National Book Council of Malaysia launches 50 Best Titles in Frankfurt

Frankfurt, October 10 – National Book Council of Malaysia (Majlis Buku Kebangsaan Malaysia or MBKM) today launches its 50 Best Malaysian Titles for International Rights 2012 in Frankfurt Buchmesse, Germany.

Speaking at the launch, Encik Abdul Wahab Ibrahim, Director of MBKM, told that selecting 50 titles was not easy as many proposed have good quality contents. However, after processing all the titles, 50 best ones met the criteria of reflecting Malaysian culture and have what it takes to travel across border. Encik Wahab added that it is the hope of MBKM to start an ongoing endeavour to promote excellent Malaysian books to the international market. If in 2010, the local market saw some 15,000 books have been produced, MBKM hopes to increase the figure to 26,000 per year.

Encik Abdul Wahab Ibrahim

Here are the list of 50 Best Malaysian Titles for International Rights 2012:

Art/Art & Crafts: 1. Shadow Play 2.  Crafted in Malaysia  3. Wayang Kulit Melayu Traditional Kelantan  4.Susur Masa  5. Batik Malaysia

Biography: 6. Portrait Of A Thousand Smiles  7. Biografi Tun Abdul Razak  8. Kanang

Children: 9. Longhouse Days  10. Kailash  11. Puteri Tioman  12. Siri Merah Cinta Kita  13. Hikayat Hang Tuah  14. The Malaysian Art Book for Children  15. DearYayah,The Series

Cooking: 16. Malaysian Favourite Recipes  17. 1 Hari 1 Resipi: 365 Resipi  18. Gourmet to Health  19. 300 Menu Ramadhan &Syawal   20. 202 Khasiat Herba

Environment: 21. Taman Negara  22. Ocean Tapestry  23. Antartica  24. Siri Pendidikan Alam Sekitar: Pemeliharaan dan Pemuliharaan Hutan Hujan Tropika

Fiction: 25. Mustafa Kamal Atartuk  26. King of The Sea  27. The Beruas Prophecy  28. Antologi Karya Sasterawan  29. Legenda Elfarren  30. Adam dan Hawa  31. Tiara Pesona  32. A Cold Wind Blows

Islam: 33. Indahnya Hidup Bersyariat  34. Biografi Muhammad bin Abdullah  35. Fundamentals of Syariah in Islamic Finance

Malay Classic & Award Winning Titles: 36. The Old Man at The Foot of The Mountain  37. Cinta Sekerdip Embun  38. Senja Kala  39. Panglima Awang  40. The Last Day of An Artist  41. Le Champion  42. Antologi Cerpen Berunsur Islam – Cinta Masitah  43. Laut Takjub

Non Fiction/Language/Finance/Social: 44. Peribahasa Melayu  45. Catatan Latiff Mohidin  46. Empayar Melaka: Tradisi Agung Melayu  47. Nuansa Nusantara  48. Arowana: Ikan Hiasan Bernilai

Poetry/Play: 49. At A Plank Bridge – A Play  50. At-Tariq

In line with the objective to promote Malaysian culture, the theme of Malaysian Pavilion this year is ‘Wayang Kulit‘. Those who attended the launch were entertained by a Wayang Kulit performance played by a Tok Dalang (puppeteer) specially brought to Frankfurt from Malaysia.

 Also present to witness the launch was Datuk Dr Shahruddin Md Salleh( Chairman, ITBM), Tuan Haji Khalid (DBP), Encik Tuan Haji Hasan Hamzah (President, PKBM) dan Prof. Dr. Hishamuddin Jamaluddin (Chairman, UTM Publisher).

MBKM has been consistently participating in overseas book fairs together with local publishers at an international level. The participation is not just about book trading but to gain opportunities to learn about new technologies as well as to learn about different cultures and ideas.

MBKM was established by the Ministry of Education in 1968 based on UNESCO’s recommendatory that proposed all developing nations have a special body responsible for the inculcation of interest in reading and be the driving force behind the development f the book industry.

With the motto ‘Books enrich the mind’, MBKM’s aims to be the nation’s catalyst for the development and progress of the book industry. Do visit MBKM’s website for more information.

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  1. kak emila, thanks so much for sharing this. i hope you don’t mind that i copy pasted the 50 books list in my book blog 🙂 have fun in your trip!

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