KUALA LUMPUR: There are plans to raise Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) to a higher level, says its board of governors chairman Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Regardless of the situation now, Liow said the board of governors planned to bring TAR UC to greater heights.
“The people are giving us their support, they are doing fundraising throughout the country, ” he said.
Liow said measures were put in place since TAR UC was set up to ensure politics and education remain separated.
He said when MCA set up TAR UC 50 years ago, its founders were clear on this.
“When the TAR UC Foundation was formed, there were many layers to shield education from politics, with the foundation members as the first layer, the board of trustees as the second layer and the board of governors as the third layer, ” said Liow.
The board of governors, the senior management and the principal are appointed based on their professionalism, he said.
“There is a clear-cut separation of politics and education in TAR UC, ” he said.
The former MCA president said TAR UC had yet to receive the RM40mil allocation from the Federal Government.
He claimed Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had created confusion and led the public into believing the government had given the funds to TAR UC.
“We did not receive such funds. Whatever funds given to another body is another matter, ” he said at a press conference after receiving a cheque for RM15,080 which was raised by Vtar Institute yesterday.
He said Lim, when campaigning in the 14th General Election, had promised Pakatan Harapan would continue to support TAR UC and its students if it formed the government.
“He made a U-turn and did not want to deliver... and he came up with the excuse that politics and education must be separated. This is an excuse he used to confuse the public, ” Liow claimed.
He also said the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) had sent TAR UC a letter on Jan 23,2019, stating that it had complied with all the laws in the country.
“But four months later, LHDN issued another letter saying we did not comply with the requirement that 50% of the board of trustees comprised independent trustees, ” he said.
Liow said MCA was committed to ensure that TAR UC complied with the law.
“We sent four independent trustees to the SSM (Companies Commission Malaysia), ” he said.
On Nov 22, Lim announced the reinstatement of a RM30mil allocation for TAR UC, which was raised to RM40mil on Dec 4 – with the condition that MCA must relinquish control of the university college.
He also said the grant would be channelled through a new trust fund to be operated by the TARCian Alumni Association (TAA), whose leadership is made up of former TAR UC students.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong on Dec 17 said that RM40mil channelled to TAA was not the same as giving the fund to TAR UC.
He said TAA and TAR UC (which legal owner is TARC Education Foundation) were two different entities and had nothing to do with each other.