Lack of appreciation towards Malaysian literature a worrying phenomenon

“Everyone, from the ministry down to the school officials, teachers, and parents, seemed to neglect literature and cast it aside as something insignificant. But if we do not appreciate our own poets, writers, and literary works, who else would? Who can we blame if not ourselves when our history is forgotten?

Then, there’s also the problem of language barriers. Many non-Malays do not make an effort to improve their Malay after SPM. Our mastery of the language is limited to casual conversation. Most of us have not read any book in Malay after we are done with secondary school.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/ooi-kok-hin/article/lack-of-appreciation-towards-malaysian-literature-a-worrying-phenomenon#sthash.0xd8dA9L.dpuf

 

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