KUALA LUMPUR: The Finance Ministry’s allocation procedure for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) continues to draw public concern.
This follows the RM40mil announcement by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to be allocated to the trust fund managed by the TARCian Alumni Association (TAA), said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“He just announced whatever allocation (according to) his whims and fancies. When he is happy, he will just increase another RM10mil, but the crux of the matter all this while is the procedure (of the allocation).
“It was not even listed in Budget 2019 or Budget 2020. This is the first, procedural-wise, that people have questioned. Many MPs have also questioned, ” Dr Wee told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
The Ayer Hitam MP also said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik had failed to answer the questions he raised on the matter while winding up the debate on Budget 2020.
Dr Wee said Pakatan Harapan had probably “learnt its lesson” after its loss in the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election last month.
“But of course, this RM40mil is not the direct grant given to TAR UC. Now, you bypass the university itself and give it to an NGO.
“I don’t know how they are going to disburse the money, but it should not be construed as the matching grant that they (government) had promised to TAR UC.
“This is entirely different from what was promised, ” he added.
Dr Wee said he had no objection if the funds were disbursed to help students but the issue of the matching grant to the varsity remained unanswered.
It was reported that a total of RM60mil in government matching grants had yet to be given to TAR UC.
Lim had said that he would only give TAR UC the grants if the institution severed ties with MCA.
In a statement yesterday, Lim said the RM40mil would be allocated to TAA when the trust fund was approved, expected by the end of December.
Previously, Lim had announced an allocation of at least RM30mil annually for the trust fund for the benefit of TAR UC and its students.
However, for 2019, Lim said it would allocate RM40mil.