KUANTAN: University students who received the 1Malaysia Book Voucher (BB1M) were grateful for the timely gift. Many rushed to the bookstores here yesterday to buy books and stationery.

They were also happy that the amount had been increased to RM250 this year. Many are hoping it could be raised further, especially science stream students.

“It’s a timely gift as many of us have to buy books for the new semester. Engineering books are expensive as each locally published book can cost RM80. Imported ones are priced above RM100,” said Abdul Na’em Suhaime, 22, of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).

The third year Chemical Engineering student and UMP Student Representatives’ Council president said the recipients would also use the vouchers to buy stationery, including stationery, files and note books.

R. Tivenasuresa, a first-year engineering student from UMP said he would use the voucher to buy reference books for the second semester.

“We require more books from the second semester on, and the money given by the government would help ease our financial burden,” said the 19-year-old son of an electrician from Semambu here.

Chee Lok Yee, 21, Computer Science student from Kampar, Perak, said the government should increase the amount of BB1M further as it would allow the students to buy more books and stationery in future.

Na’em, Tivenasuresa and Lee were among 8,531 UMP students who received BB1M vouchers from Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday.