800ha land for Utar


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 24 Aug 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: A state government will be allocating a 800ha piece of land for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar), said Utar council chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik. 

However, he did not reveal the location, saying it was better for the state government concerned to make the announcement, which would be done soon. 

“We are still waiting for the offer to come in black and white. You can ask me more about this next year,” he said. 

Dr Ling said Utar would maintain its presence in Kuala Lumpur even after the completion of the Kampar campus. 

Asked about Utar’s plans for other campuses around the country, he said: “We will see what is necessary.” 

To date, a total of RM200mil had been raised for Utar, said Dr Ling, in expressing his gratitude to all donors. 

He added that Utar was offering eight degree courses now and would add 10 more in the future. 

NEW DIRECTION: Lau (left) accompanying Dr Ling on his arrival for KSM's annual general meeting at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur. Lau said later that KSM would focus on oil plantations as its core activity.

“We had 400 students last year when we first started. But this year, we have 3,800 students and next year, we will have about 10,000,” he said yesterday at the opening ceremony of the Koperasi Serbaguna Malaysia Berhad’s (KSM) 24th annual general meeting at Wisma MCA here. 

On KSM, Dr Ling said he was happy to see its development over the years and that it had found a new direction in the oil palm industry. 

He said oil palm was a very flexible crop and oil palm estates would be a long-term investment. 

Earlier, KSM chairman Senator Datuk Lau Yin Pin said KSM would now focus on oil palm plantation development as its core activity and the board would channel all available resources into this area. 

KSM's newly elected board members are Tia Chin How, Datuk Dr P.H.S. Lim, Soo Ah Hing, Lim Lik Kai and Lim Eng Kok and its internal audit committee members are Soh Siong Hoon, Lum Lai Oi and Chang Seok Sin.  

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