MCA is barking up the wrong tree, they should train their guns on UMNO government for the refusal to recognize UEC certificate after telling the Chinese community that "the journey towards the realisation is only a mile away."

MCA Publicity Bureau Chairperson Chai Kim Sen has attacked Lim Guan Eng’s offer to sponsor Liow Tiong Lai a wheelchair to help him through the last mile as “uncouth behavior”.

Chai Kim Sen is barking up the wrong tree, MCA has time and again promise the Chinese community that the journey towards UEC recognition is only a mile away. Why is MCA taking so long to finish the last mile of journey?

Clearly Chai Kim Sen cannot understand a simple figure of speech of “wheelchair” and take the word literally. It simply means that the journey towards recognition of UEC has been stalling since MCA made the “last mile” promise.

I urge MCA to train their guns on UMNO government for their refusal to recognize UEC, a certificate which is equivalent to A-levels which is recognised by top international universities including California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Oxford University, University of Cambridge, University of Toronto, University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, University of Melbourne, Peking University and Kyoto University.

MCA must also explain to the Chinese community why the 10 new Chinese primary schools which was announced a day before the budget 2018 were not included in budget 2018? Who is going to fund the construction of these 10 schools?

Do the Chinese community need to fork out money again even after paying income taxes and GST? This is akin to triple taxing the Chinese community as the Chinese would need to pay for income tax, GST and “education tax”.

MCA must also explain why are there no allocation to Chinese Secondary schools and Chinese Independent schools in budget 2018. In budget 2013, a year before GE 13, Chinese Primary schools get an allocation of RM100 million while Chinese Secondary schools get RM30 million. This figure is slashed by half to RM50 million for Chinese Primary schools in budget 2018 while Chinese Secondary schools and Chinese Independent schools get nothing.

Media Statement by Chong Zhemin DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to MP Taping on the 29 October 2017

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