Hike in tuition costs and mandatory additional payments to KUIN is oppressive to students
25 June 2012
Press statement by MCA Kedah Chairman Dato’ Chong Itt Chew
Hike in tuition costs and mandatory additional payments in KUIN is oppressive to students
I urge Kedah PAS to not persecute and oppress Kolej Universiti Insaniah (KUIN) students and their respective families by increasing university tuition fees and imposing additional payments for unnecessary expenses. As the leading party government in Kedah, PAS has a responsibility properly address the issue of unaffordable university fees, which directly affects the wellbeing of KUIN students
No action has been taken by Pakatan to address expensive education fees
No progress has been made in regards to the high cost of the university fee which is still RM200 per credit hour. Aside from the tuition, new applicants who want to check the status of their enrollment application are required to pay RM25. Students are also required to get a health test, which run from RM150 to RM250. This fee is concerning to me because it is significantly more expensive than the costs of standard health tests, which range from RM20 to RM50 only.
I believe that the reason for the expensive tuition fees and additional payments can be traced back to KUIN’s financial crisis. To build its campus, the university splurged RM300million. In my opinion, the university has been trying to repay this large debt at the expense of students, most of whom do not have the financial capacity to pay for such expensive fees because they cannot have full-time jobs.
All Pakatan parties need to stand by election platform & deliver promises
PAS 2008 Manifesto promised to increase the seat availability at public universities. How can PAS fulfill these promises if KUIN has such high university fees, making it increasingly more difficult and expensive for students to enroll? It is unlikely for PAS to make more seats available and pay off loans for students when KUIN is in debt and does not have the financial capability to fund the students.
Pakatan promised to ease the financial burden of students, but they have only increased it. Although its election platform is to have free education for all, education has been severely limited under the PAS-led Kedah government.
As part of the opposition coalition, and thereby as signers of the Common Policy Platform and Buku Jingga, DAP and PKR are also responsible for remaining true to its election platform of putting education as a priority. Can DAP and PKR fairly say that they, along with PAS, prioritise education if nothing is being done to address exorbitantly high tuition costs in KUIN?
Dato’ Chong Itt Chew
Kedah MCA Chairman