Literary Freedom and the Need to Inter-logue
This commentary piece is based upon an article published in Malaysiakini1 and the reactions that resulted from it. The article is not a literary appraisal of the novel. It is an attempt to understand the ensuing controversy and plead for literary freedom. It is not the writerâ€™s place to decide whether the novel is suitable as classroom material but this piece explains the special qualities of literary work and the ethnic politics in Malaysia that is the real casus belli for the controversy.
Keywords: Interlok, ethnic politics, controversial literary work, school textbook
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