KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has questioned why the Finance Ministry decided to channel a RM40mil allocation for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) to an alumni association.
Party vice-president Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (pic) alleged that the allocation of the grant was in bad faith, targeting MCA and victimising TAR UC.
He noted that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced the allocation in November, right after the ruling coalition's defeat at the Tanjung Piai by-election.
"Lim's announcement came after (Barisan Nasional's) 15,000-majority win at Tanjung Piai. This reeks of bad intentions and politics," the senator said at the Dewan Negara in an undated video.
The video was posted on Facebook on Friday (Dec 13).
He said the Chinese community was not foolish and could not be deceived repeatedly by such actions.
Ti added that TAR UC was set up to address the demands of the Chinese community for tertiary education, as some were not able to enter public universities due to the quota system.
He said MCA had never dipped into the coffers of TAR UC as it was set up to cater to students from low-income backgrounds.
"For many years, TAR UC has operated in a professional and transparent manner, and nurtured over 200,000 graduates.
"After the by-election, there was a sudden announcement about an RM40mil allocation to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Alumni Association (TAA), which has the fewest members, the shortest history and assets of only RM10,000.
He also raised concerns about the setting up of the trust fund managed by the TAA, and questioned whether the new fund would be superseding the institution's original management team.