The draw of crowd to the BookFest @ Malaysia has been overwhelming even though I expect Kuala Lumpur City should not be bustling with heavy traffic Jam like during Normal work days , especially when this week is the golden holidays week , where most people would have gone back to their home town to celebrate the Ramadan Holidays .
Maybe Truly Bookfest@ Malaysia could be organising a Mega sales that could be one of its kind bustling with Special deals from Books to stationary , as I noticed the halls were crowded
Among bustle and hustle and I noticed most visitors moving towards the main stage where it is organise like a speaker’s corner for Author and Publisher to talk about their books
As I moved towards the stage , the PA system announced, “Lets Welcome Tun Dr Mahathir “ , Well I can understand why the crowd now as our truly patriotic Former Prime Minister of Malaysia has always been a draw of crowds at any occasion where he has been invited , and this round he is here at the Bookfest for the launch of the Chinese edition of his memoirs “A Doctor in the House (yi sheng dang jia) “with loud applause from the crowd
While maintaining a consistent smile, Tun Dr Mahatir took to the stage, he is appearing at the bookfest as an accomplished VIP author to promote his Books and took to his fan’s questions fielded by members of the public in a question-and-answer session.
“ I enjoyed 22 years of working and until now I still work from morning to 6pm, such as meeting people, writing and reading,” he told a crowd at the BookFest@Malaysia 2011. At this Q & A , some political question were also fielded and DR Mahathir who always has a flair with quotes answered to the floor when a person ask about the recent Bersih Demonstration;
He quoted ; "No one should be entitled to everything that he thinks he is entitled to, because everyone must make some sacrifice."
Responding to another question from the floor , who asked about how he managed to turn around Malaysia's economy during the 1997-1998 financial crisis, Dr Mahathir said:
“If you keep your money under your pillow, the economy will never grow ………the reply was jovial and a pleasant answer to the crowd who responded with applause.
On another question from a person who ask how he managed his time for his age , well he answered ;
“ People who retire, please don't just go to sleep and stay at home. Do something because if you are interested in doing things, you will live longer,” Dr Mahathir said to laughter and applause from the crowd.
I like this remark as he reminded us , to keep upgrading oneself and also keep our mind focused to acquire more knowledge with now easy access to the internet .
Dr Mahathir is the former statesman who has brought in the MSC to this country , and I believe he brings forth and open an opportunity for everybody to be able to appreciate the New Digital Media Era and how he has contributed to reduce the digital divide between the Old and the Young .