Ling: All gifts to set up Utar meaningful

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  • Monday, 28 Jul 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Every contribution towards the setting up of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar), no matter how small, is meaningful, Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said. 

Recounting how even children were donating their piggy-bank savings to Utar, the Utar chairman and former MCA president said it was touching to see people donating “from the heart.”  

Dr Ling spoke to reporters yesterday after receiving a RM10,000 donation from Pertubuhan Gerakan Belia Bersatu Malaysia (GBBM) following the opening of its 27th annual general meeting. 

He said that Utar would continue the excellent tradition of Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College, of which he is also chairman. 

GBBM president Chan Teck Yin said the donation was from the first nationwide drive it organised for Utar, adding that there had been previous efforts by the grassroots. 

ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT: Ling receiving the cheque fro RM10,000 from Chan at the GBBM annual general meeting on Sunday.

At another function, the Utar fund received another RM20,000 from an employer impressed by the quality of work and dedication of his staff who were mainly TAR College graduates. 

Matrix Valley Holding Sdn Bhd group chief executive officer Kevin Loh said that 60% of his employees graduated from the college and their performance convinced him to support Utar. 

FIRM GENEROSITY: Loh (left) presenting the cheque for RM20,000 to Wong while the company's vice-presidents Susan Lee and John Lu look on.

“I believe in giving back to society, but my staff strengthened my intention to contribute to Utar. They are fine examples of what good education can do to a person. 

“Coming from less well-to-do backgrounds, they received a sound foundation at the college and developed a very positive mindset and work attitude,” said Loh, whose company operates the ROER Watershop drinking water vending machines. 

Loh presented the cheque to Penang MCA chief Wong Kam Hoong at the company's first anniversary celebration here last night. 

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