Bukit Mertajam Digital Library set for completion next year


Bukit Mertajam is set to embrace its first-ever digital library, bringing a new era of knowledge and connectivity to its residents. The Bukit Mertajam Digital Library will be housed in the three-story building of Jit Sin School Union Bukit Mertajam. Renovation works are scheduled to begin soon and are expected to be fully completed by 2024.

The initiative to establish the digital library arose from the proactive efforts of Jit Sin School Union Bukit Mertajam. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow expressed his delight at the school union’s support for the state government’s mission to enhance human capital. Recognizing the potential of the digital library to benefit the community, Jit Sin School Union approached Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) to form a collaborative partnership, resulting in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two parties in September of the previous year.

jit-sin-union-digital-library-groundbreakingThe collaboration between the state government and the non-governmental organization (NGO) represents a successful endeavor that will have a positive impact on the people of Penang, particularly the residents of Bukit Mertajam. The digital library will serve as a platform for information, creative knowledge, and technology, fostering connection and interaction among the local community. This venture aligns with the state government’s focus on promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and positioning Penang as a leading center of excellence in this field.

However, the realization of the Bukit Mertajam Digital Library requires significant effort on the part of Jit Sin School Union. They are currently in the process of obtaining the necessary permits and approvals to upgrade and refurbish the existing premises. Chief Minister Chow assured his government’s support and assistance in facilitating the project’s progress.

Chow encouraged the people of Bukit Mertajam to extend their full support, including financial contributions, to Jit Sin School Union in their endeavor to establish the digital library. Once completed, the facility will be a valuable resource for students and professionals in the central Seberang Perai district. It represents a fundamental step in creating a smart technological ecosystem and fostering a knowledgeable community.

Datuk Ng Wah Sim, Chairman of Bukit Mertajam Digital Library committee, revealed that the estimated cost of the digital library is RM2.5 million. Through a fundraising event, they have already raised RM1.8 million, and the state government has provided a special allocation of RM300,000. However, additional financial support is needed to cover the remaining expenses. The approval of permits from the Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) is pending, after which the upgrade and refurbishment work can commence. Ng expressed hope for an expedited approval process, as they are dedicated to adhering to CMI’s guidelines and aiming for completion by the following year.

The upcoming Bukit Mertajam Digital Library heralds a significant development for the town, bringing the benefits of digital resources and connectivity to its residents. The collaboration between Jit Sin School Union and the state government exemplifies the successful partnership between public and non-governmental sectors, working together to enrich the community’s access to knowledge and technology. With the support and contributions of the people, the digital library will become a vital hub for learning, innovation, and community engagement in Bukit Mertajam.

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