Since 2005, the Perdana Leadership Foundation has been actively digitising documents and audio video materials related to the past Prime Ministers of Malaysia. These materials include speeches, books, news clippings, magazine articles, videos and audio tapes.
Our primary objective is to create a digital repository which focuses on the leadership history of our country as well as wider national development and nation-building issues. Our digitisation initiative seeks to preserve, highlight and make more accessible the policies and directions pursued by our Prime Ministers and the major issues that they dealt with during their premierships. These materials exist in their current physical forms at their various locations which limits access as well as awareness of their content.
Our digitisation efforts complement existing archiving efforts; we have established collaborations with the National Library, the National Archives of Malaysia and its related Memorials where we digitise the relevant materials in their holdings and hand over a copy of the digitised materials to the source institutions. Our copies are made available at our Library for our members who can also access the materials over the Internet.
To date, we have digitised more than 11 million pages of documents, or over 500,000 titles. We have invested heavily in the infrastructure that enable us to scan, OCR, index, store and publish our digital documents, and have also invested in search technology to enable faster, more accurate searches through our archives.
Digitisation will continue to play a major role in our efforts to document the story of Malaysia from the leadership perspective and to keep this story alive for future generations of Malaysians. For this initiative to be sustained, the public's support and contributions are vital.
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