RM1.78mil more for Utar

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  • Friday, 11 Apr 2003

Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek presenting a mock cheque for RM1.788m to MCA vice-president Datuk Ong Ka Ting.

BATU PAHAT: The Batu Pahat MCA division raised RM1.788mil for the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) building fund at a fund-raising dinner here. 

At the event on Sunday, division chairman Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek presented MCA vice-president Datuk Ong Ka Ting with a cheque for the amount. 

Ong, who is also Local Government and Housing Minister, said he hoped the construction of the Utar campus could be expedited to cater to an increasing intake.  

He said the intake for Utar would be increased by 1,000 each year and the university would develop very fast. 

“The setting up of the Utar campus will not materialise without the support of Malaysians, especially the Chinese community,” he said. 

Ong also said Utar would keep the fees at a reasonable level to help students from lower-income families pursue their studies at the institution. 

He said this commitment revealed that MCA was serious and concerned about education. 

On Wednesday, the Johor Baru Chefs Association donated RM5,000 to the fund during the association’s ninth committee swearing-in ceremony. 

President Ang Swee Keong said it was the association’s contribution towards better education facilities for the younger generation. The cheque was presented to Dr Chua, who is also state Tourism Committee chairman. 

In Kuala Lumpur, Chinese-based organisations, entrepreneurs, party members and individual donors gathered on Tuesday to lend support to the Kepong MCA division’s fund-raising dinner for Utar.  

A total of RM255,000 was collected and presented to party president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik.  

The university is expected to have about 3,000 students in its temporary campus in Petaling Jaya by next month. 

In Seremban, the state organising committee for the Utar torch run has set a new target for its fund-raising project which ends at Nilai on Sunday – from RM40,000 to RM80,000. 

Committee chairman Loh Seng Kok said the decision was made on Wednesday during a meeting at the state party headquarters. 

“We have now doubled the quantum and don’t foresee any obstacles in collecting the sum,” he said, adding that the change was made due to overwhelming response from the public. 

Loh, who is also MCA youth secretary-general, said the wing was confident of meeting the target. 

He added that the torch would be handed over to MCA Johor on Sunday.  

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