Got 10 minutes?
By Jude Toyat
FROM COMPLEX MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS to the history of human civilization, no other skills are more important and fundamental to learning than the skill to read, said Dr Abdul Rahman Deen, a member of the State Library’s board of management.
“Reading helps readers generate ideas and motivate themselves. It can also bring readers to the past and lead us to the future, as well as travelling around the world. It can also make readers feel the happiness or misery of the characters in the books that they read. Therefore, let us together practice the habit of reading so we can lead a rich and meaningful life,” he said as he officiated the ‘Let’s Read Together for 10 Minutes’ programme held at the State Library on April 23.
The programme was organised by the State Library in conjunction with World Book and Copyright Day which falls on April 23 every year.
Inspired by the Earth Hour concept, a programme where people around the world would observe would switch off their lights for an hour according to a set time and date, the campaign will see participants stop what they are doing and read for that 10 minutes as a sign of commitment to foster the habit of reading.
“We can choose to read a newspaper, magazine, novel, reference book, or we can also choose to read the Koran and other religious books. The choice of reading material lies in our hands but the important thing here is that we read together at the same time and date, wherever we are.
This year, all state libraries, The National Library, Librarians Association of Malaysia, and the Ministry of Education agreed to implement the program simultaneously on the set day, date and time, that is on Thursday, April 23, starting from 10.00am to 10.10am. This was the second year it was held throughout Malaysia.
“Books serves as a platform for documenting and passing on knowledge from one generation to the next and although it is also present in digital form today, it is still considered as books. Let us cultivate the love for books in our own self and also our children,” he added.
Abdul Rahman also encouraged participants to read more in their everyday lives, urging them to visit their local libraries more often.
“Make a visit to the library as a regular activity with your families. If not every day, come every week or once a month.
“Through good reading habist, we will be able to make our shared vision of a developed nation a reality because without the mastery of knowledge, we will only leave the vision merely a dream,” he said.