To thank the generosity of Ajiya Berhad for donating RM1.5million to UTAR Hospital, the Ajiya-MSEF Link Bridge was named and officially launched on 13 April 2022 at the T&CM Centre of UTAR Hospital.
Gracing the launch and mock cheque presentation were UTAR Chancellor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and his spouse Toh Puan Ena Ling, Group Managing Director of Ajiya Berhad Dato’ Chan Wah Kiang, Chairman of UTAR Education Foundation Board of Trustees Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Sak Cheng Lum and his spouse Puan Sri Sak, UTAR Hospital Board Chairman and UTAR Council Member Ir Academician Emeritus Prof Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, UTAR President, Interim CEO of UTAR Hospital and Member of UTAR Council Ir Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat, General Manager of Asia Roofing Industries Sdn Bhd Mr George Ng Yew Cheok, Principal Practitioner of T&CM Centre Assoc Prof Dr Te Kian Keong, UTAR Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong, UTAR council members, esteemed guests from Ajiya Berhad and its subsidiaries, UTAR Hospital staff and UTAR staff.
In his speech, Tan Sri Sak said, “UTAR Hospital is part of the growth and expansion of UTAR as a private university for the people by the people. Just as UTAR was set up as a not-for-profit university to provide quality affordable education to the people, UTAR Hospital will also be a not-for-profit private hospital providing affordable and quality medical services to the people. The construction of the Hospital will cost RM330million and UTAR seeks the support of the community to participate in our fundraising efforts.” He added, “We are very grateful to Ajiya Berhad for their donation of RM1.5million towards the development of UTAR Hospital. This enables the hospital to progress further. As our way of expressing our utmost thanks to Ajiya Berhad for the donation, the launching of the Ajiya-MSEF Link Bridge is also held in your honour.” He also expressed his joy to witness the launching of the Ajiya-MSEF Link Bridge which connects the T&CM Block to the Medical Block.
Echoing Tan Sri Sak’s sentiment, Dato’ Chan in his speech said, “UTAR’s guiding principle in running the university/hospital has always been what I yearn for, and running a university and hospital is not an easy task. As a businessman, I uphold the concept of ‘taking from the society and giving back to the community’. So I make this humble contribution to this kind of effort which will benefit the society. However, the future operation of the hospital still requires the continuous support of the public. Now, Ajiya Group has taken a step forward, and hopes that this donation will serve as a good starting point to attract more enterprises to support and contribute to UTAR Hospital.”
The donation of RM1.5million was presented by Dato’ Chan to Tan Sri Sak during the mock cheque presentation. It was witnessed by Tun Ling, Tan Sri Chuah, Prof Ewe, Mr George, UTAR Planning and Development Committee Advisor Tan Sri Hew See Tong and UTAR council members, namely Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn, Mr Hew Fen Yee and Datuk Lim Si Cheng.
The ceremony ensued with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially mark the launch of the Ajiya-MSEF Link Bridge and subsequently ended with group photographs and a luncheon session.