KUCHING: What reading does to the mind is what exercise does to the body.
This pointer came from Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman who wants to start inculcating reading as a culture among Sarawakians.
Fazzrudin said for those who have yet to start but wish to make reading a habit, start by reading simple materials of interest.
“It’s like exercising. If you hardly ever jog and suddenly one morning you have the urge, you don’t jog heavily over long distance. Instead you jog lightly and for just a short distance. The next day and the following days ahead, you keep increasing the pace and the distance, that way you wouldn’t hurt your body.
“In quite the same manner, you begin with reading simple stuff that interests you and as you progress, you work on heavier stuff. I can assure you; you will find the world of reading an eye-opener,” Fazzrudin said during a sharing session programme called “My Favourite Reading” at Sarawak State Library Auditorium in Petrajaya here yesterday.
He advised against reading to impress.
“If you are a starter, you will not go anywhere trying a 300-page book.
“Remember, you read because you like what you read, and along the way you will pick up knowledge and information.
“An ardent reader becomes wide-read and knowledgeable and most of all, a person of wisdom.”
On news-reading, Fazzrudin also advised against making conclusions after reading only headlines.
He said most people who indulge in social media do not read contents but make comments based on headlines.
“My advice is, be a good and discipline reader. Understand fully what you are reading.”
The forum also featured comedians Firdaus Affandi and Afiq Wahed of the Kak Aji and Minot in Makcik Bawang videos in the social media.