Friday, April 27, 2007

PTPTN study loan defaulters are on govt missions

I was reading an article in Sun2Surf about the low attendance of MPs and Ministers in Parliament sessions during the Ijok by-elections. In the article, some interesting references were made about an amendment to the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) (Amendment) Bill 2007.

On Wednesday (April 25), shortly after the bill was opened for debate, most of those who rose to speak described as harsh a provision that would allow the corporation to enlist police and the immigration help to prevent loan defaulters from leaving the country.

Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) described the provision as draconian. Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Bandar Kuching) said that the corporation should require such a provision speaks volume for its lack of confidence in bringing loan defaulters to court.

Abdul Ghapur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan) said: "Please withdraw the harsh provision as people will not vote BN if it is implemented."

Mahadzir Mohd Khir (BN-Sungai Petani) said it would be most embarrassing for [the] defaulter, probably due to no reason of his, to be prevented from boarding his plane at the airport as he was about to depart for some government mission.
There you have it! NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY (not the Opposition MPs, and certainly not the govt ones) seems to be acting in the best interests of the country.

Karpal Singh (DAP) is opposing the amendment for the sake of putting up an opposition.

Chong (DAP) opposes it only to highlight the fact that a government agency / ministry is incompetent.

Ghapur (UMNO) thinks it will make voters dislike him.

Mahadzir (UMNO) is afraid of embarrassing the defaulters!

Why aren't any of you concerned about NOT collecting the monies owed? Why aren't any of you concerned about making sure that these bastards do not continue cheating taxpayers?

Is it because many of these motherfuckers... opps, defaulters are working in the govt?

And before someone decides to sue me, I didn't say it... the extremely clever Mahadzir Mohd Khir (BN-Sungai Petani) did. In addition to saying that defaulters could be embarrassed, he added that the said embarassment was likely to come at a time when the defaulters were about to "depart for some government mission."

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