nothing is free

August 16, 2009

PETRONAS made an ad listing out names of people in the Star newspaper today.

I thought it was a list of people who’ve made outstanding performances or won some awards or something.

I looked closely and realised it was the opposite.


They were actually names of people who have not paid off their student loans!!

For PETRONAS to reveal their identities in such an embarrassing way, it must be a very serious case. I doubt this was the first or second warning. I’m sure they’ve tried to contact these people countless times, but to no avail.

Dodging payment is one thing. But how can you have a blessed career out of a sponsored education, when you haven’t paid your dues? It’s nice enough that a company was willing to sponsor you, so you should show appreciation by fulfilling your obligations towards them; whatever the terms of the contract stated.

I know some people might not afford to pay or have financial problems, but keeping mum about it is not the smartest thing to do. At least let PETRONAS know your predicament, so both parties can work out something sensible.