Elizabeth Tai writes :
More than any amount of cash, though, it was the recognition that had everybody at the award ceremony walking about with big smiles on their faces.I'm glad that everything went off so well, despite the dodgy voting system. It's so nice to see local authors rewarded.
When we contact her later, Popular’s executive director, Lim Lee Ngoh, says, “We are very happy because, as (Transport Minister) Datuk Ong Tee Keat (who gave out the awards) said, it’s the first of its kind on Malaysian soil.
“We’re also happy that our local authors are very appreciative of the effort made by the organisers, but most of all of the support and attention from their readers.
“I think it was a very successful event and we will certainly continue to organise it. Our hope is that this is a seed of an idea, and if we cultivate it, nurture it, given time, it will even bigger and better.”
With more support, we will see more locally produced Malaysian work, says Lim: “(The awards) gives authors greater motivation to produce better work,” she adds.
(Pics - of Adibah Amin (above left) and Lydia Teh (above right).