The Historical Order of Malaysian Socioculture in Interlok

  • Mohd. Hanafi Ibrahim Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka

Abstract

Interlok is a literary work with a specific theme that resulted from a contest and it proposes the subject of national integration at its core to fulfil the aspirations and the development of the then newly independent Malaysia. The historical framewor k is used as an instrument for discourse purposes in addressing socio-cultural and humanitarian issues related to the solidarity and development of the Malaysian nation. Therefore, this novel may be categorised as a socio-historical novel and not purely a historical novel. Interlok provides the opportunity to the reader to explore the author's profound meaning in introducing the subject of solidarity as the foundation of the development of the Malaysian nation. The difference in values among the races has to be narrowed whereas the quality or the advantage possessed by each of the respective races has to be assembled to obtain maximum benefit.


Keywords: Interlok, historicising fiction, fictionalising history, solidarity, socio-cultural, socio-historical

References

Abdullah Hussain, 1971. Interlok. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar, 1984. Abdul Rahim Kajai Wartawan dan Sasterawan Melayu. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

Asaratnam, S., 1979. Indian in Malaya and Singapore. Revised Edition. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press.

Report of Competition Panel of Judges, Documentation File, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

Rahimah Abdul Aziz, 2000. Pembaratan Pemerintahan Johor (1800-1945). Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.

Umar Junus, 1989. Fiksyen dan Sejarah: Suatu Dialog. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka,

Zeti Aktar Jaffar (ed.), 2008. Abdullah Hussain dalam Esei dan Kritikan. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
Published
2019-03-08
How to Cite
IBRAHIM, Mohd. Hanafi. The Historical Order of Malaysian Socioculture in Interlok. Malay Literature, [S.l.], v. 24, n. 2, p. 267-281, mar. 2019. ISSN 2682-8030. Available at: <http://jurnal.dbp.my/index.php/MalayLiterature/article/view/5334>. Date accessed: 04 feb. 2023. doi: https://doi.org/10.37052/ml.24(2)no6.