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KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Mei (Bernama) -- Bekas Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Dewan

Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Datuk Dr Baharuddin Zainal atau nama penanya Baha Zain

malam ini menerima Anugerah Sasterawan Negara Ke-12 yang membawa gelaran

Sasterawan Negara.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah berkenan menyampaikan

anugerah tersebut kepada Baharuddin.

Beliau menerima wang tunai RM60,000, watikah Sasterawan Negara Ke-12 selain

kemudahan berkarya.

Turut berangkat pada majlis itu ialah Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Haminah.

Hadir sama pada majlis itu ialah Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri

Muhyiddin Yassin merangkap Pengerusi Panel Anugerah Sastera Negara Ke-12.



Muhyiddin dalam ucapannya menyifatkan Baha Zain sebagai seorang penulis yang

amat prolifik dalam genre puisi dan kritikan sastera.

"Semoga anugerah yang diberikan ini akan menyuntik semangat kepada beliau

untuk terus berkarya dan menyumbangkan buah fikiran ke arah pembangunan bangsa

dan sastera kebangsaan," katanya.

Pada 15 Mac lepas, Muhyiddin mengumumkan Baharuddin sebagai penerima

anugerah itu berdasarkan kecemerlangan serta sumbangan berterusan beliau dalam

seni kesusasteraan tanah air melalui ciptaan karya kreatif, pemikiran dan

kegiatan sastera bermutu tinggi

Antara karya Baha Zain, 74, ialah puisi Topeng-Topeng (2003), Dari Kertas

Catatan Tengah Malam (DBP, 1978) dan Tiga Catatan Perjalanan (DBP, 1980).

Puisi-puisi beliau antaranya diterjemahkan ke dalam Bahasa Inggeris,

Mandarin, Russia dan Sepanyol.

Baharuddin juga pernah menerima Anugerah Penyair Gapena (1988), Anugerah

Tokoh Pejuang Bahasa daripada Persatuan Linguistik Malaysia (2004), Anugerah

Budayawan Gapena (2008), dan Ijazah Kehormat Doktor Persuratan daripada USM

(2010), dan Anugerah Tokoh Persatuan Penulis Nasional Malaysia (2011).

Anugerah Sastera Negara merupakan anugerah tertinggi negara kepada




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