KUALA LUMPUR, 22 Dec 2008: Love stories and entertainment magazines remain a favourite read among the public compared with academic books says Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) deputy director general Kamarul Zaman Shaharuddin.
He added that entertainment magazines and books featuring love stories are always prominently displayed on the shelves of book shops and enjoy very good sales.
“It is really sad to see our community showing a great deal of interest in such books compared with books that can provide vital information and knowledge in building a learned society,” said Kamarul after attending the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and DBP here today.
Kamarul added that books published in Malay had a very high commercial value as 300 million people speak Bahasa Melayu throughout the world.
Meanwhilem, according to UMT vice Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr. Sulaiman Md Yassin, the MoU was aimed at publishing books in the field of Maritime Science and books that can enhance the Malay language. — Bernama