Amir Muhammad makes foray into Malay fiction
KUALA LUMPUR-based writer and independent filmmaker Amir Muhammad is stepping into the large, intimidating land of Bahasa Malaysia publishing, and he’s frankly excited.
“We’re going into a crowded field but we’re trying something different,” he said when I met him during the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2011 in April.
Amir already has a publishing company called Matahari, which he had established in 2007. Matahari publishes English and Bahasa Malaysia non-fiction books, or, says Amir, “some book idea which amuses me”. Several Matahari-published books have been very popular, such as Malaysian Politicians Say the Darndest Things Vol.1 and Vol.2, and Yasmin Ahmad’s Films.
Then, in March this year, Amir created Fixi, a company which publishes Bahasa Malaysia fiction.