Malaysian literature and its future: An interview with Muhammad Haji salleh

Nursafira Ahmad Safian, Mohammad A. Quayum

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Malaysia’s best-known bilingual poet, Muhammad Haji Salleh was born on
26 March 1942, in a village called Temerlok, Trong, in British Malaya. Soon
after his birth he moved to Sungai Acheh, Penang, where he began schooling
in Sungai Acheh School in 1949. On completion of his standard three
education, he was chosen to continue his studies in an English medium
Anglo-Chinese School, Nibung Tebal. A year later, he moved to Bukit
Mertajam, his mother’s hometown, and entered High School Bukit Mertajam as a student of Standard (Year) Six. In 1958, Muhammad entered the Malay College, Kuala Kangsar, a prominent institution for the Malay nobility and elites. Upon completion of his Cambridge Secondary School Certificate Education in 1960, he chose to become a school teacher.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-141
Number of pages23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Muhammad Haji Salleh
  • Malaysian poetry
  • Malaysian Poets
  • bilingual poets
  • Malaysian literature
  • Malaysian literature in English


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