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Annabelle Lee  |  Published:  |  Modified:

MALAYSIANS KINI | Nazir Harith Fadzilah was studying engineering in Melbourne, Australia when he fell hard for secondhand bookshops. It was in Australia that he stumbled upon a book of Malay poems which would set him on his mission.

Returning to his hometown of Ipoh last year after six years abroad, the 29-year-old got straight to founding Tintabudi, a secondhand bookshop where he sells books on literature, philosophy and art as well as an impressive selection of Malay literature.

"This is the first edition of A Samad Said's 'Salina', which was published in 1961," he said, squatting over a box of books, all kept in individual plastic ziplock bags.

Tintabudi - tinta means ink in Bahasa Malaysia while budi means kindness - is a humble operation.

 

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