VARIOUS efforts are being carried out to encourage the reading culture among Malaysians.
This, will in turn, encourage the publishing industry in the country.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said this in his keynote address at the 2019 Beijing International Publishing Forum. It is a large-scale forum that gathers publishers from around the world.
The Beijing International Book Fair is also held at the same time.
Maszlee said in a statement, that the country will look into how it can create a dynamic ecosystem between the two countries’ book industries.
The ministry through Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) has launched 10 well-known works of the country’s National Laureates at the Beijing International Book Fair. These include “Warkah Eropah” by A Samad Said and “Tivi” by Shahnon Ahmad.
“These books were translated into the Chinese Language and published in cooperation with DBP and the Guangxi Normal University Press.
“These works will be marketed throughout China, ” said the ministry in a separate statement.
Meanwhile, Maszlee recently received a courtesy call from Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) president Salihin Abang and his team.
“During our discussion, I have requested the assistance of MIA in coming up with the Accountancy Education Masterplan 2020-2030.
“This will cover students of all ages from primary, secondary, tertiary and also Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) education, ” he said in his Facebook post.
By 2030, he added, it is projected that Malaysia will need 60,000 accountants. However, there is a huge shortfall currently.
While the demand is growing, he said the supply-side is worrying.
“This is where MIA comes into the picture to regulate and develop the accountancy profession to support economic growth and nation building.
“MIA has also offered its expertise to assist in the ministry’s efforts to face the challenges of IR4.0, as accountants will also have an important role to play.
“Malaysia, which currently chairs Seameo, will also emphasise on the existing Asean Chartered Professional Accountant (Asean CPA) to facilitate the mobility of accountancy service professionals across Asean member states, ” he said.
Through the strategic objectives, Maszlee said he hoped to see the accountancy profession stay relevant to business and market demands, be nurtured with values and ethics, and consistent with global standards and best practices.
He added that Malaysia will continue to offer its expertise in accountancy education to Asean member states in its effort to promote the adoption of best practices on standards and qualifications.
Maszlee also held meetings with AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Berjaya Group executive chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan.