KUALA LUMPUR: It is shocking that not a single sen has been allocated to Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARC) under Budget 2018, the DAP’s Rasah MP Teo Kok Seong said.
He said this was especially difficult to comprehend as TARC was an MCA-founded institution, and had been receiving allocations prior to this.
He said TARC was allocated RM60 million in 2015, RM51 million in 2016 and RM30 million in 2017, but was not allocated a single sen in the 2018 Budget.
“As a former student of TARC, I feel extremely disappointed by this,” he said at a press conference in parliament here today.
He said although he was not from the MCA, he felt the need to ask the government why it had excluded the institution from funding.
“It is sad that no MCA leader has publicly spoken out about this. It is impossible that all MCA leaders, ministers and deputy ministers do not know about the exclusion, which required me to bring it up in parliament.
“The top leadership of MCA has to answer why this exclusion has occurred without their knowledge. Have they not gone through Budget 2018?
“What is the use of the party having three ministers and three deputy ministers if they fail to ensure the college that they founded receives funding from the federal government?” asked Teo.
Education Minister Idris Jusoh, when asked about the exclusion, said the government would look into the matter.