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Meet Ruhaini Matdarin

Place of birth: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Year of birth: 1981

About Ruhaini Matdarin

Born on 16th March 1981, Ruhaini Matdarin is a graduate from the Faculty of Finance Management from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Her interest in writing began when she was still a student at Sabah College in 2000, and eventually publishing her own novels seven years later. Her creativity in writing seems to have captivated readers through her style of describing the current situation of what is happening in Malaysia, all while inserting humour and satire. She is one of the most prolific and best writers in the transition of literature in Malaysia. Her works has also been translated in other languages such as Russian.

She used to work as an auditor in several construction and consultation companies. In 2016, she chose to be a freelancer in order to have more time to write and run her business while also being an activist and philanthropist. She is a member of the Badan Bahasa dan Sastera Sabah and Persatuan Penulis Nasional (PENA).

Ruhaini Matdarin’s novel ‘Gadis Adikara’ won one of the grand prize of Anugerah Sastera Sabah. Over the years, she received several awards; Hadiah Sastera Sabah (2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2012/2013, 2016/2017), Hadiah Sastera Kumpulan Utusan (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014), winner for the Best Book Competition Institut Terjemahan & Buku in 2004 and also Hadiah Sastera Perdana 2017/2018.


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