Sultan's wife offers to help Malaysian students in UK

Sultan's wife offers to help Malaysian students in UK
GENEROUS: Johor queen Zarith Sofiah Idris Shah has offered financial support to Malaysians studying or living in the UK, where she is on holiday.
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

The Sultan of Johor's wife, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris said she is concerned for Malaysian students overseas, especially those in the United Kingdom and United States, as they might face financial difficulties because of the falling ringgit.

The Permaisuri (queen) of Johor, who studied in the UK and is there on a holiday, said she wanted to help the students facing difficulties, reported Malaysia's The Star.

"How they are coping ever since our ringgit dropped? How much do they have spare to buy food after they have paid for their rent and their daily commute? How much can their parents or families send them?

"I am here in the UK on holiday, but I am lucky because I can afford the luxuries here.

FACEBOOK POST

"To the Malaysians who are living or studying in the UK, please let me know how I can help. Is there a student body which can help with students who need financial help?" asked Raja Zarith in a Facebook post.

The post was shared by 5, 300 users and had garnered more than 17,000 likes at press time.

The Johor Queen studied at Cheltenham Ladies College in England and also at Somerville College, University of Oxford, where she graduated in 1983, reported the Malay Mail.

The ringgit continued its fall against the US dollar, hitting a new low of RM4.12. Against the Singdollar, it fell to a new all-time low of 2.97 yesterday.

There are some views that it could weaken further.

Both Prime Minister Najib Razak and Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz have said that the government will not introduce capital controls or peg the ringgit to the US Dollar.


This article was first published on August 22, 2015.
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