By Alia Tenor,
The government introduced an allowance of RM5,000 a month for the recipients of the National Literature Award.
The Ministry of Finance approved an additional allocation of RM35,000 to the Ministry of Education for the payments starting next month until December of this year.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng states that the RM5000 monthly payment will continue for the following years.
The seven National Writers who will receive the allowance are A. Samad Said, Muhammad Salleh, Noordin Hassan, Anwar Ridhwan, Ahmad Kamal Abdullah, Baha Zain and Zurinah Hassan.