MALAY LANGUAGE COUNCIL, SINGAPORE
(Majlis Bahasa Melayu Singapura)
MALAY LITERARY AWARD 2011
Malay Literary Award
1. Malay Language Council Singapore (MLCS) is organising the Malay Literary
Award 2011. The award is part of the council’s effort to recognise Malay language
writers. MLCS has been organising the Literary Award since 1993 as a biennial event.
For this year, the Malay Literary Award 2011 will also mark the end of the Malay
Objectives of Malay Literary Award
2. The objectives of the Award are:
i. To recognise writers that have produce high quality works;
ii. To develop and encourage writers to produce works in Malay language;
iii. To encourage publication of high quality works; and
iv. Promote Malay Literary in the community.
Malay Literary Award 2011 Presentation Ceremony
3. The Malay Literary Award 2011 Presentation Ceremony will be held in July
2011. The details are:
Date : Saturday, 30 July 2011
Venue: Shangri-la Hotel
Time : 3.00pm
Guest-of-Honour: Dr Yaacob Ibrahim
Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts
And Minister -in-charge of Muslim Affairs
Malay Literary Award Organising Committee
4. The Malay Literary Award Organising Committee is chaired by Mr Masagos
Zulkifli Masagos Mohd, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. The list of members is in Annex A.
5. During the presentation ceremony, 4 types of award will be presented:
5.1 Literary Award
5.2 Tun Seri Lanang Award
5.3 Promising Award
5.4 Special Award
5.1.1 Literary Award Genre
Genre Stand alone Book
Poetry 3 award (@$1000) 1 award ($3,000)
Short stories 3 award (@$1000) 1 award ($3,000)
Drama 3 award (@$1000) 1 award ($3,000)
Literature Essay /citiques 3 award (@$1000) 1 award ($3,000)
Non-literature Essay/citiques 3 award (@$1000) 1 award ($3,000)
Novel - 1 award ($3,000)
Literature Study - 1 award ($3,000)
Non-Literature Study - 1 award ($3,000)
5.5 Tun Seri Lanang Award
Tun Sri Lanang Award recipient will receive $5,000 and a $5,000 grant for
anyone who is interested to conduct a study on the works or the recipient of
5.6 Promising Award
This award worth $3,000 is given to writers aged below 40 who show
prominent potential in the literary arena.
5.7 Special Award
This year, the Malay Literary Award 2011 (MLA 2011) will be giving out a
special award to recognise the contributions of a literary figure in language
and literature. The recipient will receive $2,000.
Malay Literary Award 2009 Recipients
6. The list of Malay Literary 2011 Award recipient (Embargoed until 3.30 pm, 30 July
2011) is in Annex B.
For further information please contact:
Mr Juffri Supa’at
Secretary, MLA 2011 & Deputy Secretary, MLCS
Hp: 91389845 Email: Juffri_supaat@nlb.gov.sg
Mr Tajudin Jaffar
Hp: 96971064 Email: email@example.com
MALAY LITERARY AWARD 2011 ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Advisor Mr Hawazi Daipi Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of
Education and Ministry of Manpower)
& Chairman, Malay Language Council,
Chairman Mr Masagos Zulkifli Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs
and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
& Deputy Chairman, Malay Language
Deputy Mr Md Naim Daipi MLCS
Secretary Mr Juffri Supa’at NLB & MLCS
Treasurer Drs Masran Sabran MLCS
Mr Tajudin Jaffar MOE & MLCS
Mdm Raihanah Mohd Said MICA & MLCS
Dr Sa’eda Buang National Institute of Education
Mdm Norilashikin Jamain National Library
Mr Abdullah Othman Andalus Education Centre
Mr Samsudin Said Arts Group
LIST OF RECIPIENTS
MALAY LITERARY AWARD 2011
TUN SERI LANANG AWARD ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR HADIJAH
PROMISING AWARD MUHAMMAD HERWANTO JOHARI
SPECIAL AWARD DR LIAW YOCK FANG
Literature Essay/ Citiques
1. Layakkah Penulis-penulis Melayu Rasiah Halil
Terima Hadiah Nobel
2. Penulisan Bukan Kerja Cuba-cuba Anuar Othman
3. Peliharalah Pantun Roslie Sidik
Non-Literature Essay/ Citiques
1. Pengajian Melayu Perlu Pembaharuan Sophiandy Sopali
2. Bahasa Lambang Identiti Bangsa Art Fazil
3.Pengajaran dari Lumba Kolek Orang Othman Salam
1. Suara Suara Rasiah Halil
2. Membilang Hela-hela Hidayat Hamzah
1. Nabil dan Nivit Hidayat Hamzah
2. Cermin Ajaib Peter Augustine Goh
3. Ruang Ismail Wardi
1. Kalimah Terakhir Amanah Mustafi
2. Titik Pertemuan Rohman Munasip
Literature Research No award given
Non-literature Research No award given
Novel No award given
Short Stories Collection ‘Satu Macam Penyakit’ by Yazid Hussein
Poetry Collection ‘Sampai di Singgahsana Cinta’ by Johar
Drama Collection No award given
SPEECH BY DR YAACOB IBRAHIM, MINISTER FOR INFORMATION,
COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, AT THE 10TH MALAY LITERARY AWARD
PRESENTATION CEREMONY 2011 ON SATURDAY, 30 JULY 20011, AT 3.00 PM
AT SHANGRI-LA HOTEL
Mr Hawazi Daipi,
Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower, and
Chairman of the Malay Language Council, Singapore.
