KUCHING: Sarawak needs to establish a platform to facilitate the rise of next-generation poets.

Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHe) chairman Prof Dr Ir Al-Khalid Othman lauded a poetry workshop here as a way to unearth potential local poets.

He viewed that efforts such as this should continue to ensure that Sarawak had a continuous line of talents.


“The last time that we reached the national stages of poetry competition was in 2011 through Zakaria Abdul Manan, who was crowned the winner in the poetry recital category.

“After that we have been short of talents who can take part in poetry competition on the national stage,” he told reporters after Malam Baca Puisi Matahati at the Yayasan Sarawak building here, Sunday.

Al-Khalid opined that the implementation of the workshop should be expanded to involve techniques on poetry writing besides recital and body movements.

“We want to produce more writers similar to the other states in Malaysia,” he added.

The programme was also graced by Ainun Syakirah Suzaide and Khalid Hussaine Tuah — both are renowned poets and have won acclaims in poetry recitals at state and national levels.