Kuala Lumpur recognised as World Book Capital 2020

(From left) Education Ministry’s International Relations division undersecretary Imran Abdullah, Denison, Khalid, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan and Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka deputy director Datuk Abang Salehuddin Abang Shukran at the event yesterday to announce Kuala Lumpur as a World Book Capital in 2020.

EACH constituency in Kuala Lumpur will have at least one learning facility by the end of 2019, courtesy of Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWP).

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad, who is also YWP chairman said the foundation has allocated RM350,000 for the learning facilities called Mini Terminal Sejahtera (Mints).

Mints is a joint venture programme between YWP and DBKL to provide the low-cost housing community a space that can support learning and education development for all ages.

It aims to ensure that Mints is a safe, effective and conducive environment for children to study, do their homework and daily revision.

It will also house reading facilities such as tables, desks, whiteboards, air conditioning, CCTV and a mini library, among others.

“We are aiming to have at least one Mints in a selected People’s Housing Project in each constituency,” he said at the press conference after the official announcement to recognise Kuala Lumpur as the World Book Capital 2020 at Kuala Lumpur City Hall headquarters in Jalan Raja.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Exchange Organisation (Unesco) external relations and public information sector, publishing and branding section chief Ian Denison made the announcement at the event.

Commenting on Kuala Lumpur being selected, Khalid said it was a recognition of the city’s high level of commitment to encourage reading through various initiatives.

“There are seven Mints currently in operation at PPR Kerinchi, Kampung Limau, Sri Cempaka, Pantai Ria, Desa Tun Razak, Kampung Baru Air Panas and Sungai Bonus. YWP is expanding Mints services to Batu, Wangsa Maju, Kepong, Bukit Bintang, Seputeh, Segambut and Cheras constituencies.

Reading culture should be encouraged especially in the young, who are the nation’s future.

Through the slogan “KL Baca: Caring Through Reading” we will activate the wave of reading through the period from April 23, 2020 until April 22, 2021.

Besides Mints, many other efforts will be arranged including setting up of book lanes and floating library in Sungai Gombak.

The underprivileged and marginalised communities like the homeless, disabled, orang asli, immigrants, orphans and detainees

will also provided reading materials at food distribution points, and detainees at the police detention centres.

“We also have international programmes like Kuala Lumpur Sharjah Festival, World Book Capital Global Award, Asean Cultural Festival and the establishment of World Book Capital Global Network Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur, that will function as the communication and information headquarters recognised as World Book Capital in the past,” he said.

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