The Econsave Sin Chew Charity Night (Econsave星洲华教义演) for UTAR Hospital Fundraising and UTAR 20th Anniversary Dinner was organised for the second time on 6 August 2022 at HGH Convention Centre, Sentul.
The Econsave and Sin Chew Daily Charity Show was jointly organised by Econsave, Sin Chew Daily, Guang Ming Daily and UTAR to raise funds for UTAR Hospital. The night successfully raised RM4,309,380.00 for UTAR Hospital.
Deputy Minister of Education I, Ministry of Education Malaysia Senator Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon was invited to the Econsave Sin Chew Charity Night as the guest of honour to officiate the opening ceremony. Dato’ Mah was representing the Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong.
Dato’ Mah mentioned in his speech that it has been 20 years since the establishment of UTAR. “Throughout these two decades, it is undeniable that UTAR has educated many young talents as well as attained uncountable achievements,” he enthused.
He emphasised that UTAR is a university ‘by the people, for the people’, hence building a hospital is one way for the university to give back to the community. He added, “UTAR Hospital will provide vital services to the people of Kampar and its surrounding communities; services that will not only impact the health of our communities but also ones that can be leveraged in healthcare facilities across the country for all Malaysians.” Dato’ Mah also mentioned that he was grateful for the support given by the generous philanthropists, donors, organisations and the community to UTAR Hospital.
Econsave Cash & Carry Sdn Bhd General Manager Wong Yun Fatt expressed his appreciation to the participants for their attendance and support. He emphasised, “The first Econsave Sin Chew Charity Night was held in December last year. It successfully raised RM2,340,729.00. This time, however, we managed to raise RM4,309,380.00.”
Wong also mentioned that Econsave has been collaborating with Sin Chew Daily since 2017 to raise funds for schools in need. He hopes that it will serve as a starting point for the community to contribute to education. He enthused that he and his team are very honoured to be part of this fundraising event for UTAR Hospital, which is a meaningful initiative to nurture medical talents as well as provide medical services to the community and nation. He hopes to see UTAR Hospital become a pivotal hospital for the locals and bring development to Perak.
Sin Chew Executive Director and Sin Chew Daily of Media Chinese International Ltd Chief Executive Officer Koo Cheng said, “When UTAR announced its intention to raise funds for the hospital, I saw many philanthropists, donors, organisations and people from the community responding to it enthusiastically. This reflects the recognition UTAR gained from the society, especially the Chinese community.”
He added, “Where there is recognition, there will also be expectations. Although these expectations could bring pressure to UTAR, I believe they could also drive UTAR to its success. UTAR will always remember and stick to its mission and goal – as a university by the people for the people by giving back to the community and providing high-quality services to the community.”
UTAR Education Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Sak Cheng Lum said, “For more than 20 years, the UTAR Education Foundation Board of Trustees have worked hand-in-hand with UTAR to nurture and grow the university until its successful outcome today with two significant campuses, more than 76,000 alumni and now, the establishment of the UTAR Hospital in its Kampar Campus. This expedient growth and the successful establishment of both the university and the hospital are reflective of UTAR’s positive culture and sustained commitment towards continuous improvement, investment in resources and time, and efforts in building quality and excellence in teaching and learning, and research and development.”
He added, “Most importantly, the greatest key to the success of UTAR and the establishment of the UTAR Hospital is the great synergy among the Board of Trustees, the UTAR Council, the University Management, the staff, the students, the alumni and the people. The combined efforts of everyone fulfilling the same goals and the dedication to work until success is attained- these are the seeds that led to the expedient and successful blooming of UTAR and recognition for its achievements by the various ranking authorities.”
UTAR President Ir Prof Dato’ Dr Ewe Hong Tat in his opening speech thanked all donors as well as the people and the community for the trust and support given to the Hospital. He expressed his deepest gratitude to Econsave, Sin Chew Daily and Datuk Eddie Heng Hong Chai, who under the Malaysian Chinese Language Council, sponsored the Charity Night dinner and venue.
He added, “We are extremely grateful to Econsave and Sin Chew Daily for this Charity Night and also for their consistent support in raising funds for the development of UTAR Hospital. This is the second charity event organised for the fundraising of UTAR Hospital. Last year, they helped to raise RM2.43 million for the hospital.”
Prof Ewe also emphasised, “UTAR Hospital will be a not-for-profit hospital that will serve the people and everyone who needs it. The Hospital will offer Western Medicine and Traditional and Complementary Medicine including Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. UTAR Hospital aims to elevate the quality of medical services and contribute to the improved well-being and healthcare of the local and surrounding community.” He also welcomed medical specialists, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, medical practitioners and nursing staff to join UTAR Hospital to serve the people and community.
At the climax of the opening ceremony, all distinguished donors were invited to the stage for the Lighting, Drum and Gong Ceremony, held to show appreciation for their kind support and donation to UTAR Hospital.
Present at the event were UTAR Chancellor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, UTAR Education Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Sak Cheng Lum, UTAR Hospital Board Chairman Ir Academician Emeritus Prof Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Econsave Cash & Carry Sdn Bhd Executive Director Lai Sia Ling, Econsave Cash & Carry Sdn Bhd General Manager Wong Yun Fatt, Sin Chew Executive Director and Sin Chew Daily of Media Chinese International Ltd Chief Executive Officer Koo Cheng, Sin Chew Media Corporation Bhd Communications and Promotion General Manager Tan Kim Chuan, Guang Ming Daily Sdn Bhd General Manager Cheah Chin Wah, Malaysian Chinese Language Council President and Chairman of the Management Committee of HGH Convention Centre Datuk Eddie Heng Hong Chai, UTAR President Ir Prof Dato’ Dr Ewe Hong Tat; Distinguished Members of UTAR Education Foundation, board of trustees, UTAR council, and UTAR Hospital board; representatives of Econsave, Sin Chew Daily and Guang Ming Daily; distinguished donors, UTAR staff and members of the public.
UTAR Hospital is a non-profit hospital that will not only provide medical and health services to the community but also provide practical training for the University’s medical students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The establishment of UTAR Hospital will also benefit Kampar and the surrounding communities with increased socio-economic activities and better access to quality medical services.
For more information on UTAR Hospital and donations to the hospital, please go to the following website: https://hospital.utar.edu.my/