Ahmad Zahid said the success of PTPTN had also encouraged many other countries to learn from Malaysia. — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, March 8 — The National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) is a manifestation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s intention to provide opportunities to the underprivileged to gain access to higher education, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said PTPTN was set up 20 years ago when Najib was education minister then to democratise education so that the less fortunate too had to chance to climb up the social ladder.
“Malaysia is the only country that provides such an education fund for its people. It came about due to the sincerity of the prime minister and his wish is being translated year to year with the fund making such a strong presence,” he said at PTPTN’s 20th anniversary celebration here today.
Also present were Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and PTPTN chairman Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.