KOTA KINABALU: Certain quarters have been urged to not be so critical of the government’s effort to ease the burden of the less well-to-do with the presentation of the 1Malaysia Book Voucher.
Foreign Minister Datuk Sri Anifah Aman who was also the Mentor Minister of UMS said the government’s effort and the recipients of these assistance have been belittled and insulted by PAS leader Nik Aziz, likening them to cows and chicken.
“The voucher is a pure effort by the government to help those in need, and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib (Tun Razak) is keen to continue with the giving out of the 1Malaysia Book Voucher following positive remarks from students and parents who have said they have benefited from the assistance … nevertheless everyone will always complain. Even when we are travelling first class, we get so used to it that we try to find fault,” he said.
He added that more than 17,000 students from UMS would be receiving the vouchers of RM250 each, and he urged them to use the vouchers wisely.
“Please do not cash them out. Use them to buy scholarly books ,” he said.
He also said he hoped the initiative by the government would be continued.
He added that the endeavour involved an allocation of RM325 million and would benefit 1.3 million students in higher learning institutes and pre-universities throughout the country.
The aim of the provision of the vouchers was to lighten the burden of parents and students in the purchase of scholarly books, he said.
“The initiative was also in line with the government’s initiative to ensure that every Malaysian can acquire quality education and fulfill the country’s aspiration for a knowledgeable society,” he said.
He also urged the students to appreciate the robust economy that the country was now experiencing as well as its political stability.
He said all these were due to the wisdom of past and present leaders and urged all to continue to work together for the betterment of all.
In his speech, Anifah also stressed on the importance of political and economic stability in luring foreign investors to come.
He said among the main focus of his trips overseas along with the Prime Minister had been to encourage foreign governments and businesses to explore investment opportunities in Malaysia.
“Without political and economic stability, the investors will not come.”