Wee: MCA’s focus on TAR UC grant

  • Nation
  • Monday, 24 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA will not comment on speculation of a possible split in Pakatan Harapan, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“It is none of my business as we are not part of the coalition. I will look after my party.

“Pakatan is the government. So, it is their problem.

“They already had the presidential council meeting, so it is up to their leaders (to sort it out), ”

the MCA president told reporters after attending the Federal Territories MCA Chinese New Year open house in Danau Kota, Setapak, yesterday.

But Dr Wee said that according to media reports, it gave the impression that there was more to the three-hour council meeting.

He said MCA leaders were more focused on meeting Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the matching grant for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC).

“For the past few days, we have been preparing for this meeting, ” he said.

A delegation of party representatives will meet Dr Mahathir in Putrajaya today.

Present at the open house were deputy president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon, Youth chief and Federal Territories MCA chief Nicole Wong and party central committee member Chan Quin Er.

Former MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Wangsa Maju MCA division chief Ng How Doo were also present.

In Budget 2019 tabled in Parliament in November 2018, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng cut off the development expenditure (or RM1-for-RM1 matching grant) for TAR UC, which in the past had received between RM30mil and RM60mil in matching grant annually from the ministry.

It was the first time in 50 years that TAR UC, which was set up in 1969 by MCA to cater to Chinese students deprived of opportunities to enter public universities, was denied this funding.

In the latest Budget 2020 tabled last October, not only was the matching grant for TAR UC not reinstated, its development fund was also slashed from RM5.5mil to a mere RM1mil.

MCA maintained that the TAR UC management would continue to request for the matching grant of up to RM60mil per year, which the Federal Government had agreed to since 2013.

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