View Full Version : NTU school gets $1.5m donation

30-11-2005, 04:28 PM
On a lighter note, after venting my frustration in an earlier post - today's Spore Straits Times reported that the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Spore has received a S$1.5 million (equivalent to RM3.3 million) donation from, wait for it, a certain Mdm Mahani Idris Daim.

Who she? None other than the wife of former Msian finance minister, Tun Daim Zainuddin.

The donation was made to NTU's newly established School of Humanities and Social Sciences and will be used to set up a professorship. The amount will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Spore government.

There were certainly some heavy hitters at the donation ceremony in Spore yesterday, including Tun Daim, Spore President S R Nathan, Spore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Tony Tan (former Spore DPM and now National Research Foundation chairman) and Spore Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. At the lunch, Tun Daim was seated between Pres Nathan and Lee Kuan Yew.

I don't think this was reported in the Msian mainstream newspapers (I may be wrong).

The VCs of our Msian universities must be shocked that the wife of a former political heavyweight in Msia actually went and donated money to a university in Spore!

One wonders if it has anything to do with recent furore regarding the slippage in the rankings of Msian universities in the THES survey? :rolleyes:

And of course, the Spore Straits Times got in a little dig - "She (Mdm Mahani) learnt the value of a good education when she studied here at Raffles Girls School. Now, through a $1.5 million donation to NTU, she hopes to spread that message to a new generation....."

One wonders if our own Higher Education Minister, or some of the more vocal backbenchers in Parliament would want to comment on this, or whether they decide that discretion is the better part of valour. Tun Daim is noted for not suffering fools gladly :D

01-12-2005, 02:45 AM
Well, this is a clear case of putting money to good use and donating for a good cause.

If the money had been donated to a Malaysian public educational institution, it will just go towards the setting up of committees and hiring consultants to find out the causes of the slide in our universities. :D :rolleyes:

01-12-2005, 08:54 AM
good news, our fellow Malaysians in NTU will be made proud. At last we have someone from Malaysia who cares enough to donate.

the sad fact is, many of those who ended down there were rejected by our own country race-based university enrolment system. The now world condemned QUOTA SYSTEM.

01-12-2005, 04:03 PM
Wonder how and where the tun's wife got so much dough to donate to a uni owned by a wealthy foreign nation :rolleyes:

01-12-2005, 04:27 PM
She must be a witty business woman who believe 10% of earning must be given to charity , thus from her biilions there goes ,

Must be a very very very smart woman

jus my 2 sen