4. Writing in Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei

  title={4. Writing in Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei},
  author={T. Wignesan},
  journal={The Journal of Commonwealth Literature},
  pages={149 - 152}
  • T. Wignesan
  • Published 1 March 1984
  • History
  • The Journal of Commonwealth Literature
Like Maugham’s character, Norman Grange, in the short story, &dquo;Flotsam and Jetsam&dquo;, set in Borneo, the English language in the Bornean territories, the official language until recently, is neither Malaysian nor English. Like Grange, it has failed to grow roots soon enough in the region. The national Malaysian language, Bahasa Malaysia, supplanted it in January 1983, when the East Malaysian national assemblies put an end to the Federal Government’s constitu- 
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Post-colonial theory does not necessarily apply to the treatment of “verisimilar speech” in prose by writers in the former British territories. This paper is not about the “dynamic interaction


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