Gong Xi Buku to reignite love for books

KL Book City in its moves to encourage more Malaysians to read, has organised ‘Gong Xi Buku’ in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KL Book City in its moves to encourage more Malaysians to read, has organised ‘Gong Xi Buku’ in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — KL Book City in its moves to encourage more Malaysians to read, has organised “Gong Xi Buku” in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

Besides celebrating the New Year, KL Book City has also used this opportunity to enliven the celebration of International Book Giving Day which falls on February 14, where the whole world were celebrating Valentine’s day.

The editor of KL Book City Mohamad Shamsul Amin Md Yusuf said not many knew about the book giving day which fell on the same date with Valentine’s day.

“This is our first time organising this kind of event and coincidentally it is Chinese New Year, so we combine it together. We as the hub for the book industry are trying to promote the celebration to the people.

“The celebration is actually known internationally and now we are trying to introduce it here,” he told Bernama here, today.

Mohamad Shamsul Amin said this programme could create awareness and encourage more organisations, premises, and non-governmental organisations to celebrate and enliven the book giving day.

“On the 14th of February, instead of giving roses and chocolates, you can also give books to your loved ones as it can create a very good impact to our society where more people would be giving and receiving books.

“It can influence them to read books. What is most basic and important is when parents give books to their children to read,” he added.

Commenting further on the programme, Mohamad Shamsul Amin said everyone that came to the programme had to bring their own books to be exchanged with others.

Gooi Sai Kaan, 42, said the program promotes good culture among the society to give and read books.

“I get to know about the programme from the social media and it looks interesting. I bring my own books to give to my friends,” he said.

Meanwhile Mimi Salleh, 44, said besides giving books, the programme helped her in making more friends. —BERNAMA

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