BOOKS contain a rich heritage and a huge depth of knowledge, and it is up to readers to discover the wonders books contain.
With that in mind, Popular Book Co. (M) Sdn Bhd is organising BookFest @ Malaysia with the theme Read to Learn from today until June 4 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (Halls 1-5), from 10am to 10pm.
“The objective of BookFest is to enhance the importance of learning and to encourage a consistent reading habit, in line with the Government efforts and emphasis on lifelong learning,” said company executive director Lim Lee Ngoh.
Held for the first time in Malaysia, the event will have 380 exhibitors from five countries – China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
The event will showcase more than a million of Asia's best and latest books in Chinese, English and Malay.
A series of activities and forums will be carried out throughout the event, including cultural shows, talk sessions by renowned authors and book launches.
Authors who will be making an appearance include Peter So, Lillian Too, Azizi Ali, Renesial Leong and Prof Tai Chen Chih, while Daniel Lee and Ah Niu will be among the performers.
About 300,000 visitors are expected to visit the event, which is supported by the Education and Culture, Arts and Heritage ministries, and co-organised by LifeLong Learning and Sin Chew Daily.
Admission is free for students under 18, while others will have to buy a catalogue for RM2 at all Popular and Harris Bookstores.
Each catalogue is valid on a per day/per person basis. Season tickets valid for eight days are also available at RM8 at the ticket counter.
“The National Library Survey in 1996 revealed that Malaysian's read about two books a year, compared to two pages a year back in the 1980s” said Women, Family and Community Development parliamentary secretary Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun at a press conference on Wednesday.
“I urge all Malaysians to believe in lifelong education in order to be productive citizens, and to become a knowledge-based society in the year 2020,” said Chew.
For details, visit www.bookfestmalaysia.com or call Popular Book Co (M) Sdn Bhd at 03-9179 6333.