PENANG: The generous total contribution of RM20mil by Genting Bhd’s chairman Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (Utar) development fund has now tipped the amount to over RM110mil, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik.
He said that when he was in Genting Highlands on Saturday, he was pleasantly surprised and happy when Lim initially offered RM10mil for Utar.
“But this morning (yesterday) while I was at a Kiwanis function for underprivileged children, he rang me up and said ‘Liong Sik, I think RM10mil is not enough, so can I make it RM20mil?’''
“This shows that Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong is one of those great leaders who is very concerned about education because people like him, who rose from rags to riches, place great importance on education. And also what he gains from society, he returns to society,” he told reporters at the Chinese New Year open house-cum-swearing-in ceremony for MCA Tanjung division committee members and also Utar fund-raising dinner at the Penang Chinese Town Hall last night.
He also said Lim’s praiseworthy attitude should be a good example to all other entrepreneurs of what a good corporate citizen should be.
Later in his speech, Dr Ling said that while RM200mil was needed for phase one of the Utar building project, about RM800mil would be required to develop the university over a 10-year period.
He also said the construction of Utar had to be expedited to cater to an increasing number of students wanting to study there.
“I’m confident that with the support of friends, the Government and party members, we would be able to reach the RM200mil target by end of this year,” he said.
At the dinner, Tanjung MCA division chief Datuk Dr Loh Hock Hun presented Dr Ling with a mock cheque for RM518,000 for Utar.
The Utar complex located at TAR College in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, was scheduled for completion this July and it would be able to accommodate about 5,000 students.
Dr Ling said the new campus in Kampar would have to be built fast as the campus in Section 13 and the one in Setapak would be insufficient for the increasing number of students.
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