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Thursday, December 30, 2010

KL Children Book Fair 2010 Pictures

The first KL Children’s Book Fair 2010, which was held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) for five days, was truly an experience to remember.
120 exhibitors took part in the fair, with a total of 250 booths.

A day before the book fair, we were in PWTC to set up our booth.

Books were arranged neatly on the shelves and display stands. We even had a TV set up!

As the booth was up and ready, the KWY team was all geared up to start business with gusto.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Datuk Abdul Ghafar Mahmud, Education Director General, on behalf of Y.B. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Minister of Education.
Our booth received a good flow of customers throughout the 5-day event, especially during the Christmas weekend. The variety of books and posters that we displayed brought smiles to parents and took away their worries of finding good quality reading materials for their precious little ones.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Season's Greetings

To all our friends and associates,
"Season's Greetings &
        Best Wishes
   for the year 2011"
We will be closed on 25 December 2010.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pesta Buku Kanak-Kanak (First KL Children Book Fair 2010)

Date   : 22 - 26 December 2010
Venue: Hall 3, Putra World Trade
               Centre (PWTC), 
               Kuala Lumpur
Time   : 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Admission is free!

Come and visit us at
We are located at the main entrance, 5th booth on the right row.

Among the highlights of the fair are:
  • Daily Science show by Petrosains Mini Discovery Centre
  • Daily Animal petting session by Zoo Negara at the main stage
  • Chinese language themed Pavilion

Friday, November 19, 2010

Karnival Jualan ORI Pictures

Y.B. Dato' Tan Lian Hoe, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, stopped by our booth and was briefed on our publications that were pirated in many countries.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Karnival Jualan ORI

To all our valued customers,

Date: 12 - 14 Nov. 2010
Venue: Hall 3, Mid-Valley Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Time: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Stand: 40 & 41


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Deepavali Greetings

Wishing all our Indian friends, valued customers and associates
"Happy Deepavali!"

We will be closed on Friday, 5th November 2010.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Correspondence Address

To all our valued customers,

Please be informed that with immediate effect our NEW correspondence address is as follows:

                    Kohwai & Young Publications (M) Sdn Bhd,
                    15, Jalan Seri Sentosa 3A,
                    Taman Seri Sentosa,
                    6.5 Mile Jalan Klang Lama,
                    58000 Kuala Lumpur,

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

We are featured in Frankfurt Book Fair's blog!

The indomitable duo
by Magali Tardivel-Lacombe

Meeting with Kohwai and Young, founders and directors of the publishing house bearing their name, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

You have heard of Asterix and Obelix, right? Laurel and Hardy? How about Kohwai and Young? Believe me, they also deserve their moment of fame as another indomitable pair!

As soon as we crossed the threshold of their publishing house, before even catching a glimpse of our two subjects, we easily inferred that they were a couple of characters. The receptionist politely informed us that we had to remove our footwear and put on one of the pairs of flip-flops stored in some lockers nearby. By a stroke of luck, Jeremy and I immediately found our exact size. Then we waited in front of a large pool rippling with some lovely fat carps. Kohwai later told us that raising fish is his favourite pastime, so he just had to have some at his office as well!

Young was the first one to welcome us, in the company’s mini bar. We finally entered the large, brightly-lit meeting room where Kohwai sat like a king at the head of the table.

As his thick, black sunglasses immediately suggested, he is blind. We hardly need specify that the traffic accident which cost him his sight at age 24 changed his life. At the time, he was working in an advertising firm, and he had to leave his job. “Then one day, I had an idea. My children, who were then aged 2 and 3, showed me a terrible black and white alphabet book. I could still just make out the pictures. The book really was awful! Yet, it has been published by the biggest Malaysian publisher. So I thought to myself, if that’s the case, I wouldn’t mind being the smallest Malaysian publisher. That was how it all began. And deep down inside, I wanted to show my children that they didn’t have just a blind father, but an injured father, whose disability didn’t keep him from still being competent, and even brilliant!” Young, his colleague and friend from the earliest years, followed him into the adventure — dare we say “with his eyes closed”?

