Lipsticks to raise funds for TAR UC


KUALA LUMPUR: Buy an all natural chemical-free lipstick and help raise funds for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC).

Handmade by cosmetic entrepreneur Cheng Tsu Sun, the lipstick was launched during a charity sale in conjunction with Wanita MCA’s pre-annual general meeting dinner at Wisma MCA here last night.

The lipstick is sold for RM50, out of which RM20 will be donated to TAR UC, said Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie.

“A total of 600 lipsticks were on sale during the dinner. We will continue offering the lipstick until Dec 31.”

She encouraged more Malaysians and organisations to organise similar activities to help TAR UC.

“Those who are interested to buy or conduct fundraisers with us can contact Wanita MCA’s secretariat at 03-2203 3882, ’’ she told reporters yesterday.

Last night’s charity sale, she said, was part of Wanita MCA’s national campaign to help raise funds for TAR UC.

“We are truly thankful for Cheng, who approached us and offered to help by donating part of her proceeds, ’’ she said.

Heng also voiced gratitude to an anonymous donor who offered 100 concert tickets featuring celebrities and a mysterious guest on Dec 14 and 15.

“The ticket is worth RM50 each, ’’ she said.

Meanwhile, Heng expressed concern over the Pakatan Harapan government’s move in slashing the annual allocation for TAR UC.

“The annual allocation came from an official agreement that was passed in Parliament, ” she said.

On Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s condition for MCA to relinquish control of the institution in order to receive government allocation, Heng questioned if such a criterion would be applied to Chinese primary schools.

“There are many school board members who are MCA members.

“Going by his logic, does it mean that the board members of these schools will have to resign if the schools are to receive government allocations?

“Why pick on TAR UC alone?’’ she asked.

It was reported that TAR UC had received an average of RM30mil to RM60mil annually under the previous Barisan Nasional government -- an allocation which was passed in the Parliament.

During the tabling of Budget 2018, TAR UC received RM30mil in a matching grant.

But in the following year, Lim announced a sum of just RM5.5mil for TAR UC’s development fund.

And during the Budget 2020 that was unveiled last month, the annual development funds were cut from RM5.5mil to RM1mil. The matching grant for TAR UC was also not reinstated.

On Nov 22, Lim announced that about RM30mil was approved to a trust fund for TAR UC and its students annually, provided that MCA relinquishes control of the institution.

The trust fund would be managed by TARCian Alumni Association (TAA), he said.

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