June 13 is Malaysia Poetry Day

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Poetry Day will be celebrated on June 13 annually, says the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac).

Its minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said it was time the literary community, especially poets in the country, had a day they could celebrate as Poetry Day to uplift the field of poetry.

“The ministry supports the development of excellence in the field of poetry, thus I hope poets will continue to be the voices of the people, championing and writing about the issue of the people to maintain the identity of the national culture,” she said in her speech at the declaration of Malaysia Poetry Day, streamed on the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Facebook page yesterday.

Her speech text was read by Motac secretary-general Datuk Dr Noor Zari Hamat.

“I believe literary events as one of the performance arts in the country can be turned into an event which can be beneficial to the ordinary folks and indirectly benefit the domestic tourism industry,” she said. — Bernama

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