What happened to the promised tuition aid for B40 secondary school students in Sarawak?

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong

By S. Harrish

THE Sarawak government has been urged to expedite the disbursement of the RM150 monthly tuition fee vouchers to 5,600 secondary school students in the state.

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said students from low-income families were promised the aid by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg in November last year.

During the State Budget speech in the State assembly, she said Abang Johari announced that RM10 million will be allocated for this purpose.

It was reported that it will be paid in the form of vouchers worth RM150 monthly for each student in 2021 and it will be coordinated through Yayasan Sarawak.

“However, I received feedback from some parents that it has not materialised till now. When the public tried to follow up the matter with Yayasan Sarawak, the answer given was that the matter is still under the planning stage.”

She said this was unacceptable as the first quarter of the year was almost over and the scheme was yet to take off.

“It clearly shows that the Sarawak government was not sincere in helping the students despite all the sweet talk.”

Yong also asked why the matter was still under the planning stage despite the announcement being made in November.

She hoped the Sarawak government could implement the scheme without any unnecessary delay so that the targeted students can truly benefit from the aid.