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Students want transport costs subsidised

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 9, 2009) : The National Students Consultative Council today asked the government to subsidise transport costs for university students, using discount fare cards.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who chaired the council meeting today, described the proposal as “a good idea” but said it will have to be studied by the relevant agencies as there are “big implications”.

“Although we have explained the reasons for the increase in costs like the price of fuel and other management and operational costs, they insisted it is a burden. They have asked the government to consider creating a scheme to enable students to get discounts. They want the government to subsidise (the fare),” he said.

Muhyiddin said in one of the papers presented during the meeting, the students complained about the rising cost of using public transport and suggested for government subsidy like what was being practised in other countries.

Other matters brought up were the quality of education in rural schools in Sabah, the country’s economic transformation, the establishment of a non-traditional security issues study centre and a National Female Students Council (Masiswi).

Muhyiddin said the government has agreed for Universiti Pertahanan Nasional to lead in the study on the non-traditional security aspects.

“Non-traditional issues like food safety and social safety are also important. So, the university will coordinate with other relevant agencies to get the actual picture,” he said.

He said the government has also agreed for Masiswi to be set up and placed under the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry and for the council to be able to liaise directly with its minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Asked to comment on certain groups calling for the government to review the decision to limit the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia subjects from 10 to 12, Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister said: “We have our reason for limiting it to 10. But we have yet to finalise it. So, we will look at their suggestions. In many countries, the number of subjects in exams is limited.

“It does not mean we want to limit their creativity but it is to enable them to concentrate on the core subjects and use the available time for co-curricular activities and sports”.

Sumber: Akhbar Perdana Inggeris

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11/06/2009 at 4:12 PM

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