UTAR teaching hospital gets RM300,000 funding boost

For a worthy cause: Chor (left) receiving the mock cheque from Wong at Wisma Kah Motor, Kuala Lumpur. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Upcoming Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Hospital has received a RM300,000 funding boost from Datuk Robert Wong Lum Kong, who donated to the UTAR Education Foundation.

In a simple ceremony at Wisma Kah Motor here yesterday, Wong, who is known for his philanthropic activities, handed over a mock cheque to UTAR council member Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung.

Wong, who is also Oriental Holdings Bhd group managing director, said he was honoured to support the development of the not-for-profit and teaching hospital project by UTAR.

“Apart from providing high quality and affordable medical services to needy communities, the hospital will also pave the way in providing training for medical students with a conducive environment through qualified staff and modern facilities,” he said in his speech.

He added that giving back to society was something close to his heart.

“Through this contribution, we can hopefully support the development of future generations, which can ensure a brighter future for our country.

“Hence, we try our best to play any part we can towards this as well,” he said.

Chor said the donation by Wong was timely in ensuring the completion of the teaching hospital.

“Given that the cost of completing the hospital project is estimated at about RM350mil, this contribution definitely brings us closer to our goal.

“As of now, the hospital will be completed by the year’s end, with it being fully operational by next year,” he said.

Chor added that the hospital project came about because UTAR leaders understood the importance of ensuring the health and well-being of Malaysians.

“Through this not-for-profit hospital, we aim to provide a teaching and training facility which allows high quality medical training in tandem with providing B40 communities with affordable healthcare services.

“This can also be seen with UTAR itself, which provides the lowest higher education fees among all private universities,” said Chor, who is also Star Media Group chairman.

He said that Wong’s humble contribution was also something to be commended, adding that Wong had continuously contributed towards the well-being of society.

Also present at the ceremony was Wong’s wife Datin Loh Ean, his son Tony Wong, and Star Media Group corporate special officer Loo Phan Kooi.

The UTAR Hospital is being set up by the university as its not-for-profit teaching hospital.

It will comprise a medical centre, a traditional and complementary medicine centre, and staff quarters.

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