PTPTN loans: Employers have no right to deduct staff salaries

GEORGE TOWN: Employers have no right to directly deduct loan repayments from the salaries of their staff who are the PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund Corporation) borrowers without their (employees) consent.

Human Resources Minister, M. Kula Segaran said this was because there was currently no provision in the law to permit employers to do so.

“There is no provision to authorise PTPTN …so what can be done is to amend the PTPTN Act first by providing that outstanding payments be deducted from parties that are authorised to do so,” he said.

“If there is an Act granting permission to the government or to PTPTN to make salary deductions at source, then  nobody can question. The employers must also be involved,” he told reporters after attending the 7th Employment Law Forum, here yesterday.

He said this when commenting on PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan’s statement yesterday that the corporation was working with six agencies to get income information and details of the employers of PTPTN borrowers in order to implement Scheduled Salary Deduction (PGB) from January. — Bernama

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