Malaysian's own sole Royal Professor Ungku Aziz consider internet and television as "enemy" to books because they erode the habit of reading amongst society as what Malaysia is currently facing.
Some loves associating reading with teaching and academicians although it is not necessarily true. Did you ever come across a lass reading the latest economics magazine somewhere near Maybank headquarters? If you do, then you will be surprised to know that she is not a teacher or an academician. She is a banker, by profession.
My point? Everybody reads and everybody should make reading as a habit especially when the Sun, Oriental Daily news and even Malay Mail are "free"newspapers that one can pick up from the many stands around the Klang valley.
Now there is a chance for all bookworms(and magazine worms) to join in and participate in a Malaysian Book of Records event. Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor (PPAS) will be hosting "Hari Ilmu dan Gerakan Membaca Perdana Negeri Selangor 2010" on 26th June 2010 whereby the organiser is expecting 10,000 participants to converge to Taman Tasik PKNS Shah Alam from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and read books of their choice (please bring your own books).
HRH Sultan Selangor is said to grace the event when HRH will take a bout tour across the lake to see his royal subjects reading books at the lake's peripheral areas.
Economists always believe that "There is nothing as free lunch". This time around the organisers are said (well, don't take my word for it, yet) that breakfast and lunch will be provided for the participants. F.O.C.
Now that the date, time and venue is made known, why not make it a point to circle the date 26th June 2010 and encouraged as many as possible to join the event.
This person will love to see the songkok tinggis, PERKASA, UMNO, MCA, MIC, PKR, PAS, DAP, HINDRAF, Gerakan, PPP, SABM, EPIC, Perkida and the rest to converge to Taman Tasik Shah Alam armed with their books to read (no book throwing, please!)
For those who have extra books for donation, you may do so during the event as collections bins will be provided at specific areas.
In short, can we expect your attendance on 26th June 2010 at Taman Tasik Shah Alam from 8:00 am to 2: 00 pm with a book of your choice? Please bring your own umbrella and mat for comfort....and don't forget your picnic basket, just in case...
Me? I am off to catch some sunshine in Pulau Redang and catch up with some reading of my own before 26th June 2010. Me and my books...will that make me a teacher? Heh heh heh... for me to know, for you to find out.... (that means no posting in the next 10 days or so....)
Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...