News: Kedah to have its first digital library next year
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the Federal Government, through the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), would build the RM15 million digital library in Alor Star town. (NSTP/DANIAL SAAD)
GEORGE TOWN: Kedah will open its first digital library at the end of next year, modelled after the Penang Digital Library (PDL).
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the Federal Government, through the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), would build the RM15 million digital library in Alor Star town.
He said besides similar model to be used, the same architect for the PDL would also be roped in for the project in Kedah.
“The PDL was initiated by the Penang government, making it the first digital library in the country as well as one which operates round-the-clock.
“Since it has proven to be a successful model, we hope to replicate it in Kedah as well, which is expected to be even bigger than the PDL here. We hope that the cost can be brought lower," he told newsmen at the PDL 2 site here this afternoon.
Present were NCIA chief executive Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John and Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairman Jeffrey Chew Gim Eam.
Jebasingam said the proposed digital library up-north was in the design stage and it would operate in the first quarter of next year.
“However, the full operation will only be in the end of next year. It will have the same concept as the PDL, namely an old unused building and another annex building.
“We will try it for Kedah first before deciding on expanding it,” he said, noting that the software support was crucial in ensuring the success of the digital library.
On a separate matter, Lim said NCIA has projects worth RM2 billion to be rolled out, which would benefit all four northern region states, under the 11th Malaysia Plan.
Among them is the RM77 million Collaborative Research Engineering Science and Technology (CREST) Centre and the RM10 million Centre of Excellence (TEST) at NCIA Technology Development Centre.
“We want to leverage on the existing advantages of Penang in terms of manufacturing, services and high technology so that we can expand not only the economic potential but also business opportunities and investments in this region,” he said.
Concurring, Jebasingam said NCIA would continue to implement high-impact and strategic projects, not only to create job and entrepreneur opportunities but also increase the people’s income.
He said CREST would gather experts in electrical and electronic (E&E) fields, and they would be given training towards Industry 4.0.
“Until now, 134 research and development (R&D) projects have been carried out, benefiting 77 experts from the local institutions of higher learning.
“We have also managed to produce 10,000 talents from this high-impact programme,” he added.