KUALA LUMPUR: MCA will not cut ties with Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC), says party president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“We will not cut ties with TAR UC. We will not give up too, even if the Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng decides not to allocate funds for the college university’s operating expenditure,” he told reporters after the MCA presidential council meeting on Wednesday (Nov 28).
“Lim should not divert attention. The main issue on TAR UC was due to the Finance Ministry’s decision to not allocate operating expenditure for TAR UC.
"But Lim has made it as if it was MCA’s fault, diverting the attention to whether MCA should cut ties with TAR UC or not,” he said.
“We are not asking for more, we are just asking for what we deserve,” he added.
Dr Wee said for over 50 years, the Government has never stop allocating funds for TAR UC's operating expenditure.
“When TAR college attained its university-college status in 2013, the Cabinet proceeded with its financial assistance for TAR UC with a matching grant capped at RM60mil a year,” he stressed.
“MCA played an important role when the college was founded. MCA leaders and members have been contributing all these years, they helped whenever the college needed funds. These are the contributions that cannot be erased,” he said.
Dr Wee said MCA will find ways to ensure TAR UC continues to provide affordable, good quality higher education for all.
“TAR UC has been doing well with a proven track record as it was run professionally by the management team. MCA did not bring politics into the college. It is the higher institution outside of UK that has the best scores for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA),” he added.
Lim had insisted MCA break off ties with both institutions before the government provides more allocation for the two institutions.
He had announced that the government would only allocate a RM5.5mil development fund for TAR UC, instead of a RM30mil matching grant.