Penang MCA raising funds for RM330mil UTAR Hospital


Teik Cheng (left) and Loke (right) hitting a gong while Loh looks on during the fundraising dinner organised by the Tanjong MCA division in Macallum Street, Penang.

PENANG MCA plans to raise RM1.5mil for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Hospital in Kampar, Perak, says its chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng.

Tan urged the public to support the not-for-profit teaching hospital at UTAR Kampar campus as it would pave the way for locals to enjoy quality and affordable healthcare services in both Western and traditional medicine.

“The generous contribution for this hospital project will greatly benefit the medical and health science students, the community and the nation. Such a meaningful project needs everyone’s support and contribution.

“The initial phase of the hospital will have 250 beds for modern medicine treatment and 100 for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The future plan is to add an additional 250 modern beds.

“There will also be facilities for outpatient and inpatient treatment, diagnostics and treatment, medical and non-medical support, research and education, and administrative centres,” he said in his speech during a fundraising dinner organised by the Tanjong MCA division in Macallum Street, Penang.

Tan, who is also MCA vice-president, said UTAR, a not-for-profit university, annually contributed about 10% of the total graduates from the 20 universities nationwide.

Tanjong MCA division chairman Loke Poh Chye said his division hoped to raise RM117,000 or more from the dinner, well-wishers, supporters and members.

Also present at the dinner were Penang MCA Youth chief Lim Swee Bok, Penang MCA public service and complaints bureau head Ooi Teik Liang, Penang MCA social movement bureau head Cheah Chin Woon, MCA Tanjong division vice-chairman Tan Hing Teik and Tanjong MCA division adviser Datuk Dr Loh Hock Hun.

For more details on the project, go to https://hospital.utar.edu.my/ while donations can be made at https://www.utar.edu.my/uef/.

The UTAR Hospital’s Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) Centre began operations earlier this month.

Construction of the new hospital began in 2018 on a 6.07ha plot in Kampar, Perak, and it is estimated to cost RM330mil.

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