Malay Journalism Before The War


This text is extracted by Ooi Kee Beng from an article titled “Malay Journalism in Malaya”, written by Zainal-Abidin B. Ahmad and published in the Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society Vol XIX 1941, pp.244–250. It provides a simple history of Malay journalism, and the condition it was in just before the Second World War came to Malaya.

Zainal-Abidin B. Ahmad (1895–1973) a.k.a Za’ba was a writer and teacher. A native of Negeri Sembilan, he was the first Malay to pass the Senior Cambridge test in 1915. After lecturing at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1942–1951, he returned to Malaya to teach at University of Malaya until 1959.

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