During the debate on the Ministry of Education, I brought up the issue of a Chinese Primary School, which was just approved in principle by the Ministry. I asked the Deputy Minister of Education, Datuk Wee Ka Siong, the following questions:
1. Since the Ministry has just recently approved the setting up of a Chinese primary school in Wangsa Maju, when will the construction works for the said school commence?
2. Whether the Government will bear all the cost for building the school.
The Deputy Minister, YB Datuk Wee Ka Siong replied as follows:
1. The construction works for the school cannot commence because the Ministry is still looking for a suitable piece of land.
2. As for the cost of construction of the school, it all depends on the type of school.
During the 12th General Election campaign, the MCA Candidate, Datuk Yew Teong Look (YTL), a strong supporter of Datuk Ong Ka Ting, was quoted in the press to have said that “a ministerial position is waiting for him”. He also adopted the theme for his election saying: “YTL IS HERE, THE CHINESE SCHOOL IS HERE.”
From the above clarification by the Deputy Minister of Education, the setting up of the Chinese school in Wangsa Maju was only approved in principle but there was no definite plan to build it.
What further added to the truth of the matter was the fact that YTL had personally admitted in a recent Chinese press report that the Ministry had yet to grant any approval for the setting up of a Chinese school in Wangsa Maju.
In other words, it is now clear that what YTL had promised was merely an election gimmick.
Fortunately, the voters did not buy YTL’s gimmick and saw through the ruse otherwise they will be greatly disappointed.
YTL must clarify whether he had collected any public donation for this so-called Wangsa Maju’s Chinese primary school. If he had, he must now make public whether the donation is kept in a fixed deposit account in a bank.
A few years ago, YTL was reported to have thrown chairs during a MCA Youth meeting. Since that incident, YTL rose rapidly in MCA and the BN body. Consequently after the 2004 General Election (where YTL won the Wangsa Maju seat with about 10,800 votes), Datuk Ong Ka Ting made him a Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of FT.