The 2012 Malaysia International Chinese Book Expo, one of the largest events of its kind in Malaysia, was opened at the Plaza Sentosa, Johor Bahru, Malaysia on July 13, 2012, and is running through July 22, 2012, with several publishers from Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan participating.
2012 Malaysia International Chinese Book Expo
Johor Bahru is the capital city of Johor in southern Malaysia. Johor Bahru is easily reached from Singapore, and receives 49.9 percent of the country’s annual $22.5 million foreign tourists via its bridges and road links to Singapore. The city is an important industrial, tourism and commercial hub for southern Malaysia and one of the biggest industrial centers of the country.
In the book fair, publishers and booksellers have on display a wide variety of genres including science, culture, arts and religion.
Ms. Deborah Tang, a Malaysian Chinese woman, who is running Manmin Publishers in Johor Baru, and Manmin Bookstore in the Eastern area of Malaysia, is participating the book fair and exhibiting Dr. Lee’s books in Chinese, English, Malay and Indonesian etc.
“We mainly publish the books of Christian author Dr. Jaerock Lee, who is the senior pastor of the 120,000-member Manmin Central Church of South Korea. Many readers who seek Bible-based pure gospel around the world have been touched by his books, so I started Manmin Publishers (MMP) at the end of 2010.” said Deborah Tang.
For this event, Manmin members in Singapore drove from Singapore to Malaysia to help Deborah Tang’s book ministry in the fair. Wearing beautiful Hanbok (Korean traditional clothes), the Singaporean Manmin members volunteered the fair at the MMP booth.
And many people have visited MMP’s booth and discussed with the book purchasing into their libraries, bookshops etc.
“I’m spreading gospel through our books and the visitors are surprised and accept Jesus Christ,” said Tang. “And, a female visitor who is in charge of a church and is very weary to go any further, found Dr. Lee’s books in the fair and became very happy. She brought her husband to the booth and they bought all of the titles in Chinese.
“I found that many souls need gospel here in Malaysia,” she concluded.
Malaysian Chinese are Malaysians of Chinese – particularly Han Chinese – descent. Most are the descendants of Chinese who arrived between the first and the mid-twentieth centuries. Malaysian Chinese constitute one group of overseas Chinese and is home to the third-largest Chinese community in the world, after Thailand and Indonesia.
A majority of the Chinese in Malaysia claim to be Buddhist or Taoist. About 11.05% are Christian (Mainstream Protestants, Catholics and other denominations including a fast-growing number of Evangelicals and Charismatics). This is largely due to the influences of Western educated Malaysian Chinese who went overseas either for studies or work.
Wong Ping Ping is former Singapore FEBC (Far East Broadcasting Company) producer and now Manmin Missionary to Singapore. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.