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Sejarah Melayu, Malaysian newspaper, Peninsular Malaysia, vernacular, Dutch

Malaysia’s most important literary work is the Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals). Written in the 1500s, this work presents a somewhat romanticized account of the Malacca sultanate. European colonizers on Peninsular Malaysia (the Portuguese in 1511, the Dutch in 1641, and finally the English in the 18th century) greatly affected the local literary style. In print, the vernacular, or spoken, language replaced the classical literary style of Malay, and in 1876 the first Malaysian newspaper used the vernacular.



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