Some people are blocking donations to TARUC, says MCA

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

GEORGE TOWN: The MCA has claimed that some people are blocking the donation to Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC).

Its vice-president, Datuk Tan Teik Cheng, said the Chinese community should not bow to such political intimidation, but to continue to actively assist the development of the University College and Chinese schools.

Tan, however, did not name the "hidden hands".

"The Chinese community should be united and must not take each other down.

"Don't support any political party that marginalises the Chinese community," he said in a statement.

Tan, who is also Penang MCA chairman, also questioned the travelling ban on former Penang Chinese Clan Council (PCCC) chairman, Dr Anthony Chang.

Chang was stopped by the Immigration Department on May 9 at the Penang International Airport, when he was trying to board a flight to Bangkok.

He had been told he had been blacklisted by the Inland Revenue Board for owing RM2.4mil in income tax.

Tan said Dr Chang was a guest speaker at a political talk on 'Pakatan Harapan’s failed election promises' organised by Penang MCA on May 9.

He said Dr Chang also donated RM500,000 to TARUC that night.

"As a result, he was blacklisted that night and banned from leaving the country. Was it a coincidence?

"If you say it was a coincidence, I believe many people would not buy it,” he said.

Chang was in the limelight two years ago with his dispute on the PCCC building with then-Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on the transfer of the heritage property at 50 Love Lane.

The state said it would transfer the property to PCCC, if it could show proof that it was the rightful owner.

The property is believed to be historically connected to a powerful Chinese society in the 1800s, called Ghee Hin, and was mired in trust problems, as all the trustees died without transferring their duties to the younger generation.

The issue had since been solved, with Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow transferring the property to the PCCC last year.


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