MCA Deputy President, Mah Hang Soon uploaded a video on his official Facebook page recently, stating that politic and education should not be separated, the government should also give allocation for UTAR. The MCA seems to forget the consequence if we blurred the line between the politic and the education.
In 2017, the BN government had cancelled the new hospital plan in Kampar and announced that the government would cooperate with MCA-owned UTAR to establish a private hospital in Kampar.
It’s true that UTAR has never received government’s allocation but UTAR as well as TARUC is wholly owned and controlled by MCA. There is no separation between politics and education and this has led to the cancellation of the already announced Kampar public hospital, and the fund that was allocated to build the public hospital had been hijacked and misappropriated by the MCA to build a private hospital.
By referring to Perak Today, the Perak’s government website, the then Minister of Health, Liow Tiong Lai announced that the BN government would build a brand-new government hospital in Kampar and he also announced an allocation of RM 150 million.
Nonetheless, after the former MCA President Lim Liong Sik announced in 2014 about the UTAR’s plan to build a private hospital, BN government soon announced the cancellation of the Kampar government hospital. The RM 150 million allocation that was gratuitously announced by Liow Tiong Lai had also, vanished into thin air.
The then Deputy Health Minister announced in 2017 that the BN government, under the National Blue Ocean Policy (NBOS), would cooperate with the MCA-owned UTAR to build a private teaching hospital in UTAR. The then Perak Exco who was in charge of the health affairs at the time, revealed in the 2017 state assembly that, after UTAR decided to build its own private hospital, the BN government cancelled the Kampar government hospital plan and entered into a joint venture with UTAR to assist UTAR to establish its own private hospital.
According to the announcements made by the BN leaders from 2012 to 2017, it is believed that the MCA planned to misappropriate the RM 150 million public funding to build a private hospital for UTAR.
I personally do not oppose to the establishment of the UTAR private hospital for teaching purposes, but the MCA had cancelled the government hospital plan and misappropriated government’s allocation to build a private hospital for MCA-owned hospital. The MCA did not draw a line between politics and education and they had compromised the welfare of the people. This approach is morally wrong and it had violated the basic principle of separation of party and government.
Mah Hang Soon should explain why he cancel the Kampar government hospital plan and transferred the allocation for UTAR’s private hospital.
Fortunately, the people has changed the government in 2018. After I received the mandate as the Keranji assemblyman, I wrote a letter to the Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng to ask funding for a Kampar government hospital.
The Pakatan Harapan government had approved a 60-acre land for the government hospital. In the2020 budget, Lim Guan Eng had announced that RM 416 million will be allocated for the construction of a new hospital, which is the Kampar government hospital and a new clinic in another place.
Lim Guan Eng insisted on the separation of politics and education. The government’s funding could not be allocated to the MCA-owned UTAR to build a private hospital, and people in the Kampar should enjoy the service offered by the government hospital. We expect the construction of the Kampar government hospital this year.
_Media Statement by DAP Perak Publicity Secretary and Keranji State Assemblyman Chong Zhemin on 3 January 2020._