Today, the two sidekicks are over fifty, and have a catalogue of over 400 titles to their name. Their flagship idea is to design illustrated, western-style books at Malaysian prices. On the face of it, that means making the books available to the most underprivileged children. But digging deeper, the goal is indeed to eventually reach western markets. The vast majority of books are in English to facilitate exporting and sale of copyright, especially at international book fairs. What’s more, the seven authors who work for the publishing house are North American, and all work by correspondence. Not only are several of the titles published by Kohwai & Young an adaptation of the classics of western literature, such as the Fables of La Fontaine, Andersen, Grimm or Perrault, but their illustrations are decidedly international. Kohwai states, “I still have 4% of my sight in my left eye, so I can work on the books by almost touching them to my face. I can only see bright colours, so that fits my job perfectly since children love those types of colours, kind of like how women only like cash!” He lets out a hearty laugh.

“You understand,” adds Young, “if you want to concentrate on the international market, you must make books that everyone can accept, and which children will spontaneously love. That’s why we adopted a semi-realist style, like Walt Disney. Our illustrators are trained in that technique, and that is what constitutes our strong point in comparison with other Asian publishers whose illustrations are left more to chance and avoid realism, for example in how they draw castle architecture.” With this method, which they pursue thoroughly by bringing back best-selling books from their travels and using them as references, Kohwai & Young can boast of being one of the leading Asian publishers exporting their children’s books to Europe.

Translated into more than 24 languages in over 30 countries, their bestsellers (around 80 titles) have sold over 500,000 copies. First prize would have to go to their large atlas of the world, which has sold over 2 million copies. “This book is a good example of how we work. It costs only 10 ringgits here [about EUR 2.50], but sells for USD20 in the United States, not only because it is printed on better quality paper, but also because its price is adapted to the American market. It’s a killer product for us.”

Despite these international activities, the two buddies do not forget their own country. In addition to children’s books on learning English, they also publish Malaysian legends in English and Malay. Although two books of the local legends series, 'The Princess of Mount Ophir' and 'Si Tanggang The Ungrateful Son' won the 2008 prize for illustration at the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), neither of the two publishers is particularly proud of the fact. “For us,” Young states, “if a book wins a prize, that means its popularity will quickly die down. What is rewarded is inventiveness, and originality. That means the book will only attract a small number of readers, and that we will have to stop printing it only a few months later since, in reality, no one is buying it.” The Malay catalogue therefore mainly lists Western classics and educational books, such as the brightly-coloured ABC book we previously mentioned Kohwai dreaming of. “The leading Malaysian publisher kept its market position, but now I am second, just behind them, so I’m happy with that,” he chuckles.

Kohwai & Young use all possible and imaginable channels to make their books available throughout Malaysia: bookshops, of course, but also supermarket chains, nurseries and public libraries, and even door-to-door sales which work quite well. The books are also used as a premium by the milk and chocolate companies in their promotional packages.

In the end, even though we get the impression that these two businessmen are not really passionate about literature, I nevertheless ask them my trademark question about which book they would take to a desert island. They burst out laughing, and it is finally Kohwai who answers by saying without batting an eyelid: “On a desert island, I wouldn’t have any time to read. I would be too busy looking for Eve!”

                                                     Kohwai and Young also have a blog!

Source: http://www.frankfurter-buchmesse.eu/en/magali/?p=2173

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hari Raya Greetings

Kepada semua sahabat yang beragama Islam,

"Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
       Maaf Zahir dan Batin"

Daripada kami semua di
Kohwai & Young

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


To all our valued customers,

Please be informed that the entrance to our office is now at No. 15. (See map below.) Kindly use this new main entrance with effect from 23 August 2010 (Monday). The old entrance at No. 12, 14 and 16 will no longer be opened. Thank you.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Picture Dictionaries!

Send us an email or call us for enquiry!

2000 Words in Pictures

Send us an email or call for any enquiry!

