MANAGEMENT and Science University (MSU) pledged to contribute 1,000 books worth half a million ringgit to Perpustakaan Raja Tun Uda in Shah Alam.
MSU Global Affairs and Strategic Communication senior vice-president Datuk Rosli Yusof said they would contribute books in specialised areas.
MSU’s chief librarian Suzana Hamzah will be responsible for choosing titles for the contribution.
“We hope the books chosen can benefit the community,” Rosli said, adding that they would be handed over to the library in stages.
“The first batch (of the contribution) consisted of 497 books,” he said, adding that the university would ensure the books selected would enhance the knowledge of readers.
MSU president Prof Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid said the books would cover fields like business management, hospitality and tourism.
He added that the contribution materialised, thanks to the efforts of Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
“We are lucky to have a Sultan who loves reading and acquiring knowledge. He always targets books that are for the betterment of the people,” he said.
“When I was young, to be successful, you would have to source for content in a library but now the extent of content has changed.”
As a source and guardian of knowledge, he said, the management of libraries faced challenges.
“We will support the library and co-operate further in other programmes,” he added.
Library director Mastura Muhamad said the Ruler had earlier discussed the required books for the library with Prof Mohd Shukri.
“The Sultan is a book lover – this noble characteristic has turned out to be beneficial for the people of Selangor,” she said.
Mastura said the Sultan had initiated the book contribution by giving away his own collection to the library.
“The Sultan had also stated that souvenirs for him during his official functions can be in the form of books, so that he can give these to the library after reading them,” she said.
The six-storey library has 200,000 books, with different zones for children, teenagers and adults.
In 2005, the Selangor State Public Library was awarded a bigger building in a premier golf resort in Section 13, Shah Alam, by the Sultan to mark the declaration of Selangor as the first progressive state in Malaysia.
The new 18,921sq m Raja Tun Uda library has received 4.9 million visitors since it opened its doors to the public in July 2011.
Among its facilities are a multipurpose hall, theatre, creative zone, gymnasium, auditorium and a multimedia area.