TUNKU Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) has started the countdown to its 50th anniversary by honouring its founding leaders at a ceremony held recently at its Kuala Lumpur Main Campus.
The ceremony paid tribute to 10 founding leaders of the then TAR College who contributed to the college tremendously either as the pioneers or being the longest serving leaders in the history of the institution. The event also served as a reminder of the early struggle TAR College went through after it was set up in 1969.
The event, hosted by MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, saw buildings in TAR UC Kuala Lumpur Main Campus, named after 10 founding leaders to honour their important contributions.
They are Tunku Abdul Rahman; Tun Tan Siew Sin; Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh; Tan Sri Lee San Choon; Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik; Datuk Lew Sip Hon; Tan Sri Dr Ng Lay Swee; Datuk Kum Boo; Dr Thong Saw Pak and Chong Yean Seong.
In his welcome address at the “Going 50: People Behind the TARC History” ceremony, Liow who is Transport Minister, shared the growth and achievements of TAR UC in providing quality and affordable education over the last five decades.
He said the progress and development of TAR UC was attributed to the contributions and visionary leadership of the founding leaders.
“All the achievements would not have been possible without the visionary foresight and strong leadership of the leaders who laid a firm foundation so TAR UC can stand strong and grow.
“There is no better way to pay tribute to them than to remember them as we are going 50,” said Liow who is also TARC Education Foundation Board of Trustees’ chairman and TAR UC Board of Governors’
The naming ceremony will be the first of many events, which will be held from now until 2019, to build the momentum leading up to TAR UC’s golden celebrations on Feb 24 next year.
Among those who attended the event were TAR UC president Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, Dr Ling accompanied by Toh Puan Ena Ling, Dr Ng, Kum, Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo, daughter of the late Tun Tan Siew Sin together with her sisters Tan Siok Eng and Tan Siok Lee, as well as Khaw Chay Tee, son of the late Tan Sri Khaw Khai Boh, and Dorothy Lew, daughter of the late Datuk Lew Sip Hon.
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