THE much-anticipated Perak IT Mall in Ipoh is officially open.
Located at Tasek Square, the 3,716sq m mall with over 80 retailers selling various IT products under one roof was officially opened by state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon in a simple yet meaningful ceremony last week.
In his speech, Dr Mah said the conceptualisation and opening of the state’s first IT mall, a local version of the famous Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur, was in itself a success story.
“Like the Chinese proverb that goes, ‘after many obstacles only do you see a beautiful view’, I believe that is what the birth of this mall is like,” he said.
The developers of the mall, he said, initially wanted to have the mall at the premises of the former Super Kinta Departmental Store.
“But because the state government wanted to use the building to set up an Urban Transformation Centre (UTC), they had to find a new place.
“Hence, the mall was moved to its present venue,” he added.
Expressing hope that the mall would help expand the IT industry in Perak, Dr Mah said if indeed successful, the same model could be adopted across the state.
Dr Mah also spoke on the need to create a bus stop at the mall.
“Visitors have said that unless they drive or take a taxi, it is a hassle to get to the mall by bus since the nearest bus stop is a distance away,” Dr Mah said, adding that he would bring up the matter in the next state executive council meeting.
Some 5,000 people have visited the mall since it opened its doors on Oct 10, in search of bargains for items ranging from notebooks to tablets, mobile phones and printers.
Central to the mall’s display is a Notebook World for visitors to touch, feel and experience notebooks before purchasing them.
It also has two restaurants for visitors to take a rest in and have their meals.