The word “Malaysia” was mentioned in literary work (1892)

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Source: The Ithaca Democrat, 24 November 1892

Jules Verne is best known as the pioneer author of science fiction genre. Most people know him as the author of some titles that most of us familiar today in television such as Around the World in 80 Days and Journey to the Center of the Earth. In this news article published in 1892, he wrote a fictional story column titled ‘The Californians’. My further search onto the title’s background in the internet was futile. Anyway, upon further examination reveals interesting bit piece of information:

Jules Verne dikenali ramai sebagai peneraju penulisan sastera bertemakan sains fiksyen. Ramai orang mengenali beliau sebagai penulis beberapa tajuk cerita yang kita mungkin biasa dengar atau lihat melalui kaca televisyen seperti ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ dan ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’. Dalam petikan akhbar di sini yang diterbitkan pada tahun 1892, dia menulis satu bahagian cerita bertajuk ‘The Californians’. Pencarian saya yang selanjutnya mengenai latar belakang tajuk ini di laman web tidak berjaya menghasilkan sebarang petunjuk. Tetapi, hasil bacaan saya di artikel ini telah menemukan satu maklumat yang menarik:

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The word “Malaysia” is mentioned in small part. As Malaysians, we probably think that the word Malaysia is a namesake of the country in formal usage since 1963. But, this piece of news article proves that the name has been in existence way back before the country even existed yet. And “Malaysia” back then was used to describe the maritime region of South East Asia.

Perkataan “Malaysia” disebut dalam satu bahagian yang kecil di artikel ini. Sebagai rakyat Malaysia, kita mungkin berfikir bahawa perkataan “Malaysia” digunakan sebagai nama negara ini secara rasmi sejak 1963. Namun, petikan akhbar ini membuktikan bahawa nama tersebut telah wujud bertahun lamanya sebelum negara ini dibentuk. Perkataan “Malaysia” pada ketika itu digunakan untuk menerangkan kawasan maritim di Asia Tenggara.

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