|Harakahdaily,||11 June 2012|
In his response to the short-lived freezing of study loans to students of state-owned Universiti Selangor (Unisel) and Selangor International Islamic University College (KUIS), Khalid said the state could afford to finance free education if it was exempted from paying taxes to the Federal government.
At present, the state government contributes 23 percent of total revenue to the federal government.
“Although university matters come under the Federal government’s purview, but if we are given the opportunity to manage our resources and revenue, we will be able to implement free education in the state,” said Khalid (right).
Hours before the government's about-turn in its decision to deny study loans under the National Higher Education Funds Corporation (PTPTN), Khalid had announced that the state would use part of Unisel’s assets worth some RM30 million to help students.
"We have more than enough assets to do so,” he added.
Khalid said with PTPTN's decision to continue its study loans which have come under heavy criticism amid a series of huge government expenditure, Unisel could use the assets for long-term development.
On the challenge by Higher Education minister Khaled Nordin to produce the RM30 million, the Selangor leader said it was no longer relevant.
“It’s better for them to shut up and learn how to be true leaders in ensuring that money spent is worth every single sen and not wasted like what they are doing now."