THE long-awaited Al-Itqan Education Centre in Teluk Kumbar, Penang, is scheduled for completion by 2023.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the project, which would be undertaken by Penang-based Ideal Property Group, is targeted to commence work soon this year.
“This project will be developed at a cost of RM15mil.
“The building will be constructed by Ideal Property Group as part of the condition imposed by the state to provide social amenities within their housing project, ” he said in his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony of the centre on Saturday.
Chow said that for the past 10 years, the state had imposed conditions on developers in order to meet educational needs in the state.
He said the construction of the centre was a condition imposed on Ideal Property Group in an application for the development of PR1MA (Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia) houses in the northeast district.
“The delay that occurred before this was due to the application process, planning and approval of the PR1MA housing development which was tied together with the development of the school, ” he said.
Chow said the school would feature four blocks of five-storey buildings and is scheduled for completion and commencement of intake by 2023.
The centre sitting on a three-acre (1.2ha) site of wakaf land will have 51 classrooms, four laboratories, four meeting rooms, three multipurpose halls and two prayer rooms among its amenities.
Other facilities include teachers’ and administrative office, canteen, kitchen, wuduk space, medical room, resources centre, utility room and washrooms.
Present at the ceremony were the founder of Al-Itqan Education Centre Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz, Ideal Property Group director Datuk Alex Ooi Kee Liang and chairman of Al-Itqan Education Centre management board Prof Madya Dr Abdul Halim Abdul Aziz.
Meanwhile, Mohd Rashid said he and the school board would organise a fundraising event to collect at least RM1mil for the school’s furniture and equipment.
“When the school building is completed, we still need to find funds to buy equipment and furniture for students to use, ” he said.