Food seller pledges RM1 per dish sold to go into TAR UC fund

  • Nation
  • Friday, 22 Nov 2019

IPOH: Inspired by the curry noodle seller in Penang who pledges 10 sen to Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) for every bowl sold, a food seller here has upped the ante by pledging 90 sen more.

Khong Chong Kong, who sells a variety of rice and noodle dishes at the Aneka Selera Restoran Kam Wan or Ipoh Garden Gourmet Square, said he would pledge RM1 to TAR UC for every dish sold.

Khong, in his 50s, said he was doing it for those who could not get into public universities or further their tertiary education elsewhere.

“Education is important to the Chinese community, especially to those from poor background.

“I feel I should do my part to help and support TAR UC to keep its fees affordable,” he said when met during a visit by MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon at his stall on Wednesday night.

“I respect the Finance Minister but it is not his decision.

“What he has done is a slap to the Chinese community,” he added.

Following Penang curry noodle seller Loke Thean Meng’s noble deed, more people have come forward to help TAR UC.

Their charity act came about after the Pakatan Harapan government cut the annual matching grant for TAR UC this year and next year, amounting to RM60mil.

The grant has helped keep the fees affordable for low- and middle-income groups.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is adamant that MCA relinquishes the control of TAR UC before he considers releasing the grant.

Khong said his pledge would run from now until Dec 21.

“I don’t have a target but I hope to sell at least 50 dishes a day,” he said, adding that he sells wine chicken noodle or rice, claypot lou shu fun and herbal chicken, with prices ranging from RM7 to RM13.

“I really hope the people will give their support to TAR UC.

“If what I am doing is well received, I may extend it,” he added.

Dr Mah said more and more people have come forward to assist TAR UC.

“It shows the people are more sensible and make better judgment than a minister.

“And on behalf of the students, we express our thanks and appreciation to them,” he said.

Dr Mah also said MCA planned to set up an account solely for the purpose of collecting funds for TAR UC.

“It will be 100% transparent. Every single sen will be accounted for,” he added.

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