Utar gets green light to use new govt hospital

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 01 Jul 2003

Other News & ViewsCompiled by LOO YOK SOI, LAM LI and S. ARULLDAS

THE Government has agreed for the soon-to-be completed government hospital in Pandan, near Johor Baru, to be utilised by the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) as a teaching hospital, Utar chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said. 

Nanyang Siang Pau, in an exclusive news report yesterday, quoted the former MCA president as saying Utar, after being granted the use of the hospital, had decided to have its department of medicine located in Johor. 

However, for the time being, the preliminary medical studies would be conducted at the Utar main campus in Kampar. 

Dr Ling, according to the daily, said the Pandan hospital, complete with the latest medical equipment and modern facilities, would be ready for use in a month or two. 

The approval for Utar to utilise the hospital as a teaching hospital meant Utar could save a huge sum of money to set up its department of medicine, Dr Ling, the former Transport Minister, was quoted as saying. 

· ANOTHER two wealthy businessmen have donated a total of RM30mil to Utar, raising its building funds to more than RM190mil to date. 

According to Nanyang, Dr Ling said the university received RM20mil from Hong Kong-based Malaysian businessman Tan Sri Robert Kuok and RM10mil from Maxis boss Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan. 

Earlier this year, the university received RM20mil from Resorts World boss Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong. 

· THE Chinese education movement Dong Zong has advised private Chinese secondary schools against taking in foreign students, especially from mainland China. 

Dong Zong chairman Quek Suan Hiang said supervising foreign students and enforcing discipline among them could cause problems to private Chinese schools, according to a China Press news report. 

He said experience showed that foreign students could cause certain problems to the schools due to their different background, way of thinking and outlook in life, the daily reported. 

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