PETALING JAYA: The Tarcian Alumni Association Education Trust Fund's (TAA-ETF) demand for the full staff list of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) is shocking, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
"In their correspondence, TAA-ETF only mentioned spending the allocation on scholarships and bursaries for students but never mentioned distributing funds to the staff," the MCA president said
"So it came as a shock when the TAA-ETF suddenly demanded a staff list at its press conference Monday (Jan 20) for the distribution of appreciation awards," Dr Wee said in a Facebook post Tuesday (Jan 21).
He claimed that the content of official correspondence and what transpired at the press conference was very different, asking if this was because of "political demands" of Lim Guan Eng.
He noted that the TAR UC management is bound by the Personal Data Protection Act, which prevented it from revealing the staff list.
"If TAA-ETF is sincere in donating to TAR UC, it only needs to confirm the number of staff and transfer the amount of money to TARC Education Foundation.
"Why does it need the list of its staff?" Dr Wee asked.
"If it doesn't have any confidence in TAR UC management, why does it still want to distribute funds to the staff selected by its management?" he added.
Dr Wee continues to raise concerns that the allocation from the Government was not being channelled to TAR UC but was being spent at the discretion of TAA-ETF.
"Is this in compliance with Government procedure?" he further asked.
He said that the manner in which the operating expenditure was being used by Pakatan Harapan through the TAA-ETF also raised the question if other public and private education institutions could demand for appreciation awards from the Government.
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