Thursday, May 1, 2014


Surrounded by books,books and more books. The intellectually stimulating environment at the ongoing
Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2014

ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh was on a shopping trip to Kuala Lumpur recently. However his intention was purely for the benefit of ISDEV as he was there to purchase books for ISDEV Resource Centre.  He was seen on a buying spree at the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2014 (KLIB 2014) which is being held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) since 24 April, 2014 until 4 May, 2014.

Prof. Syukri (2nd from left) seen here with Pehin (2nd from right) delighted with the books purchased at KLIB 2014

However this trip was made more special as Prof. Syukri did not shop alone. He was presented with a great opportunity and honour as one of the distinguished members of the ISDEV Advisory Council, Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Raja Dato Seri Laila Jasa Hj Awang Abdul Rahman Hj Abdul Karim was with him throughout the shopping haven of books.

The books contributed by Pehinas as a waqf to ISDEV

In fact what was more astounding and fortunate was that Pehin generously donated a total of 106 books of various genres to ISDEV. All these books were purchased at the exhibition. The genres include Research Methodology, Islamic Economics, Islamic Politics, Human Management and a set of Tafsir Ibnu Kathir (Volumes 1-10). The books are estimated to be worth RM8,000. Pehin had generously endowed them as a waqf to ISDEV Resource Centre.He hoped that these books willbe well referred to and utilised by ISDEV lecturers and students alike.

Some of the books bought at KLIB 2014

ISDEV Resource Centre (or previously known as ISDEV Mini Library) serves as an additional reference room where ISDEV member can get academic reference material such as dissertations, theses, books, journals, proceedings and other reference materials for their research purposes and studies. Computer and internet facilities are also available to facilitate members to do their assignments.

ISDEV staff diligently indexing the books with the"waqf" label

This contribution of books has definitely increased the number of reference materials at ISDEV Resource Centre. It is thus hoped that the materials found within ISDEV can help ISDEV students specifically to enhance their research repertoire as well as fostering a culture of enhanced reading among them.

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