Mr Masagos Zulkifli Masagos Mohamed,
Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
and Chairman of the Malay Literary Award 2011 Organising Committee.
Malay Literary Award 2011 Organising Committee
Recipients of the Malay Literary Awards and writers
Ladies and gentlemen
I am very honoured to be here with you at this Malay Literary Award 2011
2. The literary scene in Singapore as a whole will become more vibrant with the
integrated plan to develop literary art. And Malay literature is not excluded in
participating to reap the benefits of this positive development.
Literature and Heritage
3. Malay literature, in particular, has an important role in developing the heritage
and conveying the emotions, feelings, the pulse and voice of the community. In
producing Malay literary works, apart from the language, the content is filled with the
Malays’ thinking, views of life, philosophy and civilisation, especially in the context of
our multi-racial, multi-lingual and multi-cultural society.
4. If this diversity could be well managed and woven beautifully, readers will
certainly be attracted to learn about and to read the literary works and thereby
perpetuate our heritage through literature.
5. I am confident that as Singapore develops as a cosmopolitan city, Malay
literature will continue to get stronger support. I am also confident that Malay literary
bodies, particularly the Malay Language Council, Singapore will play a more
important role in ensuring the consistency of the quality of the literary works
6. In this matter, the Malay Literary Award has played an important role by giving
recognition to talented writers and quality literary works.
7. The Malay Literary Award which is entering its 10 th year is able to motivate
writers to contribute in a prolific manner not only quantitatively but also in raising the
quality of the literary works produced.
Government’s Support for Literature
8. The Government will continue to provide support to enliven the nation’s literary
scene. There are now various grants for writers and literary bodies to develop and
roll out Malay literary works.
9. Besides that, there are also various literary activities carried out throughout the
year for literary enthusiasts to participate in, such as programmes during the Malay
Language Month and the Singapore Writers’ Festival.
10. It is hoped that all these activities will enliven the local literary scene and
provide a platform for writers and literature enthusiasts to meet, exchange ideas and
produce even more dynamic works.
11. To further develop the potential of the local Malay literary world, we must
cultivate a new generation of writers and provide space and opportunities for new
writers to continue to hone their craft either locally or overseas.
12. For example, recently two of our young writers had the opportunity to attend the
week-long MASTERA (South East Asia Literary Council) novel writing workshops in
Bogor, Indonesia. We hope that with such exposure, these writers will be able to
sharpen their writing skills and inject freshness to the Malay literary scene in
13. We know that Singapore used to be a Malay literary and publication hub once
upon a time. I think the writers we have today are not only able to repeat this tradition,
but also have the confidence to create their own glorious history.
14. Now, with various initiatives to grow the arts in Singapore, we can certainly
look forward to having more interesting and better quality works from our writers in
future There may even be space and opportunities for writers to experiment by mixing
various media to produce more dynamic literary works.
15. What is certain is that we can expect Malay literature in Singapore to continue
to develop. Consciously or unconsciously, this transition has paved the way to widen
the space for Singapore Malay literature. Although there will be differences,
Singapore Malay literature will certainly make meaningful contributions to the
development of Malay literature in the Archipelago, apart from exploring opportunities
and establishing itself on the world’s literary stage.
16. In conclusion, I wish to congratulate the Malay Language Council, Singapore
for organising the 10th Malay Literary Award. I also wish to extend my congratulations
to all recipients of the Literary Awards. May your success today inspire other literary
writers to produce quality works and thus enrich the heritage of Singapore Malay
SPEECH BY MR MASAGOS ZULKIFLI MASAGOS MOHAMAD, CHAIRMAN OF
MALAY LITERARY AWARD 2011 COMMITTEE, MINISTER OF STATE,
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS AND MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AT THE
10TH MALAY LITERARY AWARD 2011, ON SATURDAY 30 JULY 2011, 3.00 PM,
AT SHANGRI-LA HOTEL.
Mr Hawazi Daipi,
Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower,
and Chairman of the Malay Language Council, Singapore.
Mr Yatiman Yusof
Singapore Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya
and member of Malay Language Council Singapore Board of Advisors
Mr Sidek Saniff
Former Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Environment,
and former Chairman of Malay Language Council, Singapore
Ladies and Gentlemen
A good evening to all
1. Thank you for being with us this evening at the Malay Literary Award
Malay Literary Award 2011
2. The Malay Literary Award is a continued effort by the Malay Language
Council, Singapore (MLCS) to support and encourage the development of Malay
literary scene in Singapore.
3. MLCS acknowledges that the contributions of local writers must be given
recognition. Although the award may not be worth much, it will motivate our local
writers to continue to produce works and contribute to the nation’s language and
literary development. And this objective of MLCS was fulfilled with the 10th Malay
Role of Literary Figures
4. The literary scene is very important in the language development because the
literary scene is a critical platform to promote more actively the language usage
through the beauty of the words in literary works, which are more than just words.
5. Not only that, through the literary works, the thoughts and values of the
language users community can also be expressed through creative and interesting
story-telling. Through literature, readers are called upon to think, assess and discuss
the issue raised.
6. Now, with the development of technology, literary writers can also produced
work not only in print media, but also electronically through the various media
available now. We can, thus, through new media now, enrich and widely promote the
Malay language and literary heritage.
7. In conclusion, I would like to congratulate all Malay Literary Award 2011
recipients. May the awards received motivate you to continue to write and produce
high quality works.
8. And my deepest appreciation to Mr Mohd Naim Daipi, Deputy Chairman of the
Malay Literary Award Committee 2011 and the members of the organising
committee who have worked very hard to ensure the success of the Malay Literary
9. Thank you.