Friday, 22 February 2013

Make full use of govt aid, students told

February 22, 2013

KUCHING: Students must make full use of government assistances that have been granted to them, said Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“With the various forms of assistance and initiatives introduced by the government, there are some people who have become lazy and dependent on the financial assistance and they start to take things for granted.

“However, we should not forget the government’s effort in improving the lives of the people and thus we should make full use of the aid received to improve ourselves,” he said.

Karim was speaking at the ceremony to hand over 1Malaysia Book Vouchers (BB1M) for students of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) at the university’s Student Pavilion here yesterday, where ten students received their vouchers in the symbolic event which was also attended by Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Hamid yesterday.

“Assistance such as BB1M has been designed to help ease students’ expenditures on books. With that taken care of, use your time wisely while studying at Unimas and strive towards achieving academic excellence to fulfil your parents’ hope and become contributing members of the society,” he advised.

In his speech, Karim also announced a donation of RM10,000 to Unimas Students Representative Council to assist them in the organising of activities and programmes.

Meanwhile, Khairuddin said that more than 13,000 students from the university are expected to receive the BB1M vouchers today, which is estimated to be worth more than RM3.25 million.

“The allocation of BB1M by the government, which has spent millions of ringgit to help students purchase suitable books, will help them in their studies as well as enhance reading habits in addition to easing their burden in terms of expenses.

“In view of this, I would like to urge all students of Unimas to use their BB1M vouchers wisely so that the government’s effort will not go to waste,” he added.

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