KUALA LUMPUR: Tomorrow marks another important milestone for MCA’s education programmes when Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi opens the third Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC) branch campus in Kampar, Perak.
Over 10,000 people were expected to witness the opening of the first phase of the branch campus, which cost RM25mil.
When completed, the branch campus can take in between 3,500 to 4,000 students.
The college will include more facilities, including a swimming pool, in its second phase.
Among the highlights of tomorrow’s grand opening is a song dedication to Abdullah.
The Caring and Sharing Choir, led by Datin Seri Ena Ling, who is the wife of MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, and Puan Sri Lee San Choon, will sing Together Right from the Very Start.
The college also had the honour of having Abdullah open its first branch campus in Penang on June 28, 1999.
TARC, set up in 1969, underwent expansion in 1992 to cope with the rapid increase in demand for tertiary education among Malaysians and also to cater to the nation’s needs.
It completed expansions on its main campus in Setapak here in 1996.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who was then Education Minister, opened its second branch campus in Segamat, Johor, in July 3, 1999.
Among the top donors for the Kampar branch campus was Kampar MP Tan Sri Hew See Tong, whose group of companies contributed RM5mil and 20ha of land.
Prior to the completion of the Kampar campus, students had been studying in commercial shoplots that Hew only charged a nominal rental of RM1 per year for since 1998.
To date, TARC has produced over 100,000 graduates.
Education has been a top priority for MCA since its inception in Feb 27, 1943.
Another two TARC branch campuses will be built in Pahang and Sabah in the near future.
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