No signature of elected rep needed in education scholarship application form
KUANTAN,. The requirement to obtain the signature of an elected representative on the state government’s scholarship and education Loan Application Form through Yayasan Pahang (YP) has been abolished starting this year, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
The new measure, according to him, is to make it easier for students applying for the scholarship or loan, as well as freeing up elected representatives who no longer need to sign the form.
“Applicants have been allowed to apply online. So I hope the elected representatives here can tell students in their respective areas to apply online,” he said.
Wan Rosdy said this while answering a question from Rosli Abdul Jabar (PN-Tanjung Lumpur) who asked for an explanation, as to why opposition members of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) were not ‘qualified’ to sign scholarship forms, at the Pahang DUN sitting at Wisma Sri Pahang here today.
Wan Rosdy’s answer was praised by Pahang State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin because he too ‘took a long time to sign education-related forms due to the number of forms piling up’ when he was a Lanchang assemblyman.
Since the establishment of Yayasan Pahang in 1983 until last year, Wan Rosdy said a total of RM1.4 billion had been channelled for educational purposes benefiting more than 1.7 million recipients.
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man also admitted that he had received a YP education loan but it was ‘converted’ into a scholarship due to academic excellence, before asking if the facility is also offered to civil servants who want to continue their studies to Master’s or Doctorate level.
Wan Rosdy replied that the offer can be considered through the discussion of the YP board of directors and can be approved if it benefits the state government.