Malam Puisi Riong is a poetry reading evening by prominent poets, celebrities, editors and those who follow the literature pages in BH. Held since 1970s, it is named after Jalan Riong, the location of Berita Harian’s office in Balai Berita Bangsar. Beginning 1997, the event was spread to public universities. In 2009, Malam Puisi Riong began to adopt specific theme, with “Gelora Kemanusian’ as the theme for that year. This event aims to encourage not only the continuity of arts and culture, but also to deliver a message of patriotism, aspiration and appreciation for the homeland. In 2017, the chosen theme was ‘NegaraKu’, to support the government’s initiative to instil a sense of love for the country.