JOHOR BARU: Writing can be one of the highest paying jobs if done well, with passion and the willingness to go the extra mile, said Johor Writers Association founder Md Ismail Jamjam @ Zamzam.
The 76-year-old said the younger generation were lucky to have so many choices of lucrative jobs.
“Back in old days, parents would urge their children to become professionals to earn well but now the government is urging people to venture into Technical and Vocational Training and other areas.
“Writing should also be equally considered as it has the potential to be a lucrative job, with the opportunity to travel and expand knowledge,” he said after the Johor Literature Award (ASJ) ceremony at Johor Heritage Foundation (YWJ) hall here.
He said writers must prevail in the ever challenging world of writing
“Do not give up easily, keep writing and better days will come,” he said, adding that he has been writing since he was six.
During the event, the Batu Pahat born was awarded the Johor Writer Award, for his service and works on the state’s literature.
“I feel honoured for this recognition of my works,” he said.
He received RM7,000, a certificate and trophy.
The Johor Young Writer Award was given to Zulfazlan Jumrah, 32, from Kulai for his active efforts in writing and producing news and articles on all sorts of platforms in the country.
“I am happy that my work has been recognised and I will push further and inspire others to write as well,” he said.
Zulfazlan received RM3,000, a certificate and trophy.
The event was officiated by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian.
In his speech, Osman said the state government plans to increase the incentives to attract more writers.
The award ceremony, organised by YWJ aims to produce more literary figures who can be role models for young writers in the state. ― By REMAR NORDIN