|Anwar Ridhwan Recipient Of 10th National Literary Award
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- Novelist Datuk Dr Mohd Anuar Rethwan or Anwar Ridhwan has been announced as the winner of the 10th National Literary Award.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who made the announcement here today, said the reward was the highest accolade from the government for writers who made excellent contribution to literary development in the country through their quality works.
Since introduced in 1979, nine literary figures have received the award and they are called National Laureates.
"The award is given to writers who are still alive and writing in the Malay language and have contributed to the growth of Malay literature through their high-quality creative works, thoughts and literary activities," Muhyiddin said.
The recipient will receive the conferment letter, RM60,000 cash, the facilities to write and publish more literary works and free first-class medical treatment at the government hospitals, 50,000 copies of his book to be purchased by the government, and the opportunity to become a guest writer with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and to get his books translated into certain foreign languages.
Mohd Anuar has written four novels, four collections of short stories, four dramas, a poetry book and three essay books.
He had attended the International Writing Programme at Iowa University in the United States in (1986) and was a visiting professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (1997-2000).
He is now attached to the National Culture, Arts and Heritage Academy (Aswara) as dean of the Faculty of Writing.
He was once the secretary of Gapena (Federation of National Writers Associations Malaysia) and had received the Southeast East Asia Write Award in 2002.
Mohd Anuar was chosen for the National Laureate Award by a panel of seven language experts under the auspices of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
He will receive the award from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Aug 20 in Kuala Lumpur.