KUALA LUMPUR: Successful graduates of Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College should provide scholarships or loans to those who need help to further their education, said MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
He said that alumni of the college should support and be willing to contribute to their alma mater, adding that one way to do so was to provide financial assistance to current students.
“No matter how fast the country may develop, there are still those who need help. This is why I want to encourage those of you who become successful to set up a loan scheme or a scholarship fund to help the less fortunate,” he said.
Ong also noted that various alumni, including Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng and Deputy Information Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, had already set up loan funds for students at the college.
He said this in his speech at the afternoon session of the college’s convocation ceremony here yesterday.
At the ceremony, a total of 2,357 students received their advanced diploma scrolls. In the earlier session, graduates received their scrolls from Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn.
Ong, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister and an ex-TARCian, congratulated the students on their success, saying they had demonstrated perseverance in their efforts to attain academic excellence.
Speaking to the graduates “as their senior”, he also urged them to always follow their principles.
“As we know, one plus one equals two, but sometimes in your career, people may try to convince you that it should be three instead. That is why it is important for you to stick to your principles and you will never go wrong,” he said.
Many of those receiving their scrolls yesterday had completed their programmes at the college several months ago and had either secured jobs or continued their studies towards a degree.
Graduate Terence Raj Anthonysamy, 24, who did an Advanced Diploma in Technology (Electronic Engineering), said he had chosen TAR College as it was affordable and near his home.
“I was the only Indian in my class but I did not face any problems. I made many friends and even picked up a few Chinese words,” he said.
Anthonysamy explained that he had spent the last three months at Liverpool John Moores University in Britain, where he had just completed a degree in electronic and control systems engineering as he had earned advanced standing.
Jasmine Mohd Noh, 22, who completed an Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Business Management), also said she had not faced any problems in the college and had settled in easily.
“I plan to gain some work experience before continuing my studies to degree level.”
Fellow graduate Mazuin Mohd Redzuan, 23, an Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Management Accounting) holder, said she had enjoyed her time at the college.
“I have learnt to speak Mandarin as well as Hokkien and Cantonese,” she said, adding that she had started working as a junior accounting executive three months ago.
Yeow Chia Fong, 22, whose father Yeow Sing Hing is acting vice-principal at the college, said she planned to work in auditing.
“I returned from Sheffield Hallam University in Britain two days ago with a degree in accounting and finance. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Financial Accounting) from the college a few months ago, I had advanced standing so I could complete a degree during that time,” she said.
Loh Siang Poh, 23, who is now working as a production engineer, completed an Advanced Diploma in Science (Microelectronics).
“I want to thank my lecturers for always being so dedicated and caring,” he said.