“Bukan mungkin lagi, mesti!”: Penulis-penulis Perintis Wanita Melayu Membalas Balik | “Not an if but a must!”: Responses from Pioneering Malay Female Writers

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4 Nov, 8pm - 9pm
5 - 19 Nov, 11am - 9pm
20 Nov, 11am - 8pm
Free
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Bagaimanakah wajah penentangan dipaparkan oleh para penulis wanita Melayu merentas generasi? Di serata Nusantara, kaum wanita menjawab balik – sebagaimana yang mereka selalu lakukan.

Pada abad ke-19 di Riau, Raja Aisyah Sulaiman mengukir namanya ketika kebangkitan dan kesuburan kesusasteraan di tengah-tengah pergelutan kuasa antara keluarganya dengan penjajah Belanda.

Malaya pada abad ke-20 melihat Adibah Amin muncul sebagai suara lantang bagi pendidikan wanita, mempertahankan keadilan sosial dan memihak kepada golongan terpinggir.

Beberapa dekad kemudian, Profesor Madya Hadijah Rahmat, Sa'eda Buang dan Rasiah Halil meninggalkan kesan signifikan pada kesusasteraan Melayu di Singapura melalui cara mereka yang unik: mengkritik materialisme dan memadankan sumbangan intelektual mereka dengan identiti Melayu yang jitu.

Di pulau kita pula, Kumpulan Bebas Melata, diketuai Rohani Din, memberi platform kepada wanita Melayu seperti Kamaria Buang, Nordita Taib, Khaziah Yem dan Faridah Taib untuk berkongsi pergelutan harian dalam perhubungan, kerohanian dan sejarah.

Saksikan cerita dan karya yang saling berkait oleh para perintis sastera Melayu yang membuang ke tepi teguran "jangan menjawab!" yang kerap dilemparkan kepada wanita. Sebaliknya, mereka membalas dengan kata-kata: sama ada dalam ruang peribadi dan di celah-celah kesibukan rutin domestik, atau dipampang secara terang-terang di akhbar dan jurnal.

Memanfaatkan landskap unik meliputi politik, perhubungan dan intimasi, para perintis sasterawan wanita ini mengingatkan kita bahawa penentangan bukan sekadar penderhakaan. Membalas balik bererti membayar balik dan memberi respons yang setimpal, untuk membina dan memperkukuhkan, untuk berkeinginan dan bermimpi. Dan ia bukan soalan tentang mungkin mereka akan menentang. Gabungan impak kritikan, puisi dan antologi mereka membuktikan bahawa mematuh bukanlah suatu pilihan.

Program ini didukungi oleh Pembelajaran dan Penggalakan Penggunaan Bahasa Melayu (MLLPC).

 

What does resistance woven through generations of Malay women writers look like? All across the Nusantara, women are speaking back – as they have always done.

In 19th century Riau, Raja Aisyah Sulaiman made her mark in the flourishing literary renaissance, even as Dutch colonisers were hard on the heels of her family.

Mid-20th century Malaya saw Adibah Amin emerge as an outspoken voice for women’s education, fighting for social equality and in solidarity with the marginalised.

Some decades later, Associate Professor (A/P) Hadijah Rahmat, Sa’eda Buang and Rasiah Halil made waves for Malay literature in Singapore in their own unique ways: critiquing materialism and fastening their intellectual contributions with an unapologetic Malay identity.

All across our island today, Kumpulan Bebas Melata, led by Rohani Din, gives Malay women like Kamaria Buang, Nordita Taib, Khaziah Yem and Faridah Taib a platform to reveal the everyday power of relational struggles, spirituality and history.

Witness the intertwining stories and work of Malay literary pioneers who cast aside the admonition of ‘jangan menjawab!’ (don’t respond!) often wielded against women. Instead, they braid comebacks with their words: whether home-grown and between pinched hours of domestic life, or plastered boldly in papers and journals.

Drawing from their own unique and often fraught political, relational and intimate landscapes, these pioneering women writers remind us that resistance is not merely defiance. To balas balik is also to repay and reciprocate, to strengthen and build upon, to desire and dream. And it is not a question of if they resist. With the cumulative force of their critiques, poetry and anthologies, compliance is simply not an option.

This programme is made possible with the support of the Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee.

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