New home in Kepala Batas for community centre


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Aug 2003

BY IZATUN SHARI

PETALING JAYA: A community centre under the Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia which focuses on educational activities and skills development will be operational by January. 

To be called Pusat Budi Penyayang, the two-storey centre will be located on a 0.84ha area in Bertam, Kepala Batas.  

It will encompass a library, three classrooms, two meeting rooms, three workshops, a computer room, a music room, a hall with a stage, and an auditorium.  

Yayasan Budi Penyayang chief executive officer Leela Mohd Ali said the community centre would also focus on developing batik production skills. 

“We are thinking of teaching people batik-making skills. It can go a long way in ensuring that Malaysian batik is of a certain quality. We hope to encourage the young to venture into batik making,” she said at the foundation’s head office here yesterday. 

Leela said computer training, which was aimed at narrowing the digital divide, would be for adults who were not IT-literate. 

“We will work with computer training schools to manage the computer room,” she said, adding that the music room was included in the plans with the idea of forming a brass band. 

She said the centre had to be built as previously the foundation had to rent space for its activities. 

Therefore, she said, the foundation bought the land from Penang Development Corporation, and Yayasan Al Bukhary would sponsor the construction of the centre. 

Leela said the foundation wanted to complement the efforts by the state government in Kepala Batas by focusing on human resource development. 

“We want to see balanced development in Kepala Batas,” she said, adding that the foundation anticipated that the centre would attract youths who were looking for venues for their activities. 

“I would like to stress that the centre is open to all races as we want to see the spirit of solidarity in our multi-racial society.”  

She said the centre would have a resort-like appearance to attract the local community. 

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, who is also the foundation chairman, are set to attend the ground-breaking ceremony at the site tomorrow.  

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