Utar to have largest land bank

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  • Monday, 04 Aug 2003


PENANG: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) is set to become the university with the biggest land bank with the latest pledge of land by yet another state government, its council chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said. 

Declining to name the state, he said plans were in the pipeline for the state government concerned to provide 800ha of land for setting up another campus for Utar to cater to the influx of students in the coming years. 

To date, the Johor and Perak governments have made land available to the university. 

GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION:Dr Ling receiving the cheque from Koay at the Utar Cultural Nite onSaturday.With them are MCCS Penang's deputy treasurer Chin Chee Peng (left)and the dinner's organising committee chairman Loh Nam Hooi.

“We don’t have enough space and we’re bursting at the seams.  


“As it is, we have to rent another building next door to The Star’s old premises in Section 13, Petaling Jaya, where we’re currently running our classes,” he said at the Utar Cultural Nite hosted by the Malaysian Chinese Cultural Society of Penang (MCCS) at a hotel here on Saturday night. 


Dr Ling also said there was support from people from all walks of life, regardless of race and religion, and the donations came in both big and small amounts. 


“It’s not the amount, it’s the heart, and it’s very, very touching to see those who give small amounts to the Utar building fund,” he added. 

Recalling advice from a mentor many years back that “education is everything, it is the future,” Dr Ling said the words were still ingrained in his mind and had influenced his life. 

“One of the most satisfying things for me is being able to help students from Chinese independent schools since Utar can take in those from these schools as it recognises the United Examination Certificate,” he said. 

State MCA deputy chief Datuk Koay Kar Huah, who is also MCCS Penang chairman, said in his speech that the society had managed to raise RM500,000 towards the development of Utar.  

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