Lim Guan Eng’s bullyboy tactics using TAR-UC - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Monday, October 14, 2019
Malaysiakini : "They try to make themselves the victims when they are actually the culprits.” – Lim Guan Eng
| Some of you may find the above quote funny, coming from a DAP
politician. Playing the victim card and then deflecting had been an
effective strategy for the DAP when they were in the “opposition” -
until they become the establishment. I have no idea why the Tunku
Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) needs to be an “independent
education institution” before it gets government funding. The DAP – and
let us be clear, this is a DAP/MCA squabble – has not made it clear how
MCA, owning TAR UC, is detrimental in any way or, how TAR UC, as an
independent institution, would better serve the Malaysian community. For
instance, is the MCA using TAR UC as a propaganda organ?
The MCA/DAP TAR UC squabble is politics at its pettiest, and for
non-Malay political discourse, extremely chilling. When the finance
minister says this, "Your time is up, your time is over. Let it be run
as an educational institution," it is unnerving at the viciousness and,
yes, BN-style rhetoric coming from a politician of this so-called 'New
Malaysia'. It would seem that the DAP wants to destroy the legacy of the
MCA as a means to form a new narrative about "Chinese" education in
It also demonstrates that non-Malay politicians are
still cannibalising each other to the detriment of their communities,
while their Malay counterparts do everything in their power to secure
the best deal for their community. Welcome to Neo Malaysia, where
everything old is new again.
“Your time is up, your time is over”
is the kind of nonsense that will be the downfall of the DAP. This
winner takes all nonsense in a political landscape where Malay power
structures are battling each other for every slice of the pie is
problematic, to say the least. The Malaysians who voted for change have
to be content with watching the same old games being played by
politicians who mendaciously tell us that such games are over. For
Malay political power structures, it is axiomatic that they would take
over the reins of the politically-connected entities of the vanquished.
This is how things work in the mainstream politics of Malaysia.
the DAP is telling us that it still wants to destroy the MCA, and
collateral damage be damned, even though it claims that the MCA is
"finished". No, Mr Finance Minister, the same – lacking empathy
for poor Chinese students – cannot be applied to the MCA, because the
DAP is part of the federal government, controls the purse strings and is
in a position of power. Claiming that the same could be applied to the
MCA is hogwash. Lim Guan Eng is withholding government funds and using
the excuse of not using taxpayers money for politically-owned
organisations as a fig leaf.
an education establishment, like UITM – a bumiputera only one – gets
all the funding it needs, TAR UC has to contend with the political
machinations of the DAP using “government funding“ as window dressing to
carry on a petty political dispute with an adversary it claims has no
power or influence in the Chinese community.
What is the finance
minster's take on funding bumiputera-only institutions or any of the
myriad other organisations that benefit political parties of Harapan,
but which do not have direct links with political parties in Harapan?
The running dog and attack dog narrative of Malay power structures is
writ large in the actions of the DAP.
Do the people have any
objections to taxpayers' money going to TAR UC? Does anyone object that
TAR UC, an education institution which by all accounts is doing good
work for the community, is aided by federal funds, even though it is
owned by an opposition party?
Think of it this way. Supposing the
DAP created an education establishment and this was a great service to
the non-Malay community, specifically the Chinese community, and they
lost the election, and the new government decided to withhold funds?
Would this be something that the DAP could live with? Or would they be
up in arms claiming the government lacks empathy for the Chinese poor?
year, during the tabling of the 2019 budget where Lim's ministry cut
funding for TAR UC, he warned the MCA not to increase fees because they
did not do it when the funding was decreased during Umno's time - “When
we cut RM24.5 million, why is MCA talking about increasing tuition fees?
Why is it when BN cut more, you (MCA) never increased (tuition fees),
but when we cut less, you talk about increase? “This is an
act of political vengeance. So, we want to remind MCA not to play this
kind of game by sacrificing the students or else we will take action to
protect the interest and rights of the students.”
years the DAP labelled the MCA as eunuchs for Umno. The propaganda was
they could not do anything for the Chinese community, and they could not
do anything when Umno cut off funding for TAR UC, even though poor
Chinese students were “punished”. Now, it seems for political
reasons – the destruction of the MCA – the DAP wants to assume the role
of Umno in cutting funding for TAR UC, and they ask why MCA is
objecting. I guess the DAP wants the MCA to be eunuchs for them too.
is vindictive politics. Besides, what business is it of Finance
Minister Lim if fees are increased because of a lack of federal funding?
This is Trump-like behaviour. Starting a fight, then promising more
trouble when the opponent reacts.
When Lim asks the MCA to
relinquish control of the educational institute they founded, how does
this control translate to political interference? What exactly does the
MCA do with TAR UC that is mala fide to the students?
Lim asked, "Otherwise, if DAP sets up a school today, Umno the following
day, and thereafter PAS, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) and Parti Pribumi
Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu)... do we give to everyone?“
mendacious. Bersatu does not have to set up any school. They have
inherited everything from Umno. Now they have to ensure that these
“Malay” institutions and other legacies are well funded and continue
enabling institutions which they believe will get them the votes.
Amanah, meanwhile, has its hands, courtesy of Harapan's religious czar Mujahid Yusof Rawa (above), on the vast religious bureaucracy, another institution of political and social power.
DAP, as part of federal power, dares not trespass into any of these
domains. The DAP, as part of state and federal governments, happily
funds Islamic organisations and other proxies of Malay power, but
displays bully tactics against its own community’s interest through its
vicious, vindictive fight with the MCA.
My advice the DAP: at a
time when the far-right and the deep Islamic state is throwing
everything but the kitchen sink at the non-Malays, stop using
institutions like TAR UC – institutions of non-Malay economic and social
progress (which do not discriminate against the Malays) – for political
gain. You have won.
The only injured party in this squabble are
the students of TAR UC. Who controls this educational institute is not
important. What is important is that it remains a symbol, more
importantly, an avenue for non-Malays who have enough hurdles, funded by
the government, thrown their way.
I am sure the plutocrat class
will fund TAR UC, despite what the federal government does, which at
least points to the pragmatism of the business elite.
The DAP’s lack of magnanimity, forward-thinking and imagination will slowly devour its base.