BIDOR: Contributions towards the setting up of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) are coming from people of all races and all walks of life, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik.
He said nationwide, almost every night or at least thrice a week, fund raising dinners were being held to collect funds for Utar.
It does not matter how much a person donates but the most important thing is the show of support for the setting up of Utar.
With the donations, until now the MCA has managed to collect RM173mil for Utar, he said, during a fund raising dinner for Utar, which was also to celebrate MCAs 54th anniversary, organised by the Tanjung Malim MCA division here on Sunday night.
Also present was Tanjung Malim MCA division chairman Datuk Loke Yuen Yow, state MCA youth chief Datuk Tan Chin Meng, and Wanita chief Chew Poh Thai.
During the dinner a cheque for RM400,000 for Utar was handed over to Dr Ling. The money was collected by the 24 branches under the Tanjung Malim MCA division.
Dr Ling said the setting up of Utar was a big challenge to everyone and added that the Chinese community should ensure that its setting up was successful.
The setting up of Utar is similar to that of the Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC), which started from naught.
Today TAR college has successfully educated over 100,000 students all over the country, he added.
Dr Ling said that due to the overwhelming response from students to enrol in TARC, the MCA had decided to expand the college further.
The permanent campus in Kampar will be officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on May 18, he added.
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