MCA close to reaching Utar’s initial target of RM200mil


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 11 May 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The initial target of RM200mil for the construction of the first phase of the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) will be achieved in a few more months, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik. 

“We need RM800mil for Utar and we have set an early target of RM200mil. We are now over RM190mil and I believe in a few months, we will go beyond our initial target,” he said. 

He said he was pleased that many associations had come forward to sponsor various programmes in support of Utar. 

“The programmes are organised daily by the associations and individuals to support the construction of the university,” he said after opening a Utar fund-raising carnival organised by the Federal Territory Wanita MCA. 

At the one-day carnival, a total of RM111,888 was raised from proceeds of the food fest and donations from individuals and organisations. 

Dr Ling said MCA would sell a new batch of Utar T-shirts priced at RM30 each as the first 8,000 pieces were sold out during the T-shirts launch. 

On the thermal imaging scanners to be installed at entry points, Dr Ling said the Transport Ministry would not be involved in the installation but engineers from the Health Ministry would examine the system to check on its ability in detecting SARS symptoms. 

“We are only happy that we are installing it. They (Health Ministry) are renting it because the SARS outbreak may only last for two to three weeks or one month, so it will make sense to rent them. We are not buying the machines,” he said. 

He said the relevant parties were also looking at installing scanners at Penang International Airport.  

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