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PUTRAJAYA, Jan 13, 2016:

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has urged all quarters to stop bringing up allegations that there were students from public universities who were starving due to lack of money.

Idris said public universities had funds in the form of welfare funds and zakat of more than RM15 million.

He said 31,776 students had received financial, education, hospitalisation and medical aid.

“All public and private institutions of higher learning, up to polytechnics and community colleges, are concerned and committed in helping to ease the burden faced by students.

“I have asked all universities to ensure this issue of starvation does not arise.

“I have advised that this issue not to be sensationalised so that no one exploits the matter and the case can be closed,” he said at a press conference today.

Speaking further, the Besut Member of Parliament also explained that there were 6,813 students who held part-time jobs on campus in 2015 to ease their cost of living and broaden their experiences.

He said working while studying was also not new because he had done the same when he was studying in the United States.

“When I was working, I also had many jobs. I worked delivering pizza in Dominos Pizza, worked at fast food restaurant McDonald’s and a petrol station. I was also a car jockey at a country club.

“There was no problem working because we got a bit more money to sustain ourselves when I was a private student in the US. It not only gives us experience but also more money.

“Sometimes, it was not because the money was not enough, but working gave us more money.

“Working also allows us to interact and we find out more about problems in the working world.”

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