KAMPAR: Construction of the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) here has to be expedited to cater to an increasing number of students opting to study at that university, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik.
“Last year, the total intake for Utar at its temporary campus located at Section 13 in Petaling Jaya was 400 students.
Now there were more than 1,000 students in that campus and the number was expected to increase to 2,500 students this May, he said.
“Each year the number of students for Utar will increase by 1,000 or 2,000 and the university will develop very fast,” he said during the Sheng Sah Miow Temple anniversary dinner here on Sunday night.
Dr Ling said the Utar complex located at the TAR College in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, was scheduled to be completed this July and it would be able to accommodate about 5,000 students.
It would not be able to take in any more students within the next two to three years, he said.
“We will have to build the new campus in Kampar fast as the campus in Section 13 and the one in Setapak will not be sufficient for the increasing number of students wishing to study in Utar,” he said.
Also present were Perak MCA chairman Datuk Ong Ka Chuan, MP for Kampar Tan Sri Hew See Tong, state MCA Youth advisor Ling Hee Leong and other state MCA leaders.
A total of RM640,000 was raised during an auction for Utar at the dinner.
A single Chinese calligraphy brush which was auctioned off during the dinner fetched RM199,999 when it was purchased by the temple’s women’s section comprising 200 members led by its chief Wong Sooi Thai.
On the setting up of a Utar branch in Johor, Dr Ling said there had been offers of 200ha of land from the Johor government, 200ha from a friend and a 80ha from a Malay friend which was valued at RM60mil.
He added that during his recent trip to Lebanon with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, an Indian friend from Malaysia offered to donate RM10mil from his public-listed company, in addition to a personal donation of RM10mil to Utar.
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