Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is creating a Braille corner at its community library to ensure that the visually impaired have access to reading materials.
“The reading habit should be adopted by all and libraries should be an inclusive space for both the able-bodied and the disabled, ” said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar during the council’s full board meeting.
He said the community library was working on collecting Braille books from suppliers.
“The library’s management recently went on a working visit to KL Braille Resources and Precinct 9 Neighbourhood Learning Centre to learn about and understand the facilities required.
“They discussed with the relevant parties to ensure the Braille collection meets the requirements and needs of the visually impaired.
“We hope the Braille books will encourage them to visit the library, ” he said.
On a separate matter, Mohd Sayuthi said the city council, through its Information Technology and the Solid Waste Management Department, formed a Wastech team to develop an online portal called ecoReloved, which would sell pre-loved items.
The items sold are from personal donations or those collected during spring-cleaning programmes organised by the city council.
Some of the items, which are in poor condition, will be upcycled by the 3R department before they are recorded for inventory.
All the items will then be sold below market value or donated to those from the B40 category through MBPJ’s welfare programme.
The city council hopes ecoReloved will benefit Petaling Jaya residents as it works towards becoming a leading dynamic city, based on the council’s 2021-2025 strategic plan.
MBPJ also hoped that with the success of this project, the use of information technology would be expanded and included in other aspects of council management.