The committee will be established by August ahead of new student enrolments and return of students to their respective campuses, minister says
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THE Higher Education Ministry (MoHE) will set up a special committee to monitor higher learning institute (IPT) students’ cost of living amid the increase in food prices.
The committee will be established by August ahead of new student enrolments and return of students to their respective campuses.
MoHE Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad said apart from the government’s role, it should also be a collective effort from all parties to ensure the wellbeing of IPT students.
“If the committee plays its part, I am confident that there will be no cost of living issue among our students,” he said during a visit to Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris’ (UPSI) Kafe Kolej Harun Aminurrashid in Proton City, Tanjung Malim today.
He added that the ministry would also monitor the adjustment of food prices in university cafeterias, and that it would take action if the prices are found to spike unreasonably.
Meanwhile, UPSI deputy VC (student and alumni affairs) Assoc Prof Dr Norkhalid Salimin said the university would provide a “Malaysia Family Menu” to help ease the burden of students following the current increase in food prices.
“UPSI will also launch a ‘Food Barakah Campaign’ where cafe customers can contribute loose change to the welfare fund.
“UPSI is also planning the ‘Tapau Kit’ campaign where cafe operators will cut the price of food when students bring their own food containers,” he said.