STUDENTS in the modern era need to read more newspapers and keep themselves updated with current news, said Penang Island City Council (MBPP) councillor Wong Yuee Harng.
Wong, who sponsored RM5,000 worth of The Star ePaper subscriptions to SMJK Chung Ling, said the sponsorship funds came from MBPP and that it was part of its social responsibility to engage with schools.
“Hence, I thought it would be good to sponsor the ePaper.
“More and more people are choosing to read materials online and since MBPP is going green, we thought that sponsoring the ePaper would be best as it involves reading digitally without the use of any paper.
“This is also a way for the younger generation to read newspapers,” he said.
Wong, who represented MBPP, presented the RM5,000 mock cheque to SMJK Chung Ling principal Soo Seng Poh at the school’s premises in Ayer Itam recently.
Soo said the school was very grateful for the sponsorship as it was a meaningful social responsibility shown by MBPP in engaging with schools.
“This initiative will enable our students to read the ePaper and keep themselves updated with current news, especially those concerning the country as The Star covers many different news angles.
“It will also allow students to brush up their language skills and learn English through a different way,” he said after receiving the mock cheque.
Also present was Star Media Group circulation (north) assistant manager Eileen Ooi.
Subscribers of The Star ePaper will have full access to the digital version of The Star as well as four other regional papers – China Daily Asia Weekly, The Jakarta Post, The Nation and The Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Each subscriber may connect up to three devices at each time of use.