara Siswa offers up to two student tickets per year at a set fare of RM 199 for flights from Sabah and Sarawak to the peninsula.

Perikatan Nasional:

  1. Providing initial study assistance of RM1,000 to all new students registering at higher learning institutions.
  2. Provide digital devices for students from eligible B40 and M40 families.
  3. Improve the quality of high-speed Internet services in the public higher learning institutions (IPTA) campuses for free nationwide.

Barisan Nasional:

  1. Expand PTPTN funding to 100% (full loan) for students from the M40 group and below.
  2. Grant full autonomy to IPTA.
  3. Reduce the cost of higher education by up to 50% through the introduction of a flexible higher education system 

Gerakan Tanah Air:

  1. Overhaul the leadership of higher education by handing it over to a group of professionals with extensive experience
  2. Facilitate access, specifically for the B40 group, and expand access to higher education for minority populations.
  3. Maintaining the importance of education as a resource for human capital development

As some of the university students are first-time voters, there are several rules they need to follow which can be viewed here.

Students are advised to perform their duty to vote in this upcoming election as well as educate themselves on all of the manifestos and promises offered by each coalition.***  

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