I REFER to the report "RM13 million spent on local writers" (NST, April 24). It said the government spent RM13 million between 2007 and last year buying 802 local book titles to support the local book industry and authors.
Being an author, I felt immensely happy to learn that our government had allocated a substantial amount of money for the purchase of books written by all local authors and distributed them to various libraries in our country. This would make the books available to a large number of readers.
In spite of losing a substantial amount of my pension money through every publication, I keep on writing new titles.
I do not want to waste the knowledge I have gathered these 37 years as an academician in Universiti Malaya and the experience after that.
If our National Library can purchase my books, it would be of great help to me and to the potential readers.
Since I was under the wrong impression that this allocation was to promote only writers in Bahasa Malaysia, I did not apply to the National Library for the purchase of the 11 healthcare books I have published between 1998 and last year.
I wonder if I am too late to apply for such help.
However, it was nice of National Library director-general Datuk Raslin Abu Bakar to have launched my book on cancer last year at the Putra World Trade Centre.
I am thankful to him for his moral support.