Chinese classics in Malay
Newly-launched books introduce kids to well-known legends and myths
By LAI PEI YEE
A series of books featuring classic stories from China was launched at the National Library in Kuala Lumpur recently.
The books were the brainchild of Universiti Malaya lecturer Dr Chong Fai Hing and his counterpart from Universiti Sains Malaysia Dr Goh Sang Seong.
“This series feature eight titles based on renowned works of Chinese literature that were translated from Mandarin to Malay and can be used to introduce the younger generation to well-known legends and myths,” Deputy Information, Communication, Arts and Culture Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie said in her speech read by National Library director-general Raslin Abu Bakar who the launched the books on Heng’s behalf.
“Local authors must realise that they have a role to play in helping the government realise the concept of 1Malaysia. Hence, they must put their writing talents to good use by producing more reading materials that promote unity among the various races in Malaysia.”
For Malaysians: Raslin launching the books on classic stories from China. With him are (from left) director of Urusan One Nusantara Sdn Bhd Koh Yok Hwa, Chong, Goh and Lee Chok Hwa look on. — »There is a high Bernamapic
Project coordinator Dr Chong said he was inspired to come up with the collection as there was a high demand for Malay books that dealt with the values and thinking of the ancient Chinese.
The eight books are available in all major bookshops throughout Malaysia such as Kinokuniya, MPH and Borders.
The titles include Mitos China Purbakala (Volume 1 and 2), Alegori Klasik China (Volume 1 and 2), Cetera Dewa-Dewi, Himpunan Cerita Pelik-Pelik. Pengembaraan Ke Dunia Barat and Kisah Ajaib Alam Fantasi.
Priced at RM10.90 each, the books are tailored for those in primary and lower secondary schools.
Source: thestar online
Posted by Editor of Gemilang Publishing, Tan Giek Lian