Confide in others if you are starving, Umno youth head tells students

KUALA LUMPUR - Tell someone if you are starving so we can help, says Umno Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said he was surprised to hear of starving university students in the country as he has never received reports of the like before.

"I am not saying that all university students are rich (senang), I am not saying that there are no poor university students, but I don't think it (the issue) is so severe that university students are starving in the country.

"Maybe in this case, the (starving) university students are not telling anyone about their plight," he told the media after chairing the first Umno Youth committee meeting for 2016.

The Youth and Sports Minister said that he was saddened to hear that the university students who are struggling with this issue did not seek help earlier.

"If you are poor, if you don't have enough money (to eat), I am sure the authorities at universities will help, and if we (Umno Youth) know about it we will help," he said.

Khairy also said there have not been cases where poor university students seeking help had been turned away.

"Even the homeless people get free food - KL Umno Youth gives the homeless free food," he added.

He said he hoped that the reports of starving university students are not sensationalised.

"It's difficult to understand (that the situation is this bad). I hope that the reports can be authenticated," he said.

On the issue of bauxite mining, Khairy said Umno Youth supports the Government's stand to issue a temporary moratorium on bauxite mining in Pahang.

"We ask for the moratorium period to be extended until there is a comprehensive solution to the issue," he said.

He added that this was because bauxite mining adversely affects, among others, the health of those living in areas near the mines and the environment.

He added that the investigators from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should find the culprits behind the whole issue.