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Friday September 30, 2011

Biggest floating book fair in town

PORT KLANG: The world's biggest floating book fair the MV Logos Hope has arrived at the cruise centre here.

The vessel, with almost half a million books from over 5,000 titles, will be here until Oct 23, Logos Hope managing director Gian Walser said.

“The ship is making its maiden voyage around the world and Malaysia is the first eastern country we are berthing at,” Walser said yesterday during the book fair's opening ceremony.

Book lovers: Visitors browsing for books on board the MV Logos Hope at the Port Klang Cruise Centre Thursday.

The vessel had previously docked at Penang and will be making its next stop at Kuching before proceeding to Kota Kinabalu.

Some 130,000 people are said to have visited the ship in Penang.

Logos Hope is not just a ship with many books or a travelling international community. It is, in fact, a vision to make a difference in this world.

“Our sole purpose is to bring knowledge, help and hope to the people around the world,” Walser said.

The book supply is from donors in United Kingdom and United States, while several publishers had also donated their books, he said.

“Our store has never run out of supply as we have good Samaritans filling them up,” he added.

Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Senator Heng Seai Kie said the book fair was a good way to learn the diversified culture around the world.

Impressed with the non-salaried volunteers and crew on board, Heng also expressed hope that more Malaysians would take part in the journey.

There are now five Malaysians on board the Logos Hope, including a doctor, while another 25 are expected to be recruited soon.

The fair will be open to the public from 10am to 10pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 3pm to 10pm on Sundays. It will be closed on Monday.

Tickets only cost RM1 and admission is free for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult.

The books cover a range of subjects including science, sports, hobbies, cookery, arts, medicine, languages and philosophy.

MV Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships e.V. an international charitable organisation registered in Germany.

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