HULU SELANGOR: The MCA will not allow itself to be carried away by the tremendous backing it has received for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar), said party president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik.
With so many people believing in us, we can only succeed, not fail, he said.
Utar, he said, would make its mark in the education sector with such solid support from the public.
But we will not be flustered by all the attention. Our focus remains clear and we will work towards the goal in a steady manner, he said at a Utar fundraising event on Thursday night organised by the Hulu Selangor MCA division at SRK (C) Batang Kali.
There was an acrobatic-cum-magic show from Shanghai. About 2,000 people attended the show which raised RM560,000.
Dr Ling said the experience in establishing Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman from an unknown institution of higher learning to a sought-after college today showed the slow and steady approach to success was effective.
We will continue with this proven path to success for Utar as our way to repay the public for their support, he said.
Selangor MCA chairman Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said he was proud of the efforts shown by the Hulu Selangor MCA and the generosity of the locals here.
Hulu Selangor folk donated generously despite some of them having limited income, Ong said.
He hoped other divisions in Selangor would follow the can do spirit of the Hulu Selangor, Petaling Jaya Utara and Petaling Jaya Selatan divisions which had each raised more than RM500,000 for Utar.
Event chairman Datuk Chng Toh Eng thanked all the donors from Hulu Selangor, saying they comprised of all races and even orang asli.
Among them were government officer Abdullah Kutti Alawi, businessman Prital Singh and electrician A. Supramaniam.
Abdullah said he did not mind forking out RM2,000 for Utar as he believed the university was serious about providing quality education in a no-nonsense manner.
He spoke about his daughter Salina who was pursuing a degree in information technology at the Utar temporary campus in Petaling Jaya.
She is happy there. She has no problems making friends and she tells me the lecturers are serious in their work.
Moreover, the campus is safe, an important factor for consideration as I want my daughter to be in a place where I can be assured of her well being, he said.
Supramaniam contributed RM5,000 to Utar because he wanted more young Malaysians to attain higher education.
Many of us from the older generation were deprived of university studies as times were tough then. For example, I was from the estates where putting food on the table was a daily struggle, said Supramaniam.
He said children from poor families should be given special attention if they were bright students.
Real estate agent Prital Singh said there was no escaping the fact that information was power in the age of globalisation.
For Malaysia to be a world-class player, we need an educated workforce. Utar fits into the picture and I am doing my bit for the country, said Prital, who donated RM5,000.