Alumni hope the government will reconsider restoring the grant to TAR UC.


  • Education
  • Sunday, 10 Nov 2019

A group photo of TARCians before the start of the Eighth Sports Challenge.

TUNKU Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) and the Federation of Tunku Abdul Rahman College Alumni Associations, Malaysia jointly organised the TAR UC Sports Challenge event in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations.

Now in its eighth edition, the sports challenge brought together the esprit de corps among the alumni, staff and students through sports activities.

In addition, the Federation also organised a Forum on Budget 2020 on Oct 16. It is also the federation alumni’s 30th anniversary this year and through the years, it has organised many activities including fund-raising for the alma mater.

The objectives of the Federation Alumni are to foster the fraternity and networking among alumni. It is also to stay close to the students and support the alma mater through organising various activities and events.

When returning to the university college campus to participate in these events, it reminded many of us (alumni) of our student days of having mixed/economy rice during the three years’ of our stay at the college.

The Government’s matching grants had enabled and helped most of us (alumni) during our studies with the very limited monthly pocket money of RM200, in particular for those of us from the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s batches. For this, we, the Federation Alumni and its representing Alumni Associations are most grateful to the Government for the financial assistance given to TAR UC.

However, Budget 2020 saw the Government’s grant to TAR UC reduced to a very small amount.

This is the 50th anniversary year of TAR UC and things have not changed much. After 50 years, mixed rice/economy rice is still very much the main/staple meal for many TARCians. The parents of our TAR UC students are mostly from the lower and middle income groups.

Most of the students require financial assistance to get through their tertiary education. For the parents, the yearly grant as agreed by the Government of up to RM60mil which would have benefitted the students directly, is a very much awaited and welcomed relief but it is not forthcoming in the Budget 2020.

In this connection, the Federation Alumni and its representing Alumni Associations wish to sincerely plead the Government to reconsider and restore the legitimate grant to our alma mater – TAR UC.

The Federation of Tunku Abdul Rahman College Alumni Associations, Malaysia is the umbrella body representing the interests of its Alumni Associations.

These comprise the Tunku Abdul Rahman College School of Business Studies Ex-students Association (1981); the Tunku Abdul Rahman College School of Arts & Science Alumni Association (1982); and the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Engineering Alumni Association (2019) [formerly known as Tunku Abdul Rahman College School of Technology Graduates Society (1982)].The Federation Alumni represents the interests of the 116,392 TAR UC alumni who have graduated from the three TARUC Schools (Faculties) mentioned above.

ADRIAN YEO ENG HUI

President, Federation of Tunku Abdul Rahman College Alumni Associations, Malaysia and President, Tunku Abdul Rahman College School of Business Studies Ex-Students Association,

TAI SING NEE

President, Tunku Abdul Rahman College School of Arts & Science Alumni Association; and

MARK HEW YOON ONN

President, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College

Engineering Alumni Association.

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