Four Malaysian books among best designs at Frankfurt Book Fair
FRANKFURT: The Malaysian publishing industry, buoyed by the success of four Malaysian books making it to the final list of the Beauty and the Book Award 2017 of the prominent Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), may hold a national-level selection next year.
The head of the Malaysian delegation to FBF 2017, Abdul Wahab Ibrahim, said despite failing to emerge as the winner, the four Malaysian book covers were listed on the 10 best designs, with six others from the host country Germany.
The books were Modern Mosques in Malaysia Between Regionalism and Eclectism by Wael A. Yousef Mousa published by Universiti Sains Malaysia; Alegori Rumah Api by Mat Luthfi (PTS); Kias Tersirat: Perantauan Bertemu Melayu dan Islam di Dunia Melayu Benua by Herman Abdullah (Institute of Translation and Book Malaysia); and Tulis! Jangan Takut-takut by Zamri Mohamad (Legacy Publishing).
“The success served as the best platform for Malaysian book industry players. Perhaps next year, we will organise a selection process at the national level and nominate one or two books that have the potential to win,” he said after the prize presentation on Saturday.
The Beauty and the Book Award 2017, won by Im Licht - Im Bild, was written by German author Bernhard C. Striebel and published by Edition Monhardt.
The five-day book fair ended yesterday. – Bernama
Get app for help, cops urge public
SERDANG: Police are encouraging the public to make full use of the volunteer smartphone patrol (VSP) mobile app to report crimes in their areas.
“This will help with the gathering of evidence and making inroads into a case,” Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Megat Mohamad Aminuddin Megat Alias (pic) told reporters after a walkabout at the Kinrara morning market.
The app was introduced in March in conjunction with the 210th Police Day celebrations as part of a proactive approach to boost public participation in combating crime.
The app, which is available for free for both iOS and Android devices, allows citizens to report crimes with the inclusion of materials such as videos, pictures and locations.
Outstanding grads get a taste of the future
BEIJING: Fifteen outstanding students from Malaysian universities were picked to undergo Huawei Technologies’ “Seeds for the Future” programme.
A collaboration between the China global information and communications technology company and Malaysia’s Higher Education Ministry, the programme is into its fourth year.
Huawei Malaysia public relations senior director Simon Ng said the programme was part of its corporate social responsibility to groom talent for the company and the industry.
“We want these students, who are mainly studying engineering and computer science, to have a better idea of what the industry is about,” said Ng, pointing out that about a dozen students from the previous batches had since become his colleagues after they graduated.
At the Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen, the students (pic), who were from 10 public and private universities across Malaysia, gained work experience, interacted with world-class professionals in the industry as well as learned about the company’s latest technology.
Businesses make a plea for workers from India
KLANG: The Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) has appealed for the Prime Minister’s intervention to allow traditional Indian businesses to hire foreign workers from India.
Its president Tan Sri K. Kenneth Eswaran said the longstanding problem faced by many Indian business owners must be resolved, especially when the locals were not keen to take on the jobs.
“While many restaurants are short of manpower to cook and serve customers, other traditional Indian trades such as textile and barber shops also face problems in getting qualified workers.
“We would hire workers from Bangladesh and Nepal if they are able to perform these jobs but the problem is they aren’t,” he said after visiting traders and business operators in Little India here.
Expect ‘good news’ in next Budget
JOHOR BARU: Malaysians can expect “good news” in the upcoming Budget with several initiatives to be introduced to address the high cost of living.
Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah said the Government was aware of the problems facing average Malaysians in coping with the rise in prices.
“This is the main focus in the next Budget after taking into account feedback and suggestions from the people,” he told reporters after the opening of Bahtera 2017 (southern edition), a programme targeted towards grooming bumiputra entrepreneurs by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, at Persada Johor International Convention Centre here yesterday.
“Let the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) reveal the initiatives on Friday in Parliament,” said Dr Mohd Irwan.
Keeping the beaches clean
SEMPORNA: Some 10 tonnes of rubbish, mainly plastic bottles and tote bags, were cleared from the coastline of Pulau Mabul near here, in conjunction with a gotong-royong event organised by the 14th Battalion of the General Operations Force (PGA) based in Tawau.
Sabah PGA Brigade commander SAC Zanuddian Samsu Hadi told Bernama that the inaugural event was to help the resort island maintain its pristine beauty.
Some 300 people were involved in the exercise. Besides the PGA personnel, others included those from the Marine Operations Force, Semporna police headquarters, Eastern Sabah Security Zone, resort operators in Pulau Mabul, volunteers, tourists and locals.
MRSM mulls using e-books
BERA: Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) is studying the feasibility of implementing e-book usage in teaching and learning in efforts to reduce the load of textbooks and exercise books carried by students to school. There are 55 MRSMs nationwide.
Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the ministry would look into the matter from all aspects.
“Indeed, our country is heading towards reducing the use of paper and currently, there are e-books. But when and how to start depends on the budget and so on.
“However, in certain subjects, we will still need books,” he told reporters after attending the Bera parliamentary constituency’s Asyura Perdana event. – Bernama
Keep the peace, Perlis Ruler reminds Malaysians
KUALA LUMPUR: The Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail has reminded the people to always nurture and empower the spirit of unity in the multiracial and multireligious society of the country.
Speaking at the 2017 Perlis Night organised by the Perlis Kuala Lumpur Association here, he advised certain parties to refrain from acts that could slight the feelings of other races, including through religious criticism.
Also present was the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin also recalled his reign as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong when many developed nations, including Sweden and Finland, had praised Malaysia for the unity of its multiracial people.
He said he is proud Malaysia is considered a model country like a “mini” United Nations – an asset that should be maintained and even improved on by every level of leadership down to the grassroots. – Bernama
‘We will meet deadline’
GUA MUSANG: The Government will ensure that the new RM36.7mil bridge across Sungai Nenggiri in Kampung Pulau Setelu here is completed according to schedule next year.
Galas assemblyman Ab Aziz Yusof said the bridge, being the main link for road users of Jalan Gua Musang-Jeli, is 40% complete.
“The new bridge is important because the temporary bridge built below the river’s surface is often flooded during heavy rain,” he told reporters after inspecting the construction work on the bridge.
The old bridge was destroyed during the 2014 floods. – Bernama
Scare for woman politician
KOTA KINABALU: An Opposition politician has lodged a police report, claiming that someone tried to burn her office in Penampang.
Donggonggon Sabah Wanita DAP chief Jannie Lasimbang said she was not in the office during the incident yesterday.
However, she said another DAP member was inside and saw a burning envelope being pushed under the door.
A police report was lodged at 5.10pm.
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