UTAR Education Foundation received a donation of RM5 million for the UTAR Hospital project from the Perak Chinese Mining Association (PCMA) at UTAR Kampar Campus on 31 March 2021.
Representing PCMA in presenting the mock cheque to UTAR was PCMA Advisor-cum-UTAR Planning and Development Committee Advisor Tan Sri Dato’ Hew See Tong, accompanied by PCMA President Dato’ Chin Lean Choong and PCMA Council Members Dato’ Chin Lean Keat, Oh Chew Beng, Foo Wan Lian, Lim Chin Khai, Teo Beng Suan and Leow Sui Fan.
The mock cheque was received by UTAR Education Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Sak Cheng Lum, witnessed by UTAR Council Member Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, UTAR Council Member Hew Fen Yee, UTAR President Ir Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat and UTAR Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong.
Representing PCMA, Tan Sri Dato’ Hew gave a brief introduction on the tin mining industry and the role of PCMA. He mentioned that, “The tin mining industry has played an important role in the development of the country in the past. In order to commemorate the special contributions of the predecessors of the tin mining industry to the country, we decided to donate to UTAR Hospital under the name of PCMA. We also hope this donation will ignite the spirit of giving back to the society among the future generations. We wish the UTAR Hospital project to be completed soon to benefit the society and the nation.”
Dato’ Chin Lean Choong, the President of PCMA, said, “We are very pleased and happy to be here today to hand over the donation to UTAR Hospital. This is a meaningful donation to support the UTAR Hospital. Looking back in history, the mining community and the miners have always had the objective of helping schools and hospitals since the time of our ancestors. Most of the primary schools in new villages received donations from our forefathers. It is our objective to carry on the legacy.”
Prof Ewe said that, “UTAR is indeed honoured and privileged to receive this donation of RM5 million from the Perak Chinese Mining Association for the development of the UTAR Hospital. Your invaluable support and generous contribution to the Hospital will greatly benefit not only UTAR’s medical and health science students who will receive training at the Hospital; but also the community who will benefit from the affordable medical services in both Western and Traditional and Complementary Medicine.”
The mock cheque presentation ceremony ended with a group photograph at the UTAR Hospital site in UTAR Kampar Campus.
The Perak Chinese Mining Association (PCMA) is located in Ipoh. The Association houses information on the history of tin mining in Malaysia especially the Kinta Valley, the livelihood and culture of the miners and the economic impact on the country and the families involved in tin-mining.
About UTAR Hospital
Located within UTAR Kampar Campus, the UTAR Hospital is set to be a not-for-profit hospital. The Hospital will offer affordable medical and health services in both the Western Medicine and Traditional and Complementary Medicine. The Hospital is expected to be fully operational in 2022 in conjunction with UTAR’s 20th Anniversary. Donations for the construction of UTAR Hospital are welcomed and further information can be obtained at the Hospital website: https://hospital.utar.edu.my/