Thursday June 14, 2012
Student gets to continue degree thanks to MCA
By SARBAN SINGH
SEREMBAN: Nur Izzah Mohamed Fuzi was devastated when her applications for a study loan from several agencies were unsuccessful for two years.
To compound matters, the authorities at Zagazig University in Egypt, where she is pursuing her medical degree, reminded the 20-year-old that her official transcript for her first year would not be released until she pays up her first year fees.
With hardly any options left, Nur Izzah told her 52-year-old mother Shuhana Ahmad to approach MCA for help or else she would probably have to return home without the degree.
Nur Izzah's prayers were answered when the party approved a RM50,000 loan under its 1MCA Education Loan Scheme to enable her to continue studying.
Shuhana, who received a cheque for the amount from MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok at Wisma MCA here, was full of praise for the party for its timely aid.
“We have had sleepless nights as Nur Izzah was told to pay her fees by next month. A huge burden has been lifted off our shoulders and we do not have words to describe our gratitude to MCA,” said Shuhana, who works as an administrative assistant at Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital here.
She said that although Nur Izzah needed RM144,000 to complete her six-year programme, MCA's aid greatly helped reduce the family's burden.
Shuhana said her 51-year-old husband, a junior officer with a bank, faced problems securing a personal loan due to his age.
“My two older children have just started work as a radiographer and a nurse. We do not have enough to pay for Nur Izzah as my children were also servicing their PTPTN loans,” she added.
Loh said the party decided to help the family as theirs was a deserving case.
“We were also happy with Nur Izzah's first year results,” said Loh, who is also Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia (Kojadi) secretary.
Kojadi was set up in 1981 to provide study loans to those pursuing certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and degree programmes.
Loh said 109 students had benefitted from the 1MCA Education Loan Scheme which was jointly set up by MCA and Kojadi, and launched in September last year. To date, some RM3.8mil has been disbursed.
Loh said the recipients would not be charged interest in the first five years of the loan tenure as the amount would be borne by the party.