Higher Education Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin has confirmed that the decision of National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) to halt giving loans to Universiti Selangor (Unisel) students is to challenge the Selangor government's ability to provide free tertiary education.
There are two words which can sum up Khaled's decision: 'Arrogant' and 'Dangerous'. By halting the loans to Unisel students, he is going against his government's own policy. What Khaled is doing is no different from war criminals using human shields to protect their own position and safety.
These students are mere collaterals of Khaled's reckless political game. By any account, Khaled is behaving like a senseless and arrogant politician who should not be entrusted with power.
By using the PTPTN education loan as a political pawn and weapon against the Opposition, it proves that he is a dangerous politician. What's next after this abuse of power?
We need to ask whether the Cabinet members have been consulted and approved his decision?
Pakatan's pledge to provide free education may be part of their election manifesto. It is up to the people to choose to believe or not if this proposal can ever be implement at all. Believers may vote for the newly minted coalition and non-believers may want to stick to the incumbent.
However, it is not proper and acceptable for Khaled to punish 1000 new students by dragging them into his silly political contestation with Pakatan Rakyat, especially the PKR-led Selangor government.
Khaled's recalcitrant behavior cannot be taken lightly by the Prime Minister unless Najib supports his decision to halt giving loans to new Unisel students.
His action is a complete mockery of Najib's 1Malaysia "People First" agenda. He has brought hardship, anxiety and frustration to 1000 Malaysian families.
Straight Talk is asking all concerned Malaysians to stand up against the Higher Education Minister and demand that he stops playing politics with education.