More than just books Popular fair boasts interesting programmes as well as CDs and gadgets

Crowds browsing for books on the opening day of the Popular Mega Bookfair at the Straits Quay Convention Centre in Penang. — Photos: JEREMY TAN/The Star

THE Popular Mega Bookfair has returned to the Straits Quay Convention Centre in Penang, offering visitors some of the best deals in town until Dec 9.

Besides vast selections of English, Chinese and Malay reads, one would also find a bewildering range of stationery, CDs and DVDs, titbits and IT gadgets.

Dubbed ‘Malaysia’s Largest Trilingual Book Expo’ by the Malaysia Book of Records in 2016, it also features sharing sessions, contests and workshops.

Popular Card members had the first pick of items on offer during the opening-cum-exclusive Members’ Day on Thursday.

Underprivileged children enjoying the arts and craft workshop put on by My Art Studio on the opening day.

Underprivileged children enjoying the arts and craft workshop put on by My Art Studio on the opening day

While most seeked out the latest bestsellers once doors opened, others made a beeline for the stationery and vinyl records.

A group of Hot Wheels collectors raided racks containing the diecast model cars, snapping up certain models by the dozen.

Among them was Abdul Hafeez Abdul Rahman, 35, a freelance designer and e-hailing driver who visits the book fair year after year.

“At big events like this, there’sa higher chance of getting the models we want.

“We’ll even return a few times to see if stocks are replenished,” he quipped.

The opening also saw some 20 underprivileged kids from The Salvation Army Penang Children’s Home and Pertubuhan Penyayang Chi Yun presented with goodie bags and gift vouchers.

They also enjoyed an arts and craft workshop conducted by My Art Studio, making balloons adorned with a mascot face.

Popular Book Co. (M) Sdn Bhd area manager Teh Ai Ling, who presented the goodie bags, also handed over books to beneficiary schools under the Read-Love-Share Charity Bookcase programme.

Throughout the duration of the book fair, there are special Members’ Rewards deals on selected books, electronics,stationery and accessories.

Daily Specials see prices as low as RM5 on over 120 selected items, ranging from books to IT gadgets.Selections vary from day to day.

A Purchase-With-Purchase (PWP) deal allows those spending RM60 in a single day receipt to enjoy 50% off selected utensils and gadgets.

Meanwhile, those spending RM150 will receive two RM5 Popular vouchers as well as one RM10 Bonus Treats voucher.

Abdul Hafeez (right, white T-shirt) and fellow Hot Wheels car collectors hunting for their desired models.

Abdul Hafeez (right, white T-shirt) and fellow Hot Wheels car collectors hunting for their desired models.

Besides these, mark your calendars for Authors’ Sharing Sessions such as one on cancer knowledge and treatment by consultant medical oncologist Dr Wong Seng Weng today.

Also on today are sessions on boosting business by Peter Lam and Feng Shui tips for 2019 by Xie Yuan Jing as well as cooking demos by Chef Hussin Khan and Irene Ho.

Tomorrow, Jason Shyang willl share about his Potato Couple books, while Zhariff Affendi will convince audiences that nothing can stop one from achieving their true potential.

Next weekend (Dec 7 and 8), there is a session on fitness by health guru Li Yi Xiu and aging with grace by motivational speaker Wu Juan Yu as well as appearances by graphic novelists Neko, Wilson, Black Jellyfish and Tomato.

Kids and adults alike can also sign up for various fun activities throughout the fair and stand a chance to win prizes.

The Awesome and More Children’s Colouring Competition for five to 12-year-olds is on Dec 6. Register at the fair or online at

A Little Eco Warriors Recruitment is on from Dec 3 to 6. Kids who complete a circuit of three games and two workshops will receive a badge, book, certificate and gift. Register at

Those aged 15 and above can try the Christmas Card Design: Calligraphy Competition on Dec 9 instead.

A workshop-cum-contest, it is open to the first 30 only. Register via

There are also DIY Dino Bookmark, Wagashi, Sakae Sushi-Making, Mandala, Pirate Hat Art Craft, Melt & Pour Soap, DIY Gingerbread House and Essential Oil workshops lined up on various days. Interested parties can register at

The Popular Quiz Show is also on at the stage area nightly. For event details and times, visit or the Popular Malaysia Facebook page.

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