Of­fers us ad­van­tage in the global arena

New Straits Times - - Letters -

I RE­FER to the ar­ti­cle “Gain­ing di­verse per­spec­tives and skills through lit­er­ary stud­ies” (NST, May 3), and I agree with the sig­nif­i­cance of study­ing English Lit­er­a­ture and the lan­guage.

In the ar­ti­cle, Dr Shahizah Is­mail Hamdan, co­or­di­na­tor of the Post­colo­nial Lit­er­a­ture in English Pro­gramme at Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia’s Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences and Hu­man­i­ties English Lit­er­a­ture, said: “To de­clare that the study of English lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture is no longer rel­e­vant in to­day’s mod­ern world is in­ac­cu­rate.”

I couldn’t agree more. Lit­er­a­ture helps us un­der­stand the world bet­ter. It of­fers in­sights into our world, and how cul­tures, re­li­gions and cus­toms shape so­ci­eties.

As Malaysians, English Lit­er­a­ture is im­por­tant to pre­pare us as we be­come a global player.

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