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.