In today's edition of The Sun, on page 18, in the U! section (which isn't linked online... yet), there is an article written by Joanna Van, headlined, "The Write Stuff". The gist of the article is this: Ms. Van talks with four college students between the ages of 19 - 22 about the Malaysian Writing Scene.
*cue horror theme*
These four students's opinion of the local writing scene is that it is almost non-existent, as is voiced by Erin Chong, "Wait? We have a writing scene?"
Fortunately, all of them agree that there is a problem with Malaysian Writing. They are quick to point their fingers at the culprits:
"Censorship!"; "People don't read!"; Narrow-minded teachers!"; "Money-minded parents!"Yes, yes. Those are very real problems. Of course. But there's also one other problem that they haven't pointed out: No self-initiative.
Yes, that's right! You punks got no initiative, yo! You can talk all you want about how Malaysians aren't encouraged to write because of [insert reason here] but if you don't start doing something about it yourself, it doesn't mean a thing; it's all a lot of hot air. Do something about it, write something yourself, and contribute to the local writing scene of which - I assure these students - it is very much existent, and alive, and probably could even be considered vibrant (but depends on who you ask, really).
And stop saying things like, "we have a writing scene?" It betrays a level of ignorance that's just flabbergastingly miserable. If you cared at all about the writing scene, you'd know it exists.
A little kudos however, to one of the students, Ashvini, who tried to educate her comrades about the "scene". No surprise there, Ashvini happens to be one of my fellow writers in "Write Out Loud".