PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has questioned if the RM30mil fund announced by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng for the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) was listed and approved under Budget 2019.
He said it is impossible that the RM30mil, that will be channelled to a proposed trust fund, was listed under Budget 2019.
“How can there be an allocation for RM30mil as promised by the Finance Minister be listed under the Budget?
“I had asked (Education Minister) Maszlee Malik if it was listed under management or development under the Education Minister (while debating Budget 2020 for the Education Ministry at the committee stage on Thursday).
“However, Maszlee who was wrapping up the debate for the Education Ministry, was also dumbfounded; he could not answer my points about TAR UC, ” he said in a Facebook posting yesterday.
Due to the lack of time for the minister to respond, Dr Wee said he had asked for a written reply from the ministry.
“Let’s wait for the response from the Pakatan Harapan government about (some) announcements by Lim that were not listed under Budget 2019 or Budget 2020, ” he added.
Dr Wee also questioned why the government had allowed the TAR UC trust fund (Tabung Amanah Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman) to be set up.
“Why is Pakatan allowing the establishment of the TAR UC trust fund when the real owners (pemilik sah) of TAR UC is the TARC Education Foundation which is in line with the Educational Institutions Act?
“Is this to overthrow the original owners of TAR UC?
“What is the motive?” he asked.
He also questioned why Lim was busy with matters that are under the Education Ministry.
“If the Finance Minister wants to give allocation to a non-governmental organisation like the TARCian Alumni Association, that is his right; however, it is not a matching grant that was promised by the government on Dec 5,2012.
“The government still needs to fulfil its obligations to TAR UC which is (to provide matching grant) of not more than RM60mil annually, ” added Wee.
Lim, in a letter dated Nov 28, announced the appointment of the trustee of the TAR UC trust fund.
Lim said the government will channel at least RM30mil a year to a proposed trust fund which will be managed by the Tunku Abdul Rahman Alumni Association (TAA) for the benefit of TAR UC and its students.