KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's creative industry is expected to raise least RM16.1 billion (S$6.21 billion) in revenue by the end of this year.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government had taken measures to ensure the creative industry was given the emphasis it needed, as it had continuously contributed to the economy.
The industry garnered RM7 billion last year, contributing RM1.9 billion to GDP.
He said to show the government's commitment to the sector, an allocation of up to RM6 million was announced in the 2014 Budget to manage the administration and management costs of registered literary societies.
Muhyiddin said the industry could be boosted even more with the melding of creativity and technology, as this helped to create an innovative generation for the future.
Speaking at the Malaysian Premier Literary Awards ceremony here Wednesday, Muhyiddin said local writers and authors had a responsibility to develop the creative industry.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said good literature boosted the mind of readers and had wide-reaching impact.
He said the ministry was equipping students with literary and language skills, and had included the Malay language to become the language of knowledge in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
"We hope this will boost the standard of the language, and that it leads to more literary works in the Malay language."
He urged academicians to publish more works in the national language.
Muhyiddin also urged the National Institute of Translation to expedite translation of international research works into the national language.
Forty works of literature were given due recognition, with the first prize going to Datuk Anwar Ridhwan for his novel Penyeberang Sempadan.
In Pagoh, Muhyiddin said Malaysia had become an example among developing countries because of its achievements, made possible because of the people's harmony.
He said the mutual respect practised by the different races had enabled Malaysians to live in peace and harmony.
Muhyiddin said: "We could not have accomplished all these achievements if there was no peace and stability in the country."
He was speaking at the Pagoh Deepavali celebration at Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara here Wednesday.