PETALING JAYA: More than RM2mil has been raised by the MCA-led fundraising campaign to help Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) after its funding was cut by the Pakatan Harapan government.In a statement yesterday, MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon thanked all the stakeholders involved in raising RM2,008,700 from the public as of May 27.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Malaysians from all walks of life for their tireless efforts in raising funds for TAR UC.
“These funds have been duly handed over to the TAR UC Education Fund in full for the benefit
of all teachers and students,” he said.
Chong also declared the cessation of the MCA-led fundraising campaign for TAR UC in view of
the restored federal funding for the university college.
On Wednesday, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong announced that TAR UC would obtain RM58mil from the Finance Ministry for this year, with the
allocation no longer channelled through any third party.
The fund includes the remaining RM18mil (of the RM40mil) government allocation that was previously allocated to an entity called the
TAR Alumni Association (TAA); and another RM40mil from the government under Budget 2020.
“When the Pakatan Harapan government placed unreasonable pressure on TAR UC, the rakyat banded together and as a collective force, sought to assist TAR UC to overcome its challenges,” said Chong, adding that Pakatan’s attempts to marginalise TAR UC was obvious.
“Only a severely reduced allocation was left for development, and Pakatan also asked MCA to relinquish ownership of the institution.
“Then finance minister Lim Guan Eng channelled government funds to TAA instead.
“The launch of the TAR UC fundraising campaign on Oct 29 last year by MCA received immediate support from various sectors and civil societies, reflecting their backing of TAR UC.
“The spontaneous fundraising effort by the common people, be they hawkers, housewives or taxi drivers, despite facing their own economic challenges demonstrated that they remained resolute in creating a better future for TAR UC students who were facing uncertainty.
“No amount of words can fully express our heartfelt gratitude to all these unsung heroes,” said Chong, who added that the institution ultimately belonged to the rakyat.
“If the necessity arises again in future, MCA is obligated to stand up and defend TAR UC.
“By keeping fees affordable to lessen the financial worries of parents and students, it is TAR UC’s hopes that its graduates will in turn contribute positively to the country,” he said.
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