KUALA LUMPUR: The highly-anticipated annual BookFest@Malaysia is here.
This year’s theme, “Read More, Malaysia ... Embrace The World”, invites everyone to explore the benefits of reading while reminding them that many doors open to those who read.
At the official opening yesterday, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said reading has always been the core method of acquiring knowledge since ancient times.
“A well-read individual will invariably influence those around him or her, and a well-educated society continues to improve and advance because its people are well-read,” she said.
She also said that parents play a pivotal role in helping children shape their future and that a love for reading will serve them well.
“If you are looking for great quality reads, BookFest@Malaysia is the place,” she added.
Organised by Popular Book Co (M) Sdn Bhd, the largest trilingual book exposition in the country is in its 12th edition this year. It starts today at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
Popular Holdings Ltd chairman Desmond Wee said the company remains committed to instilling a love for reading in Malaysians young and old despite the onslaught of e-books and e-bookstores.
He said Popular believes that reading is “the one thing that can change our lives”.
BookFest@Malaysia comprises 678 booths featuring publishers and distributors from Malaysia, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States.
The nine-day book exposition has three pavilions dedicated to English and Malay titles, Chinese reading materials, as well as stationeries, gadgets, IT products and snacks.
There are activities such as writing workshops, author meet-and-greet sessions, feng shui talks, colouring competitions, cooking demonstrations and trivia contests during the event.
Popular Book Co (M) Sdn Bhd executive director Lim Lee Ngoh, Popular Holdings Ltd group chief executive officer Chou Cheng Ngok, Sin Chew Media Corporation Bhd chief executive officer and executive director Koo Cheng and group chief operating officer Tan Chee Yuen, and the Taiwanese Culture Ministry’s humanities and publications department director Chu Jui Hao were also at the opening.
BookFest@Malaysia 2017 is open from 10am to 10pm daily and ends on July 2. Sin Chew Daily is co-organiser. Admission is with every purchase of the BookFest catalogue priced at RM2.50 each, or RM10 for multiple entries. The catalogue is available at the entrance and all Popular and Harris bookstores.
Entry is free for students aged 18 and below and those aged 60 and above.
For more details, go to facebook.com/BookFestMalaysia. Star Media Group is media partner for BookFest@Malaysia 2017.
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