Sekijang MP Anuar Abd Manap did not get his facts right before criticising MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon for rejecting the "partial disbursement" of public funds for Chinese primary schools, said MCA Youth vice-chairperson Nicole Wong.
Wong said there were conflicting accounts on what happened to the RM50 million, meant for the maintenance and development of Chinese schools.
She said the Finance Ministry had claimed that the funds were already disbursed to the the Education Ministry, while Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid had confirmed that budget cuts had reduced accessibility to the funds.
"There is an inconsistency between the remarks by the Education Minister as well as the Finance Minister II. As an MP, Annuar should perform his duties and get the cabinet minister to act with accountability.
"Instead, he chose the easy way out of attacking Chong. It is obvious that Annuar is simply confused and does not comprehend the full responsibilities of an elected representative," said Wong.
Chong, who is also deputy education minister, had said on Friday that MCA Youth will not accept the "partial disbursement" of what was allocated by Putrajaya.
This led Anuar, an Umno Youth exco member, to criticise Chong for expecting lump sum payments and that the schools will be able to access the funds eventually. Anuar also criticised Chong for his "insolent" behaviour.
Last week, Mahdzir confirmed that the RM50 million could not be accessed in full and advised Chinese schools to "take what is available".
However, Tamil schools are not in the same boat. It is uncertain if other types of schools have difficulties accessing the maintenance fund, which was supposed to amount to RM500 million for 2016.- Mkini