A student leader from the Selangor International Islamic University (Kuis), Ahmad Shukri Kamaruddin (PIC LEFT) whose higher education loan was temporarily suspended for his alleged involvement in the Hulu Selangor by-election, will receive a special scholarship instead.
The student activist, a member of Solidarity Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) and Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia (Gamis), said he received the good news from the Selangor government yesterday.
“I am happy that the state government is offering the scholarship and in a way lessening my financial burden,”he said.
The National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) had earlier suspended Ahmad Shukri Kamaruddin’s student loan along with 1,500 other new applicants from his institution, in response to the alleged offence.
However, he had denied allegations that he had been campaigning but was present at the by-election in his individual capacity, and not campaigning for any political party.
Meeting with Selangor MB
When contacted by Malaysiakini, he said that no additional information was provided regarding the scholarship.
“I believe that the scholarship is a result of my meeting with Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and Education exco Dr Halimah Ali on June 23 regarding my student loan,” said Ahmad Shukri, who plays an active role in campus politics.
He is pursuing a four-year Diploma in Islamic Studies (Syariah) course and has another year to go before graduating.
Kuis student development department dean Muhammad Subari Ramli said that the university is not aware of the scholarship given to Ahmad Shukri.
“But the 1,500 new applications are currently being processed by the PTPTN and there is no more problem over the matter,” he added.
Ahmad Shukri’s predicament became public when Mohd Nasir Zakaria (PAS-Padang Terap) brought up the affected students’ plight while debating the 10th Malaysian Plan in Parliament on June 17.