300 turn up at eighth leg of torch run for Utar campus

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  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2003

IPOH: The eighth leg of the 10 torch runs to mark the ground-breaking ceremony for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (Utar) main campus in Kampar next Sunday was launched in First Garden here yesterday. 

Organised by the Ipoh Barat MCA division, the run started at 8.30am with 300 people turning up at the First Garden recreational park. 

The torch, which was lit by state MCA Youth chief Datuk Tan Chin Meng, was taken on a 2km-route from First Garden to the Barisan Nasional service centre of assemblyman Datuk Yik Phooi Hong in Buntong where the run ended. 

Also present were Yik, Ipoh Barat MP Datuk Ho Cheong Sing, other MCA leaders and members, and representatives from Chinese organisations. 

Later in the evening, the torch was again lighted at the Bercham community centre by Tan, who is also the Bercham state assemblyman, and taken to the Chan Meng Khor Association field before being taken to Kampung Tawas. 

In Kampung Tawas, it was taken around the new villages and later handed over to state MCA chairman Datuk Ong Ka Chuan. 

A concert was held at the village community hall while Perak Wanita MCA members held a charity food sale. 

The run, themed Torch Run Towards Excellence in Utar is being held at all the party’s 23 divisions in Perak until the ground-breaking ceremony next Sunday. 

The main objective of the run is to create awareness about Utar and to raise funds for the construction of the campus. 

The next run will be held at Ipoh Timur today, Batu Gajah, Gopeng and Parit on Saturday and Kampar next Sunday.  

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