PONTIAN: Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) will find ways to ensure its fees remain affordable despite a lack of funding coming from the Pakatan Harapan government, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The university was founded to help students from low income families who are unable to enter public university and this mission will not waver, he said.
“I can guarantee that TAR UC will maintain its tradition of being an institution with the lowest and most affordable tuition fees while maintaining quality education.
“We will not compromise quality although our fees are lower than other private institutions, ” he said during a charity dinner to raise funds for TAR UC here on Saturday.
He added that in the past, the money pumped in by the government was used to reduce operating costs, allowing the institution to survive for more 50 years.
“Government data shows that 51% of private institutions are not doing well.
“Despite the circumstances, we will make sure that the fees in TAR UC are lower than others as the institution is here for the poor who may not have anywhere else to go, ” he said, adding that RM300,300 was raised during the charity dinner.
Also present were Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng and TAR UC board of governors chairman Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Dr Wee said about RM600,000 had been collected since the donation drive began during the Tanjung Piai by-election last month.
“This shows that TAR UC receives overwhelming support from the public and they appreciate the contributions of the institution, ” he said.About 130 groups, including organisations, individuals and companies made donations during the charity event to help TAR UC.