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Book Review: Six Decades of Malaysian Stories In ‘Ronggeng-Ronggeng: Malaysian Short Stories’

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Ronggeng-Ronggeng is an important collection that brings into focus the hitherto little recognized variety and richness in Malaysian short-story writing. Twenty-eight stories from six decades, the writers’ sharp observations, and also an unflinching depiction of society’s tensions, faultiness, and human frailties make this an indispensable anthology.

This particular book brings together Malaysian short stories from the year of 1959 until the year of 2018. Comprising twenty-eight short stories from established and emerging writers including Lee Kok Liang, KS Maniam, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Tunku Halim, and Saras Manickam, it presents the varied and diverse multi-cultural voices of the proud country of Malaysia.

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Although almost all the writers in this collection write from their ethnic position, their literary canvases rise above communalism. The stories in Ronggeng-Ronggeng are presented in a variety of styles, from social realism to the supernatural and horror sub-genres, and the tone of the stories ranges from serious to humorous.

This is the perfect collection for people interested in learning more about Malaysia and also the uniqueness of Malaysian writing. Other than that, it also can be used as a general reader of new world literature for many people. Incredible collection of powerful Malaysian stories that give readers a taste of what Malaysian writing can be.

Arranged chronologically, the development of themes across decades is strikingly clear, and the gradual shift of the writers’ concerns across time. Such wonderful writing. This book allows readers to immerse themselves and watch the growth and evolution of Malaysian writing from 1959 to 2018.

Sources: Gerak Budaya

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(Video) Raya Songs Keep On Playing, 3 Interesting Facts That You Might Not Know

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When the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration is getting near, there must be a lot of Raya songs that will get played on the radio. It actually does not matter if it is old songs or even new songs. However, despite the beauty of the songs that you know, there are interesting facts behind them that many people might not know about.

All of these facts might be shocking and also mind-blowing for some people who might just be heard about it the first time. These are 3 interesting facts that you might not know about Raya songs.

1) This Song Is The First Raya Song In Malaysia

Published in the year of 1936, the song got titled ‘Selamat Hari Raya’ and it was sung by Allahyarmah Aminah Nani, an aristocratic singer also known as Miss Aminah is said to be the first Hari Raya song ever recorded in the region.

2) The ‘Balik Kampung’ Song Was Originally Not A Raya Song

The Raya song titled ‘Balik Kampung’ by the late Sudirman was actually not recorded for Raya because according to the study, each song of this singer has its own theme. ‘Balik Kampung’ is intended for graduates who are excited to return to the village and the song is also chosen as a Raya song because the harmony is able to cheer up the festive atmosphere.

3) ‘Selamat’ Hari Raya’ Song Actually Aims To Start A Strike

This Ahmad Jais song was actually created by the late P. Ramlee and also Jamil Sulong in 1957 to support the struggle of the film workers who went on strike on Hari Raya that year. In March and April 1957, employees of the Shaw Brothers’ MFP (Malay Film Productions) film studio went on strike to demand more reasonable wages. Their strike lasted until Hari Raya which fell on May 1, 1957. One of the activities carried out by PERSAMA is to organize a charity concert to raise funds to help the struggle of workers who are on strike. In conjunction with Hari Raya that year, P. Ramlee and Jamil Sulong composed a new Raya song to be sung during the charity concert and only took 10 minutes to write the lyrics of the song.

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Shop Review: ‘Big Fish Small Fish’ Where You Got Served Variety Of Delicious Fish

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Big Fish Small Fish is a particular restaurant that offers a variety of fish in their menu. It offers the best Fish and Crisps meal. Fish fillet are battered and served with freshly sliced potato crisps or premium skin-on fries. You can choose anything from a typical Dory to premium choices like Hoki, Salmon, Halibut and Haddock. This eatery offers one of the most value-for-money fish and chips.

One unique feature for this particular eatery is that they have a counter where you can help yourself to all the sauces available, including cheese, salted egg, and spicy sauces. Disposable gloves and paper table covers are also provided to keep your hands clean.

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Their menu has gone beyond their signature Fish & Crisps, offering everything from Classic Fish & Chips to special Kids’ Meals that make dining out with your little ones a breeze. Their limited-time Chef’s Creation menu even includes poached and baked options. For their Fish & Crisps, you can choose between 6 different types of fish, but don’t worry if you’re unsure. The menu has a useful infographic describing the texture and taste.

The Classic Fish & Chips are served with a lemon wedge, homestyle Tartar Sauce, and 2 free sides. The haddock was lean and firm, yet fell apart smoothly. The sweetness of the fish went really well with the sweet and tangy Tartar Sauce and of course, you can drizzle lemon juice over the fillet if you like it a bit more sour. What really stood out was the batter it was super crispy. The batter was golden-brown with a satisfying crunch and crispiness.

Sources: Facebook Big Fish Small Fish, Big Fish Small Fish.

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Mao Mao: A Feline Professional Car Model That Earns More Than Most Humans

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A cat in China is a professional cat model and earns between 5,000 yuan (RM3,183) to 10,000 yuan (RM6,366) per appearance. Mao Mao is a two-year-old British Shorthair from Chongqing, China.

Her rise to stardom was actually an accident. Zheng, her owner put the feline on one of the cars he was promoting in an auto show. This immediately drew a crowd of people who are excited to snap a photo of the cute kitty. That meant more exposure for the car brands. Since then, Zheng started promoting Mao Mao as a cat model to car brands looking for extra attention. Nowadays, the cat is a household name at auto shows and routinely lands a few appearances per month.

Like the human equivalent of the job, it’s all about looking cute and attracting attention. Mao Mao is a natural. With her pouty face, nonchalant attitude along with the costumes, Mao Mao is irresistible. While most cats are shy, Mao Mao loves attention.

Animal lovers have no worries about her welfare as the owner loves her very much. Zheng only accepts three or four events per month, which still adds up to a pretty penny. Zheng makes sure to reward his pet for her “effort”, buying her only the most expensive cat food and pampering her like the star that she is.

Source: Oddity Central

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