Kad Imbas Bestari

Send an email or call us for any enquiries!

New Board Books!

Send an email or call for enquiry!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


To all our valued customers,

Please be informed that Mr. Eric Phang Yoon Jian (Marketing Executive) (NRIC: 830923-14-5527) is no longer in our employ with effect from 30 July 2010. He is not authorized to conduct any business/transactions and collections on our behalf.

For any future business dealings, please contact:
                Mr. James Goh (H/P No.: 012-303 1245)
                Mr. Nick Leong (H/P No.: 017-209 3624)
                Ms Tam Carmein (H/P No.: 012-663 3809)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Our newly-designed vans

Introducing to you our newly-designed vans to serve you better!

Pesta Buku Negeri Selangor 2010 Pictures

The Sultan of Selangor, DYMM Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah came by our booth and was presented with a few books as a token of appreciation by our COO, Mr P. L. Young

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pesta Buku Negeri Selangor

Come and visit us!
Date: 25 June-5 July 2010
Venue: Kompleks PKNS, Shah Alam, Selangor
Stand Number: C12 & 13

New Release!

Pocket Aesop's Fables Series (12 titles)
Set ISBN: 978-967-317-851-3

Siri Fabel Klasik Poket (12 tajuk)
Set ISBN: 978-967-317-864-3

  • Book size: 102mm (W) x 133mm (H) [4" (W) x 5 1/4" (H)]

  • No. of pages: 16

  • Full colour throughout
Price (West Malaysia): RM1.95
       (Sabah & Sarawak): RM2.15

Collect all these books today!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Belajar Solat (Set Pelajar)

ISBN: 978-967-317-005-0
  • Saiz buku: 222mm (L) x 298mm (T)[8 3/4" (L) x 11 3/4" (T)]
  • Bilangan muka surat: 24
  • Berwarna
  • Jilidan pin
  • Dengan cakera padat video percuma
Harga (Semenanjung Malaysia): RM15.90
                          (Sabah & Sarawak): RM17.50

Belajar Solat (Lelaki/Perempuan)

Belajar Solat (Lelaki)
ISBN: 978-983-191-877-7

Belajar Solat (Perempuan)
ISBN: 978-983-191-707-7
  • Saiz buku: 222mm (L) x 298mm (T) [8 3/4" (L) x 11 3/4" (T)]
  • Bilangan muka surat: 16
  • Berwarna
  • Jilidan pin
Harga (Semenanjung Malaysia): RM5.90
(Sabah & Sarawak): RM6.50

Educational Posters

                                                     Map of Malaysia
ISBN: 978-983-3536-30-6

ISBN: 978-983-3536-31-3

The World
ISBN: 978-983-191-124-2

  • Poster size: 762mm (W) x 508mm (H) [30" (W) x 20" (H)]

  • Lamination both sides
Price (West Malaysia): RM6.90
       (Sabah & Sarawak): RM7.60

Poster Pendidikan

Belajar Solat Subuh dan Solat Maghrib (Lelaki)
                                     ISBN: 978-983-191-965-7

              Belajar Solat Zohor, Asar dan Isyak (Lelaki)
              ISBN: 978-983-191-698-4

              Belajar Solat Subuh dan Solat Maghrib (Perempuan)
              ISBN: 978-983-191-687-2

              Belajar Solat Zohor, Asar dan Isyak (Perempuan)
              ISBN: 978-983-191-688-9

                                             Mengenal Huruf Jawi
                                         ISBN: 978-967-317-634-2

                                         Mengenal Huruf Bahasa Arab
                                          ISBN: 978-967-317-635-9
  • Saiz poster: 508mm (L) x 762mm (T) [20" (L) x 30" (T)]
  • Berlamina di kedua-dua belah
      Harga (Semenanjung Malaysia): RM5.90
                          (Sabah & Sarawak)      : RM6.50

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Posters!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Activity Books!

All titles are available now!
Fax / E-mail / Call us to place an order!