PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal yesterday gave assurance that the drop in the value of Malaysian Ringgit will not affect the amount of Mara scholarships and the quota of its overseas students.
He said although the drop in the value of ringgit had affected the ministry’s plan and agenda, it would not be used as an excuse to close the opportunity for the students to excel in education.
“We are aware that the drop in the value of ringgit has its effects.
We are trying to tackle the situation by, among others, reducing our cost of operation without affecting the current quota of Mara overseas students and the amount of its scholarships,” he told a press conference after attending the ministry’s monthly assembly yesterday.
The ringgit was traded at RM3.55 against the US dollar as at 5pm on Tuesday.
Mohd Shafie also gave assurance that Mara would not ask its students to return and complete their studies in Malaysia or to delist countries with higher currency value for its sponsored students.a