Alumni-Owned Cyber Café


Mindful of the problems students of Polytechnic Ungku Omar (PUO), Ipoh face whenever in need of computers and the Internet to complete their written assignments, members of the polytechnic’s alumni chipped in to build a cyber café within the campus. This is the first ever cyber café to be built in any polytechnic in the country.

The café has 25 desk-top computers equipped with colour printers. They have high-speed broadband connection, something rarely seen at run-of-the-mill cyber cafés. The cost to build the café came to a staggering RM78,000. “This effort by former PUO students is to help enhance the academic excellence of the polytechnic,” said Mazealan Mansor, president of PUO Alumni. “It has helped to improve students’ preparedness and safety. They no longer need to leave the campus to get to the nearest cyber café,” he said.

Students pay a RM50 fee upon graduation to be life members of the alumni. This was revealed to Ipoh Echo by former PUO Director, Mohamad Jayus Bunasir, the man behind the formation of the ex-student association.

“Presently, there are over 10,000 members registered with the association,” he said. Older students who were not registered have to pay RM100 to be life members. “It’s hoped that the formation of the association would help instil love and attachment for the alma mater by former students, just like other premier schools in the city,” remarked Mohamad Jayus.

The in-house cyber café is open for business from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. daily. It charges users RM1.50 an hour, much cheaper than the privately-run cafés in Taman Cempaka.