20 July 2010

Adibah Amin

KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 (Bernama) -- The Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) has donated RM50,000 to ailing Malay literary figure Adibah Amin for treatment and medication.

That was the news excerpt from Bernama. Well, you probably would think who the hell is this Adibah Amin? Why Bakti donates such big amount of money to her? 

If any of you know her books, then you should have already known that she is a very significant figure in the local Malaysian literary scene. Do you remember this book called As I Was Passing? There are two parts of the book and she wrote them.  I have never read her books before but I have heard about her since I was in secondary school. She should be a very important person, I thought. I did a little Wiki research and found out that she is the daughter of Ibu Zain, a very important woman who fought for Tanah Melayu independence. 

She wrote a novel in 2006, This End of the Rainbow. It is based on her memories of her student days at the University Malaya in Singapore. Set in the 1950s, it’s a tale of a group of university students and their dreams for the future. However, they are soon torn between their own sheltered lives and the harsh realities of colonialism and the challenges of ethnic diversity, racial prejudices and social injustices as well as the strains between Malaysia and Singapore.(Source:

Let us all pray for her health and happiness. Amin.

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