KUALA LUMPUR: Wee Ka Siong today railed against Putrajaya’s failure to allocate funds for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) — which was founded by MCA — saying the government should set aside political differences.
Wee, who is MCA president, also said the decision to not set aside funds for TAR UC was grossly unfair to its 28,000 students who come from very poor families.
He said despite the party having set up the institution in the 1960s, it never cared about political ideologies, noting that some of its alumni were now ministers in the Pakatan Harapan government.
This includes Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
“We put aside political rivalry.
“We never check the background of applicants and whether they will be supporting the Barisan Nasional in the future.
“Recruitment of students is not based on political inclinations.
“That is not our business who they or their parents support,” he said when met outside Parliament.
Last year, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng urged TAR UC and UTAR to cut ties with the party if they wanted to obtain government funding, arguing that politics and education should be separated.
Wee, who is Ayer Hitam MP, also scoffed at the RM50 million allocation set aside for vernacular schools.
He said during the Barisan Nasional’s time, the allocation for vernacular schools would range between RM50 to RM100 million.
Wee said that in the 2012 and 2013 budgets, RM100 million was set aside for Chinese and Tamil schools respectively.
“So (RM50 million) is no big deal. It’s the lowest allocation ever.”