KUALA LUMPUR: The Chinatown community in Petaling Street here gathered for a belated Chinese New Year celebration and pledged RM618,000 for the development fund of University Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar).
The contributions comprised RM518,000 from the business community in Chinatown and RM100,000 in fees earned from performances by the lion dance troupes from the Kheng Tong Lok Charity Martial Arts Association during the Lunar New Year celebration.
Association adviser Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, who is also MCA vice-president and Housing and Local Government Minister, said it was a tradition for Chinese guilds and associations to support the development of education as the community realised a strong educational foundation would prepare the future generation in facing greater challenges.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, who is also Transport Minister and Utar’s Board of Directors chairman, thanked them for helping to push the fundraising closer to its target of RM200mil.
He said the fund collected to date reached RM110mil.
Also present at the open-air dinner were Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heong and Deputy Energy, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho.
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