KUALA LUMPUR, AUG 12 (Bernama) -- With an estimated 500,000 visitors expected, the organiser of BookFest@Malaysia 2009, to held here for 10 days beginning Aug 22, will not be taking any chances with the influenza A(H1N1) virus going around and screen all visitors to the fair.
Executive director of Popular Book Co (M) Sdn, Bhd, Lim Lee Ngoh, said all entrances to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), the venue of the book fair, have screening machines.
She said screening machines will be at the main lobby, east wing entrance, west wing entrance and centre court, while sanitizing products and hand towels will be made available in all toilets during the fest.
"Members of the public and visitors would be requested, on a voluntary basis, to undergo temperature screening, sanitize their hands as they enter the venue and wear the free masks that would be handed out before entering the exhibition hall," she said at the launch of the fair by Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung.
Lim said paramedics will be put on standby at level three of the venue, and if necessary will send suspected cases to hospital for further tests adding that internal temperature screening also will be conducted on working staff during the bookfest period.
She said posters from the Ministry of Health reminding the public on the precautionary measures for H1N1 will also be posted inside the exhibition hall and around the centre.
Meanwhile, Hou said picking "Reading is Inspiring" as the theme of the book fair could boost the reading habit among the people, especially the young.
He said the reading culture should be instilled among children at an early age and that parents should play a vital role by making sure their children nurtured reading habits while still young.
The book fest will be participated in by 275 publishing houses, books and stationary distributors from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Malaysia with 509 booths showcasing English, Chinese and Malay titles as well as multimedia products, stationery, music albums, with numerous bargain and special discounts. --BERNAMA