KUALA LUMPUR (23 November): Malaysian Missions Abroad (Malawakil) will facilitate the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) in promoting locally published books in overseas markets, starting early next year .
Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the effort, which is part of Wisma Putra’s cultural diplomacy activities, may also connect local and international book publishers as an ongoing activity.
“The sale of books is usually done through international book festivals abroad, but it is a seasonal activity. So, I offer the services of Malawakil to continue the effort, which at the same time can connect Malaysian book publishers with international publishers.
“Wisma Putra will also play a role in facilitating the distribution and sale of books published in Malaysia, either in Malay or other languages, via Malawakil,” he said at a press conference after the presentation of a collection of books published by Penwings. Published here Tuesday (November 23).
“Of course, my main task is to promote the books published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) and the Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia Institute (ITBM) as they are government agencies. But Wisma Putra also supports independent book publishers and aspiring writers looking for opportunities at international festivals, for example. For this, we are offering the platform through the newly appointed cultural secretary of Wisma Putra, ”he said.
Besides the collections of Penwings Publishing, DBP and ITBM, the collections of “Sasterawan Negara” (national winners) are also part of the list of publications to be presented via Malawakil, Saifuddin said.
The founder of Penwings Publishing, Charissa Ong, was also present at the event, who has also written books in the genre of poetry and short stories such as “Midnight Monologues” and “Daylight Dialogues”.