The government has emphasized the culture of reading and will continue to support the organisation of the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair (KLIBF) as well as other book fairs and book publishing activities as an educational and cultural enterprise, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Ismail added that such programmes will strengthen the reading culture among Malaysian families.
Thus, he urged the Ministry of Education through the National Book Council of Malaysia (MBKM) and other relevant agencies to make greater efforts to develop the local book publishing industry and encourage related activities.
“I also call on all members of Keluarga Malaysia to adopt a culture of reading, to create a civilized, knowledgeable society with a great personality. KLIBF is the country’s largest book fair that can be a catalyst for the development of the book industry and foster a culture of reading as well as creating a knowledgeable society,” he said.
He said this at the opening ceremony of KLIBF 2022 at the Kuala Lumpur World Trade Centre (WTCKL) on Saturday (4 June).
Also present were Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim and Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah.
Ismail said that a successful nation is one that reads, and in the effort to uplift the nation, the culture of reading should be nurtured continuously.
“The development of a country also depends on its people who are knowledgeable, positive-minded, hardworking, and competitive. Knowledge can be acquired through the practice of reading,” he said.
He then called on authors, publishers and all stakeholders in the book industry to play their respective roles in producing quality books and further strengthen the industry.
Ismail said such efforts could support growth and foster the continuity of nation-building through the culture of reading.
“Our failure to maintain a culture of reading not only undermines and destroys the government’s efforts to build a successful nation-state, but also ‘kills’ not only the book industry but also authors,” he said.