PENANG: The new Han Chiang Chinese Heritage Centre has been urged to establish links with other libraries such as Penang Library, Universiti Sains Malaysia Library or Universiti Malaya Library.
“The centre should have links with the Penang library network so that it will be able to exchange documents and receive data updates regularly,” Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said.
Speaking at the centre's opening at Han Chiang College here, Dr Koh said the state would donate some computers to the centre as an encouragement for it to set up the links.
He commended Han Chiang College for setting up the centre as it would provide resources for better understanding of the Chinese community.
“The state welcomed the setting up of such a place as it would promote better cultural understanding within the society,” he said.
Earlier, Dr Koh cut a ribbon to mark the centre's opening and unveiled a plaque after a Chinese cultural performance of drums and dance.
Present at the ceremony were Han Chiang College board members Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping, Datuk Seri H’ng Bok San, Datuk Khor Teng Tong, Datuk Khor Teng How and the government affairs attache of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Yang Ling-zhu.
The RM500,000 centre, which used to be a hostel, has over 10,000 Chinese books and magazines contributed by scholars and Chinese associations.
The 278.7 square metre centre has a permanent picture gallery depicting Penang’s history, an exhibition of peranakan culture, an information centre and a research centre.
It is the latest addition to Han Chiang College after the setting up of the Chinese Language and Literature Department late last year.
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