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Don’t Deny Unisel Students Who Can’t Afford Fees, Says Anwar

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SHAH ALAM: Universiti Selangor (Unisel) students who cannot afford to pay their tuition fees should not be prohibited from sitting for examinations, said Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He said the matter had been discussed with newly appointed Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali, who had agreed to look into the policy being adopted at the university which was unfair to poor students.

Unisel is wholly owned and funded by the state government.

“I have spoken to the new Mentri Besar and the university’s vice chancellor, and advised them not to do that. It runs contrary to Pakatan Rakyat’s policy.

“Students who are truly in poverty should be assisted and not punished. There must be a mechanism and this is something within the means of the state,” he said.

He said several Unisel students had been issued letters prohibiting them from sitting for examinations, and urged the university’s management to adopt a short-term measure in not acting against those students.

“This is one of the reasons I’m rather impatient. You can talk about large state reserves and big projects but realities such as these are not being addressed,” he said in a veiled reference to the previous state administration under Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Anwar was speaking to reporters after attending a lecture on ‘Combating Extremism’ by Yemeni academic Dr Abdullah Sheikh Abdul Majeed Al-Zindani at the Unisel campus, here.

Anwar, who is PKR de-facto leader, also said the Selangor Sultan’s speech on Friday where he accused Pakatan of wronging Khalid, was merely his “personal opinion”.

He reiterated the need for the state government to review some of Khalid’s past deals as they lacked transparency.

“We want to know why these deals were struck so quickly and shrouded in secrecy, as well as the beneficiaries of those deals. The new state administration has been tasked to look into this.

“I am not casting any aspersions, but there are issues (with the past administration) that need to be addressed. Only then will we know if the Selangor government practices the true principles of good governance,” Anwar added.-The Star

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