Educational agenda met, says Ling

  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Jan 2003

PENANG: The MCA has achieved its educational and political agenda in more than 30 years of struggle with the expansion of Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College and the setting up of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar). 

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said years of hard work by the party had paid off as many from the community could benefit from Utar. 

“The MCA has succeeded in expanding TAR College from a small institution with boring classrooms to big campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kampar, Segamat and the soon-to-be-built campus in Sabah.  

“There are 30,000 students in TAR College and we're also looking at some offers of land in Johor to build a big successful university there,” he told newsmen at the solidarity dinner organised by the Balik Pulau MCA division at SJK(C) Chong Cheng School Hall in Sungai Ara last night. 

He said the formation of Utar had opened up a whole range of educational activities including a training centre for kindergarten teachers. 

On the long-term plans under the educational agenda, Dr Ling said the party would be spending about RM1bil over a 10-year expansion period. 

Earlier, Balik Pulau division member Goh Eng Hoe, who is also a businessman, gave a personal contribution of RM20,000 for the Utar fund to Dr Ling. 

”Whenever I make money, I feel very happy if I can give back to the community,” he said. 

On the fate of the two MCA assemblymen, Tan Cheng Liang (Jawi) and Lim Boo Chang (Datuk Keramat), Dr Ling said the party had done what it had to do under the party's constitution and “have nothing more to add”. 

“We're always willing to listen to what our friends in the Barisan Nasional advise us. That is our attitude and within Barisan, you must always be willing to exchange views and accept advice in the spirit of Barisan,” he said.  

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