PERAK Chinese Mining Association (PCMA) donated RM5mil to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Education Foundation for the UTAR Hospital project.
PCMA adviser Tan Sri Hew See Tong said the donation was made to commemorate the contributions by its predecessors to the country.
“The tin mining industry played an important role in the development of the country, ” said See Tong, who is also UTAR planning and development committee adviser, during the presentation ceremony at the Kampar campus.
“We hope the hospital project will be completed soon to benefit society and the nation, ” he added.
PCMA president Datuk Chin Lean Choong said their forefathers had always helped schools and hospitals.
“Most primary schools in new villages received donations from our forefathers and we want to carry on this legacy, ” he said.
UTAR president Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat said the university was honoured to receive PCMA’s donation.
See Tong presented the mock cheque to UTAR Education Foundation board of trustees chairman Tan Sri Dr Sak Cheng Lum.
It was witnessed by Prof Ewe, council members Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan and Hew Fen Yee along with student development and alumni relations vice-president Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong.
At a separate event, the foundation received a donation of RM20,000 for the hospital project from the Kampar Moy Kong Association women’s unit.
Representing the association to present the cheque was its women’s unit chairman Puan Sri Hew Woon Mun Fah, accompanied by the unit’s council members Chan Yoke Lin, Lam Sai Yang, Lam Siew Yin and Cheong Mee Foong.
The cheque was received by Prof Choong.
Also present at the event were Fen Yee, Kampar Moy Kong Association vice-president Cheong Koon Wan, association treasurer Liew Chin Kack and its general affairs deputy Liong Kim Foo.
Mun Fah said, “Although it is a small amount, we hope this donation will serve as a starting point for local associations and the public to contribute to the UTAR Hospital project for the benefit of the Kampar community.”
Prof Choong gave a brief introduction on the hospital project while thanking the association for its donation.
“Your invaluable support and generous contribution will greatly benefit not only UTAR’s medical and health science students who will receive training at the hospital, but also the community in Kampar and surrounding towns who will gain from affordable medical services in both western as well as traditional and complementary medicine, ” he said.
Located within UTAR’s Kampar campus, the hospital is set to to be a not-for-profit institution.
It is expected to be fully operational in 2022, in conjunction with UTAR’s 20th anniversary.
For details, visit https://hospital.utar.edu.my/.