BANGI: The National Higher Education Fund Body (PTPTN) must give a reasonable period of time before reintroducing any travel ban for those unable to serve their education loans, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He agreed that some flexibility should be given, as some of the defaulters have not yet got a job.
"I agree with the positive view of the public to ensure that no decision will be regarded as a terrible burden," he said when asked about his views on PTPTN's proposal to reintroduce a travel ban to bankrupt loans.
He said this at a press conference after a break of a rapid event with a number of Muslim NGOs.
"I will support the will of the people, and I feel that the public will disagree with any harsh acts, especially for those who have not yet got a job. T
"They took out a loan, bought no work yet.
"Why we want their burden, that's my opinion," said the Port Dickson MP.
It was reported that PTPTN was considering a proposal to reintroduce travel bans for loan defaulters.
At an earlier media briefing on Thursday (May 16), the PTPTN managers said it was also looking at several other options to improve study loan repayments.
However, PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan said Putrajaya would have the final say about whether to impose the ban, and added that it is one of the most effective ways of getting those who are unable to t servicing their loans.
“If the people are for it, I would introduce it to the Cabinet, but the decision is not in our hands,” he said when launching a public consultation initiative at PTPTN headquarters earlier on Thursday. .
The public consultation, in the form of an online survey, will take place between May 16 and June 13 to get feedback on ideas for a new affordable study loan repayment scheme and measures to improve the sustainability of the PTPTN loan.
The travel ban was part of a 10-point proposal to PTPTN during a series of stakeholder commitments that began in December last year.