KUALA LUMPUR – The government has reiterated that it did not abolish the Public Service Department (JPA) scholarship as claimed by certain quarters.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said for 2016 alone, the government had allocated RM1.65 billion to sponsor students through the scholarship.
“This clearly shows the government has never shelved the question of education and therefore, I hope all parties will not politicise the issue and confuse the people,” she said in a statement here Saturday.
She made the clarification following a news report with the heading, ‘Government saves RM240 million a year by cancelling scholarship’, which received reactions from many parties.
Azalina said even though the government cancelled 744 scholarships for further studies abroad and saved RM240 million from the measure, sponsorship for these students would be continued.
She said this was to enable them further their studies for the first degree at institutions of higher learning in the country as announced in the 2016 Budget Recalibration on Jan 28, 2016. Azalina said the government was still sponsoring JPA scholarships for 49,060 students comprising 41,324 students locally and 7,736 students abroad.
“With this, I want to stress that the government has never abolished JPA scholarship as alleged by certain parties,” she said. She said the government would issue detailed information on the JPA Sponsorship Programme soon. – BERNAMA