Reading Culture Generates Intellects: Datuk Masidi

By Salbinous Saribun

Photo: Ernest Berinus

FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER – People, especially the younger generation should cultivate the habit of reading rather than spending so much time entertaining  social sites.

According to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, people nowadays prefer to surf the social websites and tend to forget that generating intellectuality and mindset was through reading books.

“For example, spending many hours entertaining the ‘Whatsapp’ application using abbreviated terms for certain words, and the use of symbols.  It may save time, but it actually contributes to being lazy especially in stimulating the mind to think,” he said.

He was speaking at the Borneo Book Fair organised by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) at 1Borneo, yesterday.

Datuk Masidi who is also the State Education Exco also urged the public to take advantage of the book fair and to benefit from the academic books sold throughout the five-day event.

“Take advantage of this opportunity because the culture of reading has so many benefits,” he added, describing that the practice of reading can actually prevent one from being senile.

The minister also visited some of the booth set up by exhibitors, accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Harun Abdullah and Director of UMS Publisher, Associate Professor Dr. Asmady Idris. (fl)