Jul 17, 2008 By CHRISTINA KOH
YAYASAN Perak’s RM1,000 study grant for degree students is open to all ethnic groups, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
Nizar said the only criteria were that the student’s parents earned a maximum household income of RM1,500 per month, and that at least one of the parents was from Perak.
“It’s not true that the one-off grant is only for bumiputras. It is for all students from needy families,” he told a press conference in Ipoh recently.
He was responding to a complaint from a parent who had supposedly been told that he could not apply for the grant because he was a non-bumiputra.
Nizar assured that Pakatan Rakyat sought to bring benefits to all Perakians, regardless of race.
Last week, Yayasan Perak’s new chairman Roslan Shaharum had said the education foundation was looking into offering the grants to students who had received offer letters from institutions of higher learning, especially public universities.
Roslan, who is also Bukit Gantang MP, had said that RM1,500 would be given to a degree student, RM300 to a diploma student and RM200 to those taking certificate or matriculation courses.
If approved, this could benefit up to 5,000 students a year, costing about RM500,000 annually.
“This is in line with the Pakatan Rakyat manifesto which we unveiled during the general election campaign,” Roslan had said.
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