Ong heads off criticism over Utar fund-raising

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  • Monday, 06 Jan 2003

IPOH: Those who criticise the MCA for raising funds for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (Utar) main campus in Kampar are narrow-minded, said state MCA chairman Datuk Ong Ka Chuan. 

He said the party did not force the community to donate towards the setting up of Utar but they gave willingly. 

“Some quarters criticised (the MCA) by saying that we should not raise money from the community,” Ong said after opening a food fair organised by the Ipoh Barat Wanita MCA and a concert organised by the Ipoh Barat MCA Youth at the Kampung Tawas community hall to raise funds for Utar on Saturday evening. 

During the function, Ong received a cheque for RM8,000 from Ipoh Barat Wanita MCA division chief Choy Yoke Chun for the Utar fund, which was proceeds from the food fair. 

Ipoh Barat MCA Youth chief Chin Lee Meng also handed over a cheque for RM20,000 for Utar. 

EVENT LAUNCH: Ong (centre), state Wanita MCA chief Chew Poh Thai (on Ong's right) and other MCA leaders and members cutting a ribbon with balloons and a banner to mark the opening of the food fair and concert in Ipoh on Saturday.

Ong said response towards Utar had been good, particularly from the lower income group as they felt it was a way for their children to further their studies if they were unable to send their children for an overseas education. 

After the ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Ong said a torch run would be held here and in other state MCA divisions.  

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