Interlok: Anwar says it’s a ‘good book’

“God’s gift” to Malaysia — ipso facto de facto leader of God’s Army (Pakatan) — says Interlok is “not a great novel” but nonetheless still a “good one”. He says he does not get the sense that there is any “racist tendency” in the book. [see also 1:50 onwards) “dan tidak terkesan bahawa ada unsur-unsur … Continue reading

Interlok: Podah Chua Soi Lek!

Chua Soi Lek says there are “only one or two people who regard it [Interlok] as sensitive”. He says because it has Malay, Chinese and Indian characters in it, therefore it is a muhibbah book. He says it is a “historical” novel. What we want to say in reply to Chua Soi Lok is one … Continue reading

Interlok: Ya lor, DAP pun nampak pada Melayu saja

By Sharifuddin A Latiff Thanks Greg Lopez for your comment on our posting Interlok: Could Ridhuan Tee be right after all? Our view is that DAP is just like Ridhuan in the way the party top leadership and certain segments of its second echelon are obsessed with the Malays and neglecting the minorities. Malaysiakini carried this … Continue reading

Interlok: Could Ridhuan Tee be right after all?

When a white novelist writes the dialogue of a black character, the condescension can make his reader cringe. Take the sample below: “I looks like gwine to heaven, an’t thar where white folks is gwine? S’pose they’d have me thar? I’d rather go to torment, and get away from Mas’r and Missis. I had so.” … Continue reading

Interlok: Sepet, greedy Cina gemuk & liberal dummkopfs

Pix: Fat Chinese? Look who’s talking … Our previous posting, Interlok: Chinese immigrants came here to carry shit buckets Excerpts from Interlok‘s description of its Chinese characters. We may have missed some mentions in our collation below as after awhile, the author Abdullah Hussain’s excessive repetition got a bit tedious for us to take note of … Continue reading

Interlok: Chinese immigrants came here to carry shit buckets

Above: Scanned excerpt from ‘Interlok’, page 158 RELATED: Interlok: Chinese sell their daughters The main Chinese character in the book is Cing Huat who arrives in this land with his father Kim Lock. One of Kim Lock’s first jobs was to pull a rickshaw, whereas his son — the young boy — slaved away as … Continue reading

Interlok: Everybody should just read the damn book!

UPDATED: ‘Why are some Indians so sensitive?’ asks Cambridge PhD By Sharifuddin A Latiff News flash: ‘HRP leaders arrested at anti-Interlok forum‘. Among those arrested include HRP president W Sambulingam. There have been scores of arrests of Hindraf guys over the past week. Why are the authorities clamping down so hard on a forum that merely … Continue reading

Ridhuan Tee slams ‘Interlok’ protesters as extremists

Utusan columnist Ridhuan Tee today whacked the Indians in his article ‘Jangan menang sorak‘. He labels “an extremist demand” the call by Indian NGOs for the novel ‘Interlok’ to be withdrawn as a Form 5 exam text. He quotes the claim by Malay NGO group Majlis Perundingan Melayu that the Indians have “memutarbelit” (twisted) the … Continue reading

‘Pariah?’ Watch this YouTube & see who says the word

From 3:57 onwards “Sangat hina kehidupan mereka di dalam negeri mereka. Kasta pariah ini telah dibawa oleh Inggeris ke dalam negara kita … kehidupan yang mereka nikmati di sini seribu kali ganda lebih baik daripada … negara merempat, naik bas, tak pakai baju, tak pakai seluar.” From Hartal’s posting on April 28, 2010: Dr Asri … Continue reading