JOHOR BARU: About 90% of all books used in the country’s libraries and universities are imported materials, said State Education Department, Islamic education sector chief, Yazit Kechik.
Goh (left) explaining the carnival to State Education Department, Islamic education sector chief, Yazit Kechik (two from left)
He said there was an urgent need for local books to be published locally to meet the domestic needs.
“Today we are importing more than RM2bil worth of books from abroad while not much of exporting our own books overseas,” he said at the opening ceremony of the “Karnival Buku Melayu” in Danga City Mall recently.
Yazit added that the basis for the development depends on the strength and knowledge especially by using their native language (Bahasa Malaysia).
He also said that the country cannot rely on the imported reading materials only and need to have more of such materials in encouraging the public to make reading as one of their routine.
Also present, librarian from Sultan Ismail library, Tengku Tarmizi Tengku Aziz.
At the event, some hundreds of visitors thronged the first day of the “Karnival Buku Melayu” fair here hopping to grab good bargains on a wide range of books offered.
A visitor, Gan Ya Ting, 31, said that she was hoping to get books suitable for children below the age of six years old.
“When I saw the advertisement about this carnival, I decided to try my luck to find good children’s book at a good price as these day books are expensive.
“Usually I will buy few types of books including some exercise books for my children as I want them to get extra knowledge from what they learn in school,” said the mother of three.
Another visitor, Nur Anisah Mohd Shobri, 20 said that she loves reading since she was a kid as her mother always encourage her to get use to the reading culture as one of her routine.
“By having a mini library at home, the passion for reading made me a book lover and always love to read wherever I go,” Anisah said.
Meanwhile, Popular Book Co. (M) Sdn Bhd special project senior manager Helen Goh said: ”We had allocated over 200,000 books for the fair this year to ensure that customers especially those who come from far were not disappointed. We also offered about 10,000 book titles, at more than 50% discounts.”