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Proposal for national literature be made compulsory subject in schools
MELAKA: The Federation of Malaysian National Writers Associations (Gapena) passed 14 resolutions during the three-day 15th National Literature Day Conference which ended here today.
One of their main recommendations was for national literature to be made a compulsory subject from pre-school to tertiary level.
Gapena leader one Prof Datuk Wira Dr Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar said national literature played an important role in strengthening self-reliance and to create a united and strong Malaysian race.
"If we do not make literature compulsory, we fear that the younger generation of today would not know poetry or culture and become too materialistic," he told reporters after speaker of Melaka legislative assembly and joint chairman of the conference, Datuk Wira Othman Muhamad officiated at the closing ceremony.
Another resolution was that the subject should be taught and learned by all Malaysians, he added.
The conference also recommended that the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry; Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, and state governments should assist in the welfare of writers and their associations.
He informed that the resolution would be presented to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for consideration. -- BERNAMA