After ringgit drops, Johor queen tells M'sian students abroad: 'Let me know how I can help'

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While Singaporeans are celebrating the plummeting ringgit, Malaysians are not faring well at all.

And Malaysian students abroad are majorly affected as the ringgit continues to weaken against major currencies like the US dollar and the pound sterling.

As of Aug 21, RM1 is worth just US$0.24 and £0.15.

Johor queen Raja Zarith Sofiah Idris Shah reached out to Malaysian students especially in the UK and in the US via a Facebook post and told them that she has been thinking about how they are able to cope.

She said: "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 thinking about the Malaysian students who are studying here in the UK or in the US and how they are coping ever...

Posted by Zarith Sofiah Idris on Thursday, 20 August 2015


The Perak-born royal also acknowledged her privilege in the post.

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

She added: "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?"

This is not the first time she has been concerned about education and students.

She had previously set up the Raja Zarith Negeri Johor Foundation to raise funds for diverse educational programs.

Source: The Malay Mail Online