KOTA KINABALU: Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARC) is offering 15 scholarships for needy bumiputera students from the rural area in Sabah.
MCA Penampang division chairman Datuk Paul Kong Sing Chu, said the scholarships were allocated to needy students following a request by a Christian’s non-governmental organisation.
“The request for 50 scholarships was submitted to us during our division Christmas and New Year dinner held recently at the Putera Ballroom in Bukit Padang,” said Kong who is also MCA Sabah advisor.
The application was handed over to MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong who immediately announced an initial allocation of 15 scholarships.
As a follow-up to the scholarship, Kong along with his division deputy chairman Datuk Francis Goh Fah Shun organised a tour and briefing session for members from Commission of Sabah Affairs (COSA), Perpaduan Anak Negeri Sabah and Kota Kinabalu Pastors Fellowship at the TARC Sabah Campus in Donggongon, Penampang .
The entourage from COSA was led by Pastor Chin Chee Khiong, Perpaduan Anak Negeri Sabah by Pastor Esther Golingi and Kota Kinabalu Pastor Fellowship by Pastor Daniel Chin.
“The visit was to allow them to inspect the facilities and courses offered in the campus before we look into the mechanism to process the scholarships,” said Kong.
“MCA is a Chinese based party but we are committed to assist anybody in need,” he said.
MCA Penampang would also identify a suitable site to establish a permanent campus for the Sabah branch, as he believed acquiring a university status merit better establishment.
“We have appealed to the Ministry of Education about this matter and they have given us grace period until end of 2017 to build the campus. Hopefully the permanent building can be constructed in the next two to three years,” said Kong.
“The proposed new building will have a capacity of 5,000 people and serve students from Sarawak, Brunei and the Philippines. Penampang is the ideal site for the establishment but there are several other options,” he added.
He expressed his hope that positive results would be forthcoming from the relevant authorities soon. – By Bosco Wong/Sayangsabah