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Malaysia’s First Audiobook Platform Preserves Rare Classics By Getting Local Celebs To Read Them Out Loud

Malaysia’s First Audiobook Platform Preserves Rare Classics By Getting Local Celebs To Read Them Out Loud

Kirat Kaur

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Audiobooks and podcasts have been steadily gaining popularity over the last few years, but did you know that there’s a Malaysian platform dedicated to preserving local classics?

Check out Nusantara Audiobooks, Malaysia’s first audiobook platform that offers Malaysian literature works across several genres such as biographies, history, literature, politics and Young Adult.

Some recognisable titles include the works of national laureates Shahnon Ahmad and A. Samad Said, as well as the entire collection of the Sang Kancil classics in both English and Malay.

But instead of merely presenting the audiobook, these tales resonate with some of Malaysia’s most iconic voices!

There’s Sejarah Melayu narrated by iconic actor and singer M. Nasir, Hikayat Abdullah – the autobiography of Munshi Abdullah – narrated by veteran actor Wan Hanafi Su, celebrated actress Adibah Noor reading No Harvest But A Thorn and actor Tony Eusoff’s deep voice reading A Doctor In The House, the biography of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Aside from breathing new life into Malaysian classics, these audiobooks also serve as an invaluable archive with recordings by the late Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim on I, KKK and Mahadzir Lokman Imam on Di Kota Paris and Risalah Tentang Toleransi.

Nusantara Audiobooks programme coordinator Fikri Fisal told Malay Mail that the platform actually exists to preserve classical books. Hence, the highly impressive collection of Malaysian literature.

In fact, the platform began in 2016 as an initiative by the Selangor State Government and the Selangor Public Library with the goal of making important literature works accessible to the public.

One of the motivations for the state library is to make sure they are preserved in audio format since the copies are rather hard to find.

Fikri Fisal, Programme Coordinator of Nusantara Audiobooks to Malay Mail.

To begin your audiobook journey, register at Nusantara Audiobooks online (HERE) or download the smartphone application (HERE).


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