PUTRAJAYA, March 18 (Bernama) -- Putrajaya has been chosen to host the 59th National Quran Reciters Assembly, scheduled to take place from March 21 to 26.
The event, jointly organised by the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) and Putrajaya Corporation (PPj), will be held at the Cempaka Sari Auditorium at PPj, Precinct 3, here.
JAKIM in a statement Friday said 30 participants had confirmed their participation, comprising 14 qari (male reciters) and 14 qariah (female reciters) representing their respective states, and the defending champions from last year's edition - Wan Ainuddin Hilmi of Kelantan and Siti Husna Hassan from Pahang.
The prize offered to the champion in each category (qari and qariah) is RM15,000 in cash, a trophy, a Proton Exora, a Haj package, souvenir, and certificate of participation.
The second, third and consolation prize winners will each take home RM10,000, RM7,500 and RM3,000 in cash respectively, a souvenir and certificate of participation.
The champion qari and qariah will represent Malaysia at the 57th International Quran Reciters Assembly and Quran Memorisation to be held from May 2 to 7, at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.