TUMPAT: The plight of a Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) student unable to pursue her course due to financial constraints has caught the attention of Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Prime Minister’s special officer, Wan Khairul Ihsan Wan Muhammad, said the student Wan Nur Atierah Wan Mohd Nasrom, 19, has now been exempted from paying the university’s registration fees and first semester tuition fees.
Wan Nur Atierah said no words could express how she felt about her story coming to the prime minister’s attention, and her relief that she could further her studies at UPSI starting Oct 11.
The second of three siblings, Nur Atierah said she had initially planned to postpone her studies and work to earn some money first.
“I am grateful and would like to express my appreciation and thanks to the prime minister for the assistance provided. InsyaAllah, I will use this opportunity as best as I can to change the fate of my family, as my mother, Hamsiah Muhammad, 46, is a single parent,” she added.
Khairul said higher education minister Noraini Ahmad had taken action to ensure that Nur Atierah, a former student of SMK Kampung Laut, will pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
He was speaking to reporters after visiting Nur Atierah’s family in Kampung Bendang, Pulau Palekbang, here, today, to present a cash donation from Ismail. Also present was the principal of SMK Kampung Laut, Mohd Nazeli Mohd Nawi.
The prime minister’s political secretary, Syed Mohd Fazmi Sayid Mohd also made a 10-minute video call to Wan Nur Atierah to convey Ismail’s message and advice to her.
Wan Nur Atierah’s plight had earlier come to light on social media, drawing sympathy from netizens.