The annual book and stamp exhibition cum sale was held over three days one recent weekend at the Tun Razak Library, Ipoh. It was aimed at creating quality family time for the public, especially during the year-end school holidays. Additionally, it was hoped that by organising such an event, creative talent could be unearthed from the younger generation. The exhibition was jointly organised by Ipoh City Council and Pos Malaysia Perak. Besides exhibiting and selling, numerous activities were lined up, especially for children. There was a colouring contest for children from 6 to 9 years old, a drawing contest for 10 to 12 year olds and a Malay language story-telling contest for children from 8 to 10. These three activities alone attracted 100 participants.
Of particular interest was the drawing contest with the theme, “Fantasy World”. Participants had to create a book cover with themselves as the author. For children below 12 years of age, their creativity was astounding.
Nine-year-old Balamuregan a/l Manivannan, from SK Methodist (ACS) Ipoh, bagged the first prize in the freestyle story-telling contest. He captivated the audience with a positive storyline on the importance of self-belief. Balamuregan, who aspires to be a pilot, has participated in story-telling competitions since he was 7 with encouragement from his mother.