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UTAR & TAR UC : DAP Lim Guan Eng Ought To Be Ashamed Of Himself For Politicising Education – Students From Chinese New Village & B40 Families Suffered

Institutions have always been apolitical, contradictory to what the shameless Finance Minister believes

Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng ought to be ashamed of himself for politicising the higher learning institution — UTAR and TAR UC. MCA, through our initiatives, founded these two prestigious institutions in an effort to provide a better education and equal opportunities to all Malaysians regardless of class and creed. In fact, some DAP leaders have also benefited from MCA’s efforts and now hold portfolios in the Cabinet.

To think that the Finance Minister has chosen to punish these two institutions, based purely on their connections to MCA, is both unthinkable and discriminatory. As a matter of fact, MCA has always kept both educational institutions clear of political elements.

It is unfortunate that Lim Guan Eng has now chosen to single out UTAR and TAR UC to gain political mileage and dish out petty political revenge; knowing fully well that both institutions are apolitical and has remained above the political fray. Such attributes contribute to their reputation as renowned educational centres.

“Boo…..shame on you, Mr Lim Guan Eng.” These were the words that popped in my mind when I first heard his smug justification on why the government had decided to butcher the operational allocation for TAR UC.

It is most disappointing to think that in order to score a one-up against MCA for nothing more than a massive ego boost, Lim Guan Eng would deliberately choose to hang the students of TAR UC out to dry. He would rather jeopardise their access to affordable and quality education; just so he can spite MCA and feel all high and mighty about it.

Lim Guan Eng, this is the education and the future of our young ones you are messing around with. In your desperation to pursue your personal vendetta against MCA, you would stoop as low as putting your personal interest above those of TAR UC students.

TAR UC was founded by MCA back in the year 1969, with the most noble and honourable of intentions — to provide accessible, affordable and quality tertiary education to ALL Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion AND political affiliations. Your fellow cabinet minister colleagues and member of parliaments seated alongside you today (in deafening silence – shame on all of them too!) are the proud products of TAR UC.

THEY are the living proofs; testament of the intentions of MCA. When it came to educating our future, MCA has made it a point to keep it above politics. It is YOU, Lim Guan Eng, who chose to hit below the belt and damned TAR UC, just so you could go to bed with a smirk on your face tonight.

It takes us 50 years to build TAR UC into what it is today, but it takes only one shameless Guan Eng to bring it down.

Source : Borneo Today

Guan Eng, stop playing politics on TAR UC issue

To Lim Guan Eng, let me tell you something straight. On the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) funding issue, you are wrong, wrong and wrong.

Like the Islamic practice of triple talaq in a divorce, it’s very serious when I declare you wrong three times. It means you are totally and absolutely wrong, no matter what reasons (or excuses) you give.

I have heard murmurs that you have turned very arrogant since you became the powerful finance minister but your personality is not something I wish to talk about here.

However, judging from what you have been spewing of late, including on this TAR UC issue, I believe your critiques were not way off. Don’t you think it’s time to come down from your high horse and stop being haughty?

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Dear finance minister, I almost threw up reading your statement yesterday, when you repeated your request to MCA to give up its political control of TAR UC.

I’m beginning to think that you are now very obsessed with punishing MCA after your hopeless Pakatan Harapan coalition was soundly thrashed in Tanjung Piai.

This is playing politics on an education matter and it is something I strongly abhor. Where education is concerned, let’s steer partisan politics far and wide.

Oh yes, despite your denial, the TAR UC funding issue was indeed a major factor why the Chinese turned against Harapan. Don’t ever think that the Chinese voters in Tanjung Piai have no brains, unable to distinguish between right and wrong.

The kopitiam towkays, pasar malam traders and shopkeepers were not blind to the multitude of Harapan’s broken promises since GE14. They acted wisely and in thunderous unison to send you, Guan Eng and your ilk in Harapan, the only message they know best – shape up or ship out!

For once, concede that your junior colleague, Teo Nie Ching, was right in admitting that the TAR UC issue was among the reasons why Chinese voters swung back to BN in the by-election.

Why am I on the MCA side on this TAR UC funding tussle? The answer is simple – it is the right and honourable thing to do.

In case the DAP thinks that I am connected to MCA in some ways, let me make this declaration.

I am a Sarawakian and not a member of any political party.

either I nor any family member have any link whatsoever with TAR UC or MCA.

On the other hand, I have more personal ties with current and former DAP leaders and am possibly more aware of how DAP operates.

I had met Lim Kit Siang, Lee Lam Thye, Chan Teck Chan, Chong Siew Chiang and others way back in 1979 when DAP set up its first branch in Sarawak.

I count the late DAP Bandar Kuching MP, Sim Kwang Yang, as a confidante and consider two other deceased Sarawak DAP lawmakers, Wong Sing Nang and Wong Ho Leng, good pals. Today, I am in regular contact with Sarawak DAP chairperson Chong Chieng Jen.

I am criticizing the DAP secretary-general today because I find his action and outbursts on TAR UC simply intolerable.

Yesterday, Guan Eng maintained that TAR UC can get up to RM60 million from the government if MCA relinquished its control over the institution.

“Once they give up (TAR UC), the money will be available and at least RM30 million annually,” the finance minister added.

What sort of language is this? Is this a kind of a bribe or is Guan Eng trying to pull a fast one on MCA? Has the finance minister turned into a big bully now that he is in charge of the nation’s coffers?

Let me pose: If the DAP has established a university and managed it for 50 years, would the party be prepared to let it go? I would like to know Guan Eng’s response.

I think the answer is obvious. So how can you expect the MCA to relinquish control of TAR UC, which is possibly the last bastion of what is left of the party’s pride and glory at this time?

