GEORGE TOWN: An MCA leader has come out guns blazing at Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng after he implied a Chinese school in Johor had received very little in donations despite being in a BN stronghold.
Ayer Hitam MCA division chairman Ling Tian Soon said it was “irresponsible” for Lim to shoot from the hip when he does not know much about Chinese schools in Johor.
Yesterday, Lim said he was “surprised” to be approached for donations from a senior staff member of a Chinese school in Yong Peng, where MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong is MP. Wee is also a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
“I would like to ask Lim if Chinese associations, schools and temples in Penang come to MCA ministers to request for allocations, can we then conclude that the Penang government is not doing enough for them then?
“If the head or any member of Yong Peng High School’s board of directors can ask Guan Eng for his assistance, and if the honourable chief minister is willing to help, then we in MCA will also be happy.
“However, why was it necessary to push down others in order to lift his (Lim’s) own image up?” Ling, who is MCA’s candidate for the Yong Peng state seat in the next polls, asked in a statement today.
Ling said it was shameful for Lim to “defame others” in an attempt to shift the attention from the undersea tunnel and roads issue in Penang which is under probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
He said it was best for Lim to focus on resolving problems at home, rather than commenting on matters which he does not know much about.
According to Ling, there are 40 schools of various types in the Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency.
He said the Yong Peng High School had received RM75,000 from Wee last year, not including subsidies and contributions to the school’s alumni association.
Ling said Wee actively contributed to the Yong Peng Taiwanese Students Association, which helps the Yong Peng High School to organise fund-raising events.
He said while Lim might not be aware of MCA’s contributions to the Ayer Hitam constituency, the people of Yong Peng are fully aware of the party’s contributions.
“Besides that, Wee has also helped Yong Peng High School secure a position as part of the Malaysian Chinese Educational Information Project 2017.
“This educational programme is estimated to cost over RM200,000 and has been fully funded by MCA, with the school not requiring to pay for any of the programmes or equipment.
“This can directly help enhance the quality of education in the long term.”
In Lim’s comment yesterday, he lamented that Chinese schools in Yong Peng had only received “tens of thousands of ringgit” in allocations, when the Penang government had allocated RM400,000 to RM500,000 each to independent Chinese schools in the state.
“A minister gets RM5 million in allocations a year. Opposition MPs do not get this. Now, if an MP is a minister, he should be getting at least RM10 million.
“So why can’t the MP give RM1 million to Chinese schools? Especially when it is in his constituency? Sadly, these schools only get several tens of thousands.” Lim was reported as saying.
Lim has been contacted for comment.