PTPTN debts to double in the next 20 years

Pakatan Harapan’s promise to go easy on PTPTN loan defaulters may saddle the country with a projected student debt of RM76bil by 2040 – nearly double what it is today.

(The Star) – PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan revealed that the PTPTN promise was made when they didn’t know the country’s true financial situation.

Another reason for the sharp increase in projected debt could be due to easy access to the loans, which would, in turn, deter tertiary education institutions from lowering prices.

“If there is easy access to loans, universities won’t be under pressure to lower prices to compete for students,” said Sunway University Economic Studies Programme director Professor Yeah Kim Leng.