PONTIAN: Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the Tanjung Piai by-election Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng has questioned the government’s decision to stop approving funds for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC).
Wee said it was the government’s responsibility to ensure that the institution was able to operate and benefit young minds.
“The government has been funding the institution for years, why does it stop now? What is its agenda?
“This is an institution that provides invaluable human capital for the country’s future. It is for our children, ” he said, adding that MCA would not break ties with TAR UC.
Wee said priority should be to give students the opportunity to education and whether or not MCA was linked to TAR UC was not the issue.
He said this when asked to comment on Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s statement that the government would only resume its funding to TAR UC when it was no longer run by MCA.
Wee made the comments during his walkabout at the taxi terminal here, where he spent about 30 minutes mingling with the drivers.
Founded by MCA, TAR UC began as TAR College in 1969 before it was upgraded to university college status in 2013.
MCA leaders have maintained that the party has never politicised the institution nor interfered with its management.