By Neville SpykermanSHAH ALAM, April 13 — Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim today accused the MCA president of “lying” and trying to “exploit” the issue of land available for Chinese schools in the state ahead of the Hulu Selangor by-election.
While debating the Royal Address, Ng hit out at Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek for claiming that five new Chinese schools, planned by the Education Ministry, could not be built due to land issues which have not been solved by the Selangor government.
“This is a lie because all land reserved for schools, irrespective of whether they are national or vernacular, had been surrendered to a land bank managed by the Education Ministry,” the DAP politician told the state assembly, adding the state no longer has jurisdiction over such land.
“If MCA fails to get the Education Ministry to approve new schools from the land bank, it’s a failure on the part of the party,”
He pointed out MCA had representatives in the federal government and that its youth chief was also the deputy education minister.
“The MCA president should not have twisted the facts just to win the by-election,” Ng added.
He also took exception to Dr Chua’s accusation that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) did not have a mechanism to address the issue, pointing out that Barisan Nasional (BN) had not solved the problem in the last 50 years.
“I challenge him to show us the sites of the five schools which could not be built.”
Ng also said the state government would consider giving approvals within 24 hours upon receiving written requests for the five sites, if indeed the land had not already been transferred to the ministry.
He pointed out that Dr Chua, having been a minister, should know about administrative procedures between Federal and state governments.
“I urge him to do his homework before making unsubstantiated claims,” Ng said.