PETALING JAYA: The Star's 16-page collector's issue saw brisk sale when it hit the streets last night here and in Penang.
Braving the rain and traffic, members of the public made their way to the newsstands and selected venues to get a copy of the special edition that featured the last day of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister and the handing over of leadership to his successor Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Copies on sale at the headquarters in Menara Star here and The Star office at Bayan Lepas in Penang were snapped up within minutes.
Expatriate Carlos E. Perez-Cruz said he was amazed that the special edition could hit the streets so fast.
It's amazing. The event of installing the fifth Prime Minister had just happened and The Star can have the papers printed and distributed within the same evening. This is fast,'' said Perez-Cruz, who was having his dinner at a restaurant at Plaza Mont' Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, when he was given a free copy.
Perez-Cruz, from Puerto Rico, said he had collected over 200 copies of collector's issues from around the world, adding that they would be precious keepsakes.
We are foreigners and what happened today is history in the making for Malaysia and we need to keep them for our future generations,'' he said.
Another The Star reader, Juliana Abdul Rahim, was pleasantly surprised when the newspaper's circulation team handed her a free copy at a McDonald's outlet in Kuala Lumpur.
I'd heard about The Star printing a collector's issue and have been waiting for it to hit the newsstands but getting it free was certainly a pleasant surprise,'' said Juliana, who was among those who received sponsored copies.
There were 42,000 sponsored copies that were given away free. The sponsors were corporations, hotels, shopping complexes, schools and politicians.
Other areas where the sponsored copies were distributed were the Damansara toll plaza, in the vicinity of Mydin Supermarket and Semua House at Masjid India and at Terminal 1 in Seremban.
Forty-eight thousand copies were on sale in selected 7-11 outlets and petrol kiosks in the Klang Valley, several newsstands like MyNews.Com at Mid Valley Megamall and the Airport Shop at KL International Airport.
The collector's issue is sold at RM1 per copy and all proceeds will be donated to the People Living With HIV/AIDS Drug Assistance Scheme.
Representatives from two of the main sponsors, Big Corp A Berhad and Kolej Legenda education group, were present to receive the special edition hot off the presses at the Star Media Hub in Shah Alam.
Limited copies of the collector's issue are available at Menara Star today.
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