03RD OCTOBER 2020 – TDM Berhad had successfully organised the first Pasar Buku Ganu in Kuala Terengganu at the parking space next to TDM’s group office today.
This event was officiated by YB Ustaz Ahmad Shah Muhamed, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Bandar. Also present at the event were TDM Board of Directors, Group Chief Executive Officer, and senior management team.
TDM Group Chief Executive Officer, Zainal Abidin Shariff said, “Pasar Buku Ganu is named after Terengganu’s state. It is one of TDM’s initiatives in organising events or programmes that can directly benefit Terengganu’s community, especially where we operate in. The main objective of this event is to encourage reading habits amongst the community in Terengganu. This event also provides visitors the exposure to different classic and historical reading materials together with other contemporary reading materials.
Our plan is for it to be held every month, but it depends on the current situation of the COVID-19 crisis”. Pasar Buku Ganu will be a platform for book enthusiasts to exchange reading materials, adding more books to their collections, and for the community to gather and further explore their interest in reading. Not only that, visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy displays of classic books that may not be accessible out there.
Pasar Buku is no stranger to the community in some areas, especially in Bangi, Selangor, and Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Pasar Buku Bangi and Pasar Buku Kota Bharu have always received encouraging responses from visitors every time the event is held. We are looking forward to getting cooperation from various parties in making the next Pasar Buku Ganu, an event that facilitates the birth of a knowledgeable community, a success,” he added.
There were more than 12 stalls selling and exhibiting books in addition to many exciting activities at the event, including Sesi Bedah Buku Tangisan Bangsaku, written by the late Arifin Ngah, poetry recitation, health talk, and free health check from Kuala Terengganu Specialist Hospital (KTSH). The program also received cooperation from Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia cawangan Terengganu and Persatuan Sasterawan Terengganu (PELITA) – the pathway to their building next to the event venue was open to visitors to walk in and see the collections of paintings and books there.
Given the COVID-19 crisis, today’s program was held following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) recommended by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. The number of visitors entering the venue was also controlled to ensure that it was not crowded, and physical distancing could be done accordingly.