SPENDING RM507 for a bowl of curry mee may seem ridiculous, but birthday boy Tang Hiang Lye happily paid the sum to a hawker in Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
Tang, who turned 59 on Monday, said he was touched by Loke Thean Meng’s kind gesture of donating 10 sen from each bowl he sold toward Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC).
“It is merely a small contribution to support a worthy cause. I hardly celebrated my birthdays in the past, but this year, I feel satisfied giving this sum to help others, ” he said at Loke’s stall at Sure Win Cafe in Jalan Lembah Permai, Tanjung Bungah, on Monday.
Tang, who is Parti Rakyat Malaysia Penang chairman, said he also wanted to help TAR UC.
“I’m impressed by the seller’s initiative, who has come up with his own way to help TAR UC raise funds.“TAR UC is one of the more respectable educational institutions in the country. To many, it is an institution that helped shape graduates and contributed a lot to the country’s education scene.
“We must ensure that it is able to stay afloat amid difficult times, ” he added.
Loke, 59, said he would continue donating 10 sen from each bowl of curry noodles he sold toward TAR UC.
“Even if I am unable to sell many bowls in a day, I will still set aside RM10 from my daily income for the TAR UC fund, ” he said.
Previously, it was announced that under Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s Budget 2020, not only was the matching grant for TAR UC not reinstated, but its annual development funds were also cut to RM1mil from RM5.5mil.
TAR UC is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Malaysia and the alma mater of more than 200,000 graduates.
It is the only institution in the world approved by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to internally assess all the nine modules of ACCA Fundamentals taken by TAR UC degree students.