Setback for group's efforts to promote Tamil books

Compiled by CHOW ZHI EN, JAROD LIM and R. ARAVINTHANThe Tapah Tamil Writers, Readers and Cultural Association was in the midst of organising the opening ceremony for the Tamil book section at the Tapah public library when the movement control order (MCO) went into effect, reported Makkal Osai. The association had worked closely with the Tapah library to get approval for the Tamil book section and was hoping to introduce the facility to the local Tamil community. This was part of the association’s effort to welcome more youngsters to the library to encourage reading and writing habits, chairman M. Rameswari said. Despite the setback, the association is continuing its efforts online by encouraging reading and writing activities through their social media platforms. As part of this, they also organised a stay-at-home collective reading session in conjunction with World Book Day on April 23. Members and followers were encouraged to share pictures and videos of themselves reading their favourite books, magazines, and the like.The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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