RM1mil boost for university

Dato Kong Hon Kong and Dato Fu Ah Kiow presents the RM1 million mock cheque to Southern University College for the university¿s Bulding Fund. From Left: Dr. Thock Kiah Wah and Mr. Wang Toon Jui. From right: Mr. Pang Kwee Leong, Dato¿ Teo Ah Khiang and Dato¿ Tan Liang Soong.

a 20-member entourage from Johor Baru’s Southern University College (SUC) visited the Malaysian Chinese Calligraphy Stone Gallery at Nirvana Semenyih recently.

The visitors included SUC’s chairman Datuk Teo Ah Khiang, deputy chairman Datuk Tan Liang Soong, executive director Wang Toon Jui and treasurer Pang Kwee Leong.

They were welcomed by NV Multi Asia Group (Nirvana) founder and managing director/CEO Datuk David Kong Hon Kong, executive director Reeno Kong Yew Lian and COO Johor Tan San Ling.

The group was given a guided tour, a reception that highlighted the art of tea drinking and learnt about stone inscriptions.

The Malaysian Chinese Calligraphy Stone Gallery is a proud project by NV Multi Asia Group (Nirvana) to showcase the rich Chinese cultural heritage.

The RM20mil stone-based calligraphy gallery took four years to complete after the ground-breaking ceremony in 2009. Since its completion last year, the gallery has welcomed more than 5,000 guests.

It is home to a number of masterpieces of different dynasties and marries the beauty of a memorial and cultural park in one entity.

The first-of-its-kind cultural park in South-East Asia houses both Malaysian and China’s literary art in the form of stone inscriptions featuring different calligraphy styles.

Since its completion last year, this gallery has welcomed over 5,000 guests with the latest group comprising

For the visitors from SUC, the highlight of their visit was a special showcase featuring the works of Siow Wan Heong at the local gallery.

Siow, a philanthropist and former member of the board of directors of Foon Yew High School was a champion of Chinese education and donated land for the setting up of SUC.

He was particularly fond of Song Xiang’s calligraphy and his masterpiece was produced at the age of 91, depicting the first opening chapter of ‘The Romance of the Three Kingdoms’.

Kong had pledged a RM100,000 donation to SUC during the launch of the book Chinese New Villages in Kulaijaya earlier this year and later increased it to RM1mil.

The funds will be channelled to SUC’s Building Fund. In conjunction with the visit, Kong presented a cheque for RM1mil to SUC.

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