PETALING JAYA: The silence of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry over an application to include four non-MCA professionals as Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) board of trustees members is raising concerns.
In a Facebook post on Thursday (Dec 19), MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) said the application was submitted more than two months ago.
"In order to maintain peace, TAR UC board of trustees has since submitted the names of four professionals without political backgrounds to be new board members.
"However, the Government has yet to approve the application even though it has been more than two months," he said.
Here is Dr Wee's English version of the post, in full:
As the president of MCA, I hereby confirm that TAA Education Trust Fund (TAA ETF) founding directors Datuk Yap Kuak Fong and Datuk Chan Wah Kiang and its CEO cum former TAR UC president Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok are all MCA members.
At the same time, I also confirm that the four individuals, namely Professor Tan Sri Ir Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Datuk Khoo Chin Guan, Datuk Roger Tan and Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo are all non-MCA members. The application to include them as the new members of TAR UC Board of Trustees is still pending approval from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
Since last year, Lim Guan Eng had said the 50% of the TAR UC Board of Trustees must be made up of independent members. All the while, the official definitions for "independent" or "non-related" have been very clear; they mean non-family members or non-employer and employee relationship or no business relationship. After the controversy on the allocation for TAR UC started, the definition of "independent" or "non-related" became 50% of its Board of Trustees members must not be the members of its Education Foundation.
When I use the example of Perdana Leadership Foundation, set up by Tun Dr Mahathir, to question why its Board of Trustees members are also the members of its education foundation; until now Lim Guan Eng still dare not reply to this question. In order to maintain peace, TAR UC Board of Trustees has since submitted the names of four professionals with no political background to become the new Board of Trustees members. However, the Government has yet to approve the application even though it has been more than two months.
From December this year onwards, Lim Guan Eng has started to change its tune, which is for TAR UC to have no relationship with any political parties; this is very strange.
Since when did the Malaysian Federal Constitution or the law has prohibited people with political inclination or people who are members of certain political parties to be the trustee members of non-profit organisations? The answer is NO!
It is even weirder when Lim Guan Eng said that he does not mind Yap Kuak Fong, Chan Wah Kiang and Tan Chik Heok being MCA members so why should MCA mind? Haha, I wonder what principles does Lim Guan Eng have? Those party members who are close to you are OK but those who are not is not fine with you?
Looks like Lim Guan Eng is truly bothered by the four non-MCA members who are recommended to be the TAR UC's new members of the Board of Trustees as until now the Pakatan Harapan government is still yet to approve the application to have the four of them appointed as new trustee members. On the other hand, Lim Guan Eng seems to not be bothered by the fact that those who set up TAA ETF, namely Yap Kuak Fong, Chan Wah Kiang and Tan Chik Heok, are all MCA members.
According to Lim Guan Eng's logic, it is clear that "it will be ok as long as it pleases him."