If you are in Kuala Lumpur between now until March 28 and if you enjoy reading, head on over to PWTC (Putra World Trade Centre) where there is an International Book Fair going on.
Pllenty of good bargains on all kinds of books and educational tools from both local and foreign publishers. Occupying five halls, the book fair features 856 booths, out of which 128 are taken up by foreign publishers.
The book fair, going into its 29th year, is the biggest ever held in South-East Asia, and is endorsed by the Malaysia Book of Records. It is expected to attract about two million visitors this year.
According to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) standards, Malaysia is not yet listed as a reading nation even though the reading trend among Malaysians is improving.
The target requires a nation to have 1% publication of its total population. Currently Malaysia has about 15,000 publications, while the total population is about 27 million, according to The Star though I think the number stands at 28.5 million now.