KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA is planning to upgrade Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman (KTAR) into a university college, said its president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He said a committee had been set up to look into its fee and course structures after the upgrade.
The members in the committee are Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung and KTAR and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) council member Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn.
“We will ensure that KTAR will continue to provide affordable and quality tertiary education to all Malaysians,” he told reporters after chairing the MCA presidential council meeting yesterday.
The MCA founded KTAR in 1969.
On another matter, Dr Chua said another committee chaired by Dr Wee had been set up to look into issues related to conforming schools (Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan).
The committee will have about two weeks to draft a memorandum to be submitted to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minis ter.
On the 1MCA Medical Founda tion, Dr Chua said the criteria for those who could apply for financial aid had been drafted and would be posted on the party’s website by this week.
Deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who was at the meeting, said a charity dinner to raise funds for the foundation to be launched by the Prime Minister would be held on Dec 13.
On the bidding of car registration numbers bearing the letters MCA, Dr Chua said he would not bid for the number plate MCA 1.
“If other MCA leaders are interested in bidding for the registration number, they can go ahead to do so but we (the party) will not help them,” he said.
Dr Chua also said party members who announced their intention to quit the party in public would be considered to have tendered a formal resignation.
“This is because some of them have gained a lot of publicity in the media when they made such announcements but when we wrote to them to ask about their status, they denied that they had quit,” he said.
THE STAR (Wednesday November 24, 2010)