View Full Version : 16 year old Malay girl writes English Novel

24-06-2009, 09:58 AM

The local bookstores are not willing to sell her books. We should support her and buy her book so that she will not be discouraged and will continue writing.

25-06-2009, 12:43 PM
Right after I read this thread yesterday, I contacted the mobile number given and offered to buy the book. Transfered the money to the father's bank account and gave them my postal address.

This morning, the book was delivered by POS Laju! It was sent from Kuantan. I have just read the first chapter. I can say that the girl has potential. It is a fantasy story, involving a civilisation in another world. I would say it is a good effort by a 16-year old.

I did not expect excellent English. In fact I found a lot of grammatical errors but let us not judge the book on grammar, considering the fact that author was schooled in our national school curriculum.

The reason why I bought the book is to give her encouragement. For the small price, I believe we should all encourage her for writing an English story.

25-06-2009, 12:50 PM
Chang, I agree. I bought the book too and finished reading in 2 days. I would say this young girl has creativity, a very different in her thinking mode, bold in exploring possibilities... if she can improve her sentence structure a bit plus correcting her grammars, she can go far.

p.s. I have given the book to an orphanage this morning for the older kids to read....

25-06-2009, 01:37 PM
I must admit that I am rather pleasantly surprised that a local girl 16 year old Nur Syahiirah Mohammad Junaidi had the guts and the bolehnesity (is there a better word) to write a book in English. I think I should call her and encourage her by buying her book.

Hmmm... when you buy a newspaper copy you'd usually get assailed by bad news. Accidents, murders, politics and what not. That's one reason why I don't read newspapers anymore. But this type of news is certainly welcome.

25-06-2009, 01:58 PM
If everyone says its good... then I will get it too :)

25-06-2009, 02:07 PM
Just ordered 2 copies from En Junaidi.

This reminded me of the time I was in some ulu place in Kelantan. Pulled into a petrol station. There was a tidbit stall next to the petrol station manned by a young girl who was ... reading an English novel . Strange I thought... Reading is not exactly a hobby for many people, let alone a young girl in a ulu-ulu kampung. Chatted her up.

And lo behold!! Turns out she spoke good English, though not excellent. That was a real surprise to me. These days I have even met graduates (all races) who cannot even string a complete simple sentence in English.

25-06-2009, 02:42 PM
Ordered one... the book is only RM20. Guess his hp is non stop with this thread :D

25-06-2009, 02:51 PM
Ordered one... the book is only RM20. Guess his hp is non stop with this thread :D

Guess its time for En Junaidi to change his hp ringtone to "ka-chink" tune. Hmmm..., is there one? ;)