I also have no confidence in the DAP to tackle education matters in the country. Where were the DAP leaders when the incompetent and extremist Education Minister Maszlee Malik kept goofing big time?

I dare not imagine what would happen to TAR UC if an idiot of a minister is put in charge of this respected institution.

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TAR UC is definitely in safer hands under MCA.

Source : MCO Sarawak

DAP LIM GUAN ENG HYPOCRISY OVER UTAR GRANTS

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (LGE) has asked the board of trustees of MCA-owned Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) to relinquish their posts if they want more government funding. Thus, UTAR which is ranked 2nd in Times Higher Education (THE) in Malaysia World University Rankings 2020 received only RM1 million under the 2020 Budget when it had previously received RM5.5 million for development. Lim said if MCA relinquishes its control over the institutions, Putrajaya will immediately reinstate funding of RM30 million for this year and next year.

“It is time to let them be run by professionals” he told reporters at the Parliament building today. Lim said this is in line with what Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also said, that public funds should be separated from politics. Lim said the PH government has to draw a line to ensure reforms. “If we cannot stand firm on this principle, then what can the new government do with reforms?” he asked. All this sounds very politically correct but is LGE consistent in his political correctness?

At the outset, let me put my cards on the table – I have never been an MCA supporter because I do not condone mono-ethnic political parties. I write as a committed educationist and social activist and I have also been the Principal of a community-funded tertiary institution, namely New Era College from 2000 to 2008.

Affordable tertiary education for the less well-off

For 50 years, TARUC received RM1.35 billion in matching grants but now not a single sen is given to TAR UC which is grossly unfair to its 28,000 students, who come from poor families.

In 1969, Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College was initiated by MCA and it was approved by the government as a quid pro quo for rejecting Merdeka University and a sop for the Chinese community as there was dire shortage of tertiary education institutions for poor and lower middle-class families from the Chinese community. The college was set up not only with the efforts of MCA but also donations from the Chinese community and Government grants. The college expanded impressively from then on and achieved university status in 2013 while receiving various academic awards. Its alumni stand at more than 200,000!

As the former Principal of New Era College, I know what it means for the less well-off to have a chance at tertiary education. I also have many friends and relatives who have benefited from a TAR College and University education. These include several DAP leaders, as well as Malay and Indian professionals. Its multi-ethnic enrolment policy is to be lauded despite the fact that the MCA is a mono-ethnic party.

Thus, on this issue of grants for TARUC, my sentiments are the same as those DAP MPs who, in November 2017 questioned the lack of funding for TARUC during the ministry’s budget 2018 wrap in the Dewan Rakyat.

The Higher Education Ministry subsequently clarified that RM30 million had been set aside for the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) in 2018. “For the year 2018, the allocation was not included in the ministry’s operational expenditure budget, but under the ministry’s management sector”.

So what has changed since 2017?

Now Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has slashed funds for the two UTAR and TARUC, providing a RM5.5mil development fund for UTAR and TAR UC but no matching grant, insisting that MCA breaks off ties with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) before the government provides more allocation for the two institutions.

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As a former College Principal, I know that such matching grants are vital for ensuring lower student fees at both institutions and so, benefit the less well-off. So, what has changed since DAP MPs objected to funds for TARUC and UTAR being cut in 2017? Haven’t these institutions been run in the same manner since they started in the sixties? Has the Finance Minister discovered some devious changes in these education institutions since GE14? Has he consulted his DAP leaders who have been graduates of TARUC and UTAR to find out if there are complaints of political meddling by the MCA? If he has not received any such complaints, then his curtailment of grants to the two institutions is plain meanness.

Time for institutions to be run by professionals?

It is laudable that LGE has said that our nation’s institutions should be run by professionals and not by political hacks. Didn’t the Harapan government promise us that if they captured power, reforms would include ending ethnically-based policies and there would be no political appointees to professional bodies such as GLCs? Today, Malaysia’s only sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional, has been channelled from the Finance Ministry to the Prime Minister’s Department, out of the control of the Finance Ministry. Furthermore, Rural and Regional Development Minister Rina Harun of Mahathir’s party, Bersatu, approved the appointment of politicians from her party to the boards of directors of GLCs under her control.

On Sept 1, 2018, at the Congress on the Future of Bumiputeras and the Nation, Mahathir stressed the need to reinstitute the practice of selective patronage, targeting bumiputeras. Did LGE voice any disagreement with the PM’s statement?

Professor Terence Gomez has commented:

“However, Harapan has refused to establish an independent committee to review this extremely complex GLC network that operates at the federal and state levels. Is this reluctance because Harapan plans to similarly employ GLCs for the practice of patronage, as recent trends suggest?”

Political correctness and statesmanship

If the Finance Minister really believes in political correctness, he should cut all grants to all educational institutions such as UiTM that practice racism and racial discrimination. Now that’s being truly principled and meets the conditions of ICERD that the DAP supports.

It’s time the PH leaders focus on the big picture and stop taking the old opposition stance when the MCA only has one MP in Parliament. If TARUC and UTAR are contributing toward helping the less well-off gain a degree and a better life, why put obstacles in their way? PH should be trying to outdo the BN by providing more assistance to all tertiary institutions that are contributing to our nation’s economy and educational progress, not cutting their grants that had been provided by the BN all these years.

To enable our less well-off Malaysian students the opportunity to access affordable tertiary education, I would hope that PH leaders learn to be statesmen rather than politicians. As James Freeman Clarke has said, “The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman thinks about the next generation.”

Hunter Thompson was more brutal:

“The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy—then go back to the office & sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece.”

Source : Suaram

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