Menu Siswa Rahmah priced at RM3.50 at public universities, polytechnics
By: Patrick Beech
As many as 320,000 students from the B40 category (lower income) will benefit from the government's latest initiative - Menu Siswa Rahmah - which offers RM3.50 meals at 20 public universities and polytechnics nationwide.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the ministry had since received a commitment from all 20 public universities and polytechnics involving a total of 235 stalls to provide meals at RM3.50.
"The initiative and participation of the vendors to support programmes such as the Menu Siswa Rahmah will help undergraduates deal with the high cost of living," he said.
The initiative could be implemented due to the fact that public universities did not charge stall rental costs to traders, which involved a cost of RM3 million per year while at the polytechnics this involved a cost of RM700,000 per year.
However, he said, the public universities and polytechnics would still provide the Menu Rahmah priced at RM5 for those who can afford it.
To distinguish eligible students for the Siswa Rahmah Menu, the public universities and polytechnics will provide tokens to the students from the B40 category.