KUALA LUMPUR: Education is the key factor for the success and development of the country and the people, regardless of race, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said.
The community, regardless of race and religion, know the importance of education for their future.
Even in a developed country like the United States, emphasis is given to education, Dr Ling, who is also the Transport Minister, said on Saturday after attending a cultural show organised by Indian Progressive Front (IPF).
He received contributions totalling RM14,308.85 for the construction of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar).
Some children were even seen handing over their piggy banks to Dr Ling.
IPF president Datuk M.G. Pandithan and Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia Veena Sikri were also present.
Dr Ling said he was very touched to see so many people with love in their hearts for education, adding:
It is not how much you give but it is what you feel in your heart. It is your love for education, your commitment and what you feel in your heart (which are) most important for the future of the younger generation.
Dr Ling said that whatever the people gave, be it 10 or 50 sen, RM10 or RM100, it would be accepted in all humility on behalf of Utar.
Pandithan said the contributions were a symbol that the Indian community at the grassroots level supported the formation of Utar.
We are not EPF or the IMF. We are IPF, representing the poorer sections of the Indian community.
It's not how much we give but how we give that matters, he said.
Earlier, Sathiya group treated the people to a cultural show with Tamil, Mandarin and English songs belted out by sisters V. Gayathri and V. Vaan Mathie.
Vaan Mathie, a Sixth Former at TAR College in Setapak, earned praise when she spoke and sang in Mandarin while a group of Chinese students who performed to a number from the Tamil film, Kushi, got the loudest cheer.
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