PETALING JAYA: Proof has been provided that payments made by the previous government was channeled directly into the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) account and not MCA's, says party president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).
“There have been no cases of embezzlement of funds or breaches of trust for the past 50 years and TAR UC has progressed. Its tuition fees are among the lowest but the education is of a quality on par with other private higher learning institutions in Malaysia, ” said Dr Wee.
He also questioned how funds can be embezzled, as TAR UC was administered by a Board of Governors which consisted of trustees, the Institution of Engineers former president, the TAR UC academic representative and president, two TAR UC alumni leaders and representatives from the Education Ministry and the Finance Ministry.
“How can TAR UC funds be embezzled so easily? It is ridiculous. It is as if (Finance Minister) Lim Guan Eng does not trust the representatives from the Education and Finance Ministries, ” added Dr Wee.
He added that Lim had hurled accusations towards TAR UC and MCA, even using his position as a Cabinet minister to appear on TV interviews to make various claims.
“I’ve asked him for a debate but he dares not do so, ” he said.
Wee added that it is odd that the RM40mil government allocation for TAR UC was being channeled through an alumni association and not the institution’s owner, adding that under Act 555, the owner of TAR UC was the TARC Education Foundation.
"As said by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, it is very odd that government funds are being channelled to TAR UC through its alumni association," said Dr Wee.
He also questioned whether Lim is confused about his roles when handling the TAR UC issue, saying that he has issued statements on the issue in his capacity as the DAP secretary-general despite his calls for politics and education to be separated.
“Guan Eng has his 'politics and education must be separated' theory, but the question is who is politicising the issue? Isn’t it weird when press statements are issued by the DAP secretary-general to respond to TAR UC issues?
“Is he confused about his position as a minister and as his party’s secretary-general?” asked Dr Wee in a Facebook post on Thursday (Dec 12).
Dr Wee also said that Lim only announced that the government had approved an allocation of at least RM30mil annually for TAR UC in November after Pakatan lost in the Tanjung Piai by-elections.
Lim however said this will happen only if the funds were allocated to a trust fund managed by the Tunku Abdul Rahman Alumni Association (TAA), which will have the trust fund set up at the end of this month.
The previous Barisan Nasional administration had allocated a total of RM1.353bil for TAR UC for about 50 years since its inception, and TAR UC has now produced 200,000 graduates, said Dr Wee.