KUALA LUMPUR: Maintain the RM30mil matching grant for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC), Wanita MCA tells Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
“He received 95% of the Chinese votes but now he is cutting the allocation for TAR UC of which 95% of the students are Chinese. This is disappointing,” said its chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie.
“Just because TAR UC is founded by MCA, Lim is cutting the funds? Please don’t love MCA so much,” she said sarcastically in her concluding speech at the 43rd Wanita MCA annual general meeting on Saturday.
She also suggested Beruas MP Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham or Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming -both from DAP - to replace Lim as finance minister.
Heng said Lim has put most of his attention on MCA, neglecting his real job scope which is to manage the economy of the country.
“Ngeh has assets worth RM80mil. It shows that he is a good in creating wealth. I think he can be a good finance minister. Nga Kor Ming is another good choice too, who has a high net worth,” the wing’s chief said in her concluding speech at the 43rd Wanita MCA annual general meeting.
It was recently reported that Ngeh tops the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) asset declaration list, followed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has accumulated assets worth RM32mil.
Ngeh later claimed he is not the richest MP, saying “there are many more MPs who have assets worth hundreds of millions, if not billions. So my assets are much less compared to billions.”
As for education, Lim has recently insisted in Parliament that MCA break its ties with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and TAR UC before the government could provide more allocation for the two institutions.
Lim also announced RM5.5mil in development funds for TAR UC, saying that he could consider giving it more in the future if it severed ties with MCA, adding that education and politics should not mix.
Last year, TAR UC received RM30mil matching grants from the government.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong then slammed Lim for taking away government matching grant for TAR UC, saying matching grants were given every year to help meet its operating expenses, adding that it helped to keep the course fees low.
He also worried parents may have to fork out more for their children’s education at TAR UC without the matching grant from the government.
“It is very obvious that Pakatan is punishing TAR UC because of MCA. It did not take into consideration that TAR UC students mostly originate from Chinese middle and low-income families, “ Dr Wee had said.
Meanwhile, MCA Youth chief Nicole Wong Siaw Ting said the parental control style for the wing is a thing of the past, and that it is time to reform and do things differently.
“ Old and superficial ways of doing things and not having the right people to do the job are big mistakes committed
“We have to discard the old baggage in order to move foward,” she said at the 54th annual general assembly here Saturday.
Wong, 38, who won the Youth chief’s post last month is the first female to helm this 63-year-old male dominated wing.
Saying the wing would actively reach out to the young people, she spoke on her plans to go to colleges/universities or even schools for that matter .
“It is about getting the young people to do things for the young people.
“The MCA Youth will also provide more platforms for the Youth to voice out and debate on issues.
“There are many leaders overseas who came from such platforms . It gave them a chance to stand out and be noticed,” she said.