PETALING JAYA: One of Malaysia’s largest book exhibitions, BookFest@ Malaysia 2008, is set to attract an estimated 450,000 visitors from May 24 to June 1.
Over 300 exhibitors occupying 500 booths, comprising publishing houses, book and stationery distributors, music companies and multimedia distributors, will converge at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
At a press conference held here yesterday, Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung said parents should make the effort to take their families to the fair.
“Being the school holiday period, parents should encourage and also accompany their children to visit the BookFest,” he said.
He added that he had requested his ministry to set up a booth on community colleges information to promote lifelong learning at the fair, which is jointly organised by Popular Book Company Malaysia, Sin Chew Media Corporation and MCA Lifelong Learning Secretariat.
Popular’s executive director Lim Lee Ngoh said the book exhibition was part of efforts to instil a reading habit among Malaysians.
“The theme for this year is ‘Reading Empowers’ and I believe that we have a vital role to play in nurturing good reading habits and building a knowledge-based society,” Lim said.
The company’s marketing director Jackie Wong said the exhibition would also promote understanding between readers and authors or publishers, and would be a platform for authors to showcase their work.
This year’s fair will feature product bargains, author appearances, concerts, contests, cooking demonstrations, and an autograph session with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on May 29.
Entry is via purchase of the BookFest catalogue (RM2 each) from Popular or Harris bookstores nationwide. The Star is a media partner in Popular BookFest@Malaysia 2008.