MCA president Wee Ka Siong has questioned the allocation of RM 40 million to the TARCian Alumni Association (TAA) Education Trust Fund, saying that it was not included in the Budget 2019.
He said the budget was neither from the ministry of education nor the ministry of finance, adding that even the symbolic funding of the ministry of education (nominal allocation) and even the administration funding program was completely cancelled.
“In fact, the RM 40 million was not in Budget 2019.
“Is such withdrawal of taxpayers’ money not in accordance with the protocol or the standard operating procedure (SOP)?
Yesterday, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, at a press conference with TAA, announced the transfer of the allocation to the trust fund for the benefit of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) and its students.
Wee said the government had been channelling both the operating and development expenditures to TAR UC in the last 50 years through the Education Ministry.
“The RM 5.5mil development fund that was announced under Budget 2019 and has been transferred to the account of TAR UC in May and July was also under the ministry.
“With the Education Ministry responsible for the development expenditure and Finance Ministry in charge of operating expenditure, this is something that had never happened before,” he added.
Wee was asking if the finance ministry had gone beyond its jurisdiction by bypassing the education ministry.
He said he would not question the source of the funding if the allocations meant to benefit the students.
18th December 2019 15:22