Sabah’s to have nation’s first ‘green’ library

Posted on April 14, 2011. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-Daily Express- Kota Kinabalu: State Library Director Wong Vui Yin said the new RM36 million five-storey Kota Kinabalu State Library building will probably be the first such “green” library building in Malaysia – it plans to use solar power for its lighting and air-conditioning systems.

Also in the works are plans to use runoff from rainwater for its toilets, he said, Wednesday, during a courtesy call and book presentation by the Sabah Chinese Writers Association to the State Library building.

The State Library would then register the building with the Green Building Index Malaysia for a “green building” accreditation.

It was originally planned to site the new KK state library building on the site of the original KK state library building beside the City Hall headquarters and work on it was supposed to start this year.

However, due to various factors, they were unable to proceed with the plan.

The State Government has offered an alternative site within the city centre. He did not wish to reveal the location as yet.

He also talked briefly about the design and inspiration for the new library saying the “design concept for the building is actually derived from the “opening of a book” and all along the sides of the building.

“We also plan to incorporate local native motifs and designs to reflect our unique local Sabah culture and heritage,” he said.

According to Wong, they have already received a RM18 million allocation from the State Government and would be applying for a similar amount from the Federal Government. They would be meeting Federal Government officials next week to discuss the funding.

He added at present the construction of State Library branches in Mattungong, Kuala Penyu and Kota Belud under the 10th Malaysia Plan first rolling plan are currently ongoing and the State Library has applied to the Federal Government for two more State Library branches to be built in Kunak and Kota Kinabatangan costing RM 6 million each under the 10th Malaysia Plan second rolling plan for 2012-2013.

Meanwhile, the Sabah Chinese Writers Association donated 40 copies of selected books published by it to the library. The 10 members of the association led by their President Leong Fung How handed over the books to Wong.

Leong extended her appreciation to the State library for displaying the association’s publications all these years and hoped readers would appreciate the articles written within the publications, especially those on the history and culture of Sabah.

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