Doing their bit to help keep TAR UC fees affordable


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019

Helping hand: Goh and his wife, Lim, holding the donation box they used to raise RM920 for TAR UC in Pekan Nanas, Johor.

PONTIAN: They may not have stepped into Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) before but they definitely have the institution at heart.

Goh Tiam Huat and wife Lim Yen Loo were among many people from all walks of life raising funds recently to help keep the fees of the university college affordable.

Goh, 35, has a Masters in traditional Chinese medicine from Guangxi University while Lim, 25, has a degree in international business from Help University.

Goh said TAR UC has given educational opportunities to some 200,000 young people since its setup 50 years ago, and this has not only helped the people but also the country’s development.

“What we can collect is a very small amount, but we want to help TAR UC continue its good and meaningful role,” said Goh at his clinic at Taman Utama, Pekan Nanas here.

Goh who is chairman of Youth Movement Malaysia (Johor) said making education accessible to the young, especially those facing financial constraints deserved support.

He said they have collected RM920 as of Monday with their donation box “One Person RM10, Love our Rahman (TAR UC)” .

TAR UC, set up by MCA in 1969, has been receiving grants from then Barisan Nasional government, including matching grants yearly to help keep the fees affordable to the low and middle income groups.

It started off as Tunku Abdul Rahman College before it was upgraded to a university college in 2013.

The 50-year-old TAR UC is a household name in Malaysia, and the pride of MCA and Chinese community who always have education at heart.

The Pakatan Harapan government who wrested federal power last year has cut the annual matching grants for this year and next year, amounting to RM60mil.

DAP secretary-general and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is adamant that MCA severe ties with TAR UC before he considers giving aid to the institution.

This is one of several issues which led to Pakatan Harapan’s huge defeat in the Tanjung Piai by election last Saturday.

Barisan’s candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng from MCA got 25,466 votes to beat Pakatan Harapan’s Karmaine Sardini from Parti Pribumi Malaysia Bersatu (Bersatu) who received 10, 380 votes.

In the general election last year, Pakatan Harapan’s Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik beat Wee with a 524-vote majority.

The death of Dr Farid on Sept 21 triggered the by election.

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