PETALING JAYA: The Opposition's promise of providing free education for all is a “sham”, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He said no country in the world could provide free education to all its citizens.
“Lim Guan Eng's government is a fake one if it can promise that everyone can get an education. It is a sham,” he said during the debate.
Dr Chua was replying to a written question posed by the audience asking about MCA's national education policy for all races to generate competent citizens.
Dr Chua said MCA was in the midst of setting up a vocational training institute because it wanted to train technically-skilled people.
He also dismissed Lim's statement that MCA established Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College as it had failed to fight for non-Malay students who did not get places in public universities.
“While we have trained 200,000 talented people (through TAR College), your chief minister says it is shame on us,” Dr Chua said, adding that MCA had a responsibility to complement what the Federal Government was doing.
To a question about regaining the support of urban voters, he said DAP liked to incite the Chinese by telling them that they were marginalised.
“But if you look at the statistics, the Chinese still have the highest household income and property ownership compared to the other races. Poverty is also lowest among the Chinese,” Dr Chua said.
On another matter, he challenged DAP to contest in a multi-racial constituency instead of vying for seats in Chinese-dominated areas.
”MCA may be a mono-ethnic party but our party constitution is clear we protect the legitimate interest and rights of all according to the Federal Constitution,” he said.
He also asked why DAP did not have an Indian state chairman if it claimed to be multi-racial.
During the debate, Dr Chua hit out at DAP for keeping silent over allegations that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had stashed RM3bil in foreign accounts.
He pointed out that DAP and its Pakatan Rakyat allies could not even agree on a common party logo and had yet to register as a party.
On the privatisation of the Penang Port, Dr Chua, who is Penang Port Commission chairman, said all ports that were privatised were doing well, citing Port Klang and the Tanjung Pelepas port as examples.
He insisted that Penang Port was still a feeder port and the Penang state government should thank the Government for privatising it and increasing its productivity.
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