KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA will pay tribute to Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik, who was president for an unprecedented 17 years, in an elaborate ceremony at the party headquarters here tomorrow.
Party secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Ting Chew Peh said yesterday that 3,000 MCA members including party veterans and representatives would attend the function.
He said the three-hour event would have meaningful programmes saluting the contributions of the former president and Cabinet minister to the party, community and nation.
The highlight would be a citation for Dr Ling and a 20-minute video show of significant events in the veteran politician’s career which spanned three decades, he said.
The citation in English would be done by Penang MCA adviser Tan Sri Dr Sak Cheng Lum and the Chinese version by MCA central committee member Ho Lin Tek.
Dr Ling, 60, stepped down as MCA president on May 23 and relinquished the Transport Minister's post a week later.
Dr Ting said Dr Ling’s tenure as party president ushered in an era of stability and development within the party, highlighted by its education projects.
One good example is the Tunku Abdul Rahman College which grew rapidly to include five branch campuses in Penang, Johor, Perak, Pahang and Sabah with a total enrolment of over 30,000 now compared to the 700 intake in 1969 when it first opened its doors.
Another significant milestone was the setting up of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in 2001, another feather in the cap for Dr Ling. The university which started with about 400 students last year saw an intake of over 3,800 this year.
“The ceremony to pay tribute is the least we could do to show our appreciation to Dr Ling for his contributions,” said Dr Ting, who is also the event’s organising committee chairman.
The Caring and Sharing Choir, which is the brainchild of Dr Ling’s wife, Datin Seri Ena Ling, would be rendering several numbers in Chinese and English.
Twelve well-known local calligraphers would also take to the stage together to use brush and paper to honour Dr Ling for his contributions.
The ceremony would be followed by a dinner at The Mines.