KUALA LUMPUR – Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) will no longer sponsor new students to Taylor’s University for a host of reasons, says Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Nevertheless, he said the decision did not apply to existing students and they could continue their studies as usual.
“I have instructed Mara director-general (Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad) to look into this matter…We will stop sponsoring the new intake (of students) due to many reasons.
“However, we will not terminate the scholarship of the existing students for fear it will cause problems in the future,” he told reporters after visiting the Information Technology Sales Centre @Busana at Menara Mara here today.
Ismail Sabri said this when asked to comment on news which went viral on social media that Mara would cease giving scholarships to students pursuing studies at the Taylorâ€™s University.
Also present was Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said renovation works at the Information Technology Sales Centre @Busana – which upon completion would accommodate about 30 booths -would begin tomorrow and were expected to be completed in November.
The centre is scheduled to be fully operational in December at the third floor of Menara Mara.
“The sales centre, which focuses on retail and wholesale of telecommunication products and computer repair makes room for more Bumiputera entrepreneurs and businessmen to expand their businesses,” said the minister.
Asked whether Bumiputera entrepreneurs could still apply to start businesses there, he said: “We will consider their applications and if there is overwhelming response, we will consider opening up another floor.
“Priority will be given to Bumiputera entrepreneurs and businessmen. If there is non-Bumiputera application, we will consider it.”
In the meantime, Ismail Sabri said the public could propose a name for the centre before month-end.
He said the winner would receive a RM5,000 cash prize, followed by RM3,000 and RM1,000 for second and third prizes, respectively.
Meanwhile, he said the ministry would upgrade the Menara Mara Bistro (foodcourt) as soon as possible for the convenience of traders and customers.- BERNAMA