Choosing the best site for KTAR campus


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 22 May 2005

BY RUBEN SARIO

KOTA KINABALU: A decision on the location of the Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman (KTAR) permanent campus in Sabah will be made as soon as possible, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said. 

He said the KTAR Council was considering various offers from companies and individuals here, in Sandakan, Tawau and Kudat. 

“We want to make a decision on the matter as soon as possible but at the same time we will not rush into it.  

“There are various factors to be considered,” Ong said after attending the second convocation of the Sabah KTAR here yesterday. 

Currently, the college is operating at the Kian Kok Secondary School here. 

GRADUATION DAY: Ong presenting the scroll to Irene at the Sabah KTARconvocation in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

Ong said the MCA and the KTAR Council were placing much importance on Sabah in view of the state's great potential in terms of its diverse ethnic, cultural and religious communities as well as its vast natural resources. 

“KTAR is here to provide affordable tertiary education opportunities to children of middle- and lower-income families from Sabah and Sarawak,” Ong said.  

Earlier, he told the 90 graduating students that the Sabah TAR College campus was an important component in the MCA's overall agenda to nation building. 

KTAR's primary mission was to provide greater educational opportunities to all Malaysians so they could improve on their social and economic status,” Ong added. 

He also reminded the graduating students that their learning process did not end with them receiving their certificates or diplomas. 

“Gaining knowledge is never exhaustive and it is a lifelong journey.  

He said that with the Cabinet's endorsement earlier this month on lifelong learning as a national policy to build a more resilient nation, the Government was targeting community learning centres as the focal point for information sharing and active community life throughout the country.  

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