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Malaysia's food banks help feed hungry undergrads

One programme alone has benefited 40,000 students in the past few years

KUALA LUMPUR • Ms Nor Nadrah Ahmad is a first-year accounting student at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), a public university in Shah Alam, Selangor's state capital.

For her meals, transport and occasional stationery purchases, the 19-year-old from the northern state of Kedah gets by on only RM25 (S$8) a week. This is besides her student loan, which covers only her tuition fees and lodging.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2019, with the headline 'Malaysia's food banks help feed hungry undergrads'. Print Edition | Subscribe