United People’s Party (UPP) deputy president Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said deserving Bumiputera students would be equally considered for the UPP Education Fund, which was launched by Sarawak Yang Dipertuan Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud on Friday.
Jerip, who is also Mambong assemblyman, said although UPP president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh had said that the focus would be more on Chinese students, it did not mean that Bumiputera students would not be considered for the fund.
“In fact, he said, deserving Bumiputera students will be equally considered based on their qualification and placement at the universities, but perhaps more consideration will be given to those who don’t have any means of financial support.
“We have to understand that Bumiputera students who have secured a place at university can get financial assistance quite easily.
“We don’t want to create any misunderstanding on why more emphasis on Chinese and not Bumiputera students,” he told Bernama.
On Friday, UPP launched its education fund for needy students at all levels in the state and for those who are academically qualified but lack the financial means to pursue higher education.
Wong had said that it was an upright grant and for all levels, including needy students in primary school.
He said the targeted amount for the fund was RM50 million and it had so far achieved its initial target, exceeding RM30 million.–BERNAMA
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