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08 September 2013

'PAK MATLOB WAS A LANGUAGE MAESTRO'

RICH LEGACY: Linguist's contribution to national language hailed

 KUALA LUMPUR: RENOWNED Jawi writer Mohammad@Mokhtar Talib, known as Pak Matlob, was a major contributor in the fields of language and literature, said Media Prima chairman Datuk Johan Jaaffar.

The 76-year-old writer died following a stroke at his residence in Semerah, Batu Pahat on Friday.

Johan, who extended his condolences to Pak Matlob's family, said the latter had dedicated his life to strengthening Bahasa Malaysia and enriching national literature.

"He was a maestro of language," he said.

Born on July 5, 1937, Pak Matlob had actively fought for Jawi literacy and had written over 20 editions of books teaching the basics of Jawi writing in his lifetime.

The writer had also written over 100 children's and teenagers' novels and drama scripts.

Johan added that Pak Matlob had taught him Bahasa Malaysia when he attended Peserian Primary English School and Sekolah Menengah Semerah.

In his column in Berita Harian on Sept 5, 2012, Johan said Pak Matlob was one of the luminaries appointed by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka to draft new Jawi spellings.

Johan also wrote that Pak Matlob was an active member of the Johor Writers' Association and had conducted research on Johor-born writers.

SOURCE: NST, 08 SEPTEMBER 2013

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