THE Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Hospital project in Kampar, Perak has received a RM5mil donation from multinational company Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) Bhd.
A mock cheque was presented by KLK Bhd chief executive officer Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian to UTAR chancellor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik at the university.
Also present at the event were UTAR council chairman Tan Sri Dr Ting Chew Peh and UTAR president Professor Datuk Dr Ewe Hong Tat.
UTAR also honoured Oi Hian’s late father, Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng, by naming a lecture theatre after him, which was later launched.
In his speech during lecture theatre launch, Oi Hian said his late father was nicknamed tai ko (big brother) for being the older of twins.
“As the years went by, it became clear to everyone how much the nickname suited him.
“Everyone in the family looked up to him as an anchor, seeking his advice and assistance,” he recalled.
Oi Hian said his father also played the role of big brother to many of his friends and the community at large.
“In spite of all his achievements, our father was a simple man.
“He lived a life rooted in humility and loyalty, values that are now ingrained in the DNA of KLK Group,” he said.
In his speech, Dr Ewe said Loy Seng had always stressed on the importance of education as the way forward for the community and the nation as a whole.
“His belief led him to donate generously to schools and educational institutions.
“Following the legacy of his father, I am delighted to mention that Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian and KLK have been great donors and supporters, contributing towards the establishment of UTAR and now UTAR Hospital,” Dr Ewe added.
Separately, seven UTAR students held a fundraising project and collected RM13,964.50 for the hospital.
Dr Ewe received a mock cheque of the amount at the Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM) centre recently.
In thanking the students, he said they were given the opportunity to choose a beneficiary for the funds and willingly chose the hospital project.
UTAR Hospital, which is estimated to cost RM330mil, is a not-for-profit hospital that offers TCM as well as western medical care.
Its TCM centre started operating in April, while the western medical centre is expected to open early next year.