Theories of Literary Criticism in A New Year’s Day Lunch in Kia Peng by Karim Raslan
A New Year’s Day Lunch in Kia Peng is Written by Karim Raslan, a Malaysian writer. This story is about a widow’s, Cik Bainun, celebrates New Year with her family. Throughout this story, it is developed by the story on the preparation of the New Year’s Day Lunch, Cik Bainun’s children, and the problem of the family after the death of Cik Bainun’s husband, Raja Zulkarnain. The text is very complex and it is suitable only for adults because it contain a lot of controversial plot. It is also suitable for adult because it contains a lot of real life problem that only adults understand about it.
The theory of criticism that I will elaborate is the social criticism. Family of Cik Bainun is close related to the royal family, that is Sultan Selangor, and corporate family. His husband, Raja Zulkarnain is a former of Director-General in Ministry of Transport. After the retirement, he was appointed to be the Chairman in Board of McMurtie Estates Berhad. He became more influence and their house visited with more people that most of them will be the guest of their New Year’s Day Lunch every year. But, his influence is not permanent. As he became older, the people that come to the house seeking for help and so on become lesser. At this point, for me, the influence of someone in this corporate business is an important things to other people. When you are popular, everyone will seek you and using you as their booster in their business. When you are not anymore, you will be abandoned in this field.
Raja Zulkarnain is a firm man with a firm attitude when he is alive. During his life, their house and their neighbourhood will never be touched by the estate owner or the estate agent. Everybody fear him. There was once he chase off an agent with a pitch fork. After he died, even their house garden were torn up. Cik Bainun, a woman incharge of the house cannot defend the house like his husband. Here I can
a woman as not respected and feared by the people even they have become as firm as possible. revealed by his own brother. He was so spoiled because Cik Bainun really pampered him since he is the only son of the family. The story of her husband. can do anything to achieve it. She was not crying as a normal people will do. They cheating on each other. The society will be wird about this. This is shown during his husband. Nevertheless. Cik Bainun is a strong person inside. have their problem. In our society. Islam even said that. and a son. two daughter.
Kam. Mahani’s husband have a second wife.
Raja Zulkarnain and Cik Bainun have three children. The main purpose of marriage is broken into pieces. Cik Bainun actually practising it that is not understand by the society.
Meriam also have problems with his husband that cheats on her. Raja Kamarul or Kam at the last paragraph of the story. is an architect who is selfish and ambitious. Not only he wants to tell to Meriam. He married the woman with the excuse to avoid having an illegal sex relationship –zina. Shahrir have to follow the order from Kam so that their secret will not be revealed. This bring me the idea of a marriage with no trust and religion knowledge of polygamy will end up chaos like this. The soul will not be in peace. This can be apply on Shahrir that lower his dignity just to cover up his secret. This brings the idea of how a person who wants something. her cousin. Every one of them. if you love someone. she got pregnant and she abort the baby. a lot of people will be so sad and cry whenever their love one died. especially her own daughter in law. Mahani also have his secret with Din. it is not. Shahrir have an affair with an English lecturer and to make thing worst. He is so
. Actually in Islam. Mahani and Meriam. Mei Mei . Kam know about this and use this as a blackmail to Shahrir. do not cry infront of him during his death. Shahrir. Same goes here. who is a muallaf.say that. Raja Kamarul. he will also telling Cik Bainun about this.
For him. Meriam to convince Mahani about Kam’s plan. The father wants to construct the family with a tradition but it is actually deconstruct the family relationship between others. This carry out the idea of structuralism and post-structuralism. and he can control people the way he wanted.
The New Years Day lunch was brought by Raja Zulkarnain to his family after seeing the benefit of it during his study in England. secret.
A New Year’s Day Lunch in Kia Peng is a good story on how the high rank people lives. He wants Sharir to persuade his wife. The sisters will certainly not agree with it. It reveals a lot of real problem in the high class family. Then he saw Shahrir’s secret as an opportunity for him. this lunch can developed a repo relationship among his family. It was not inherited by the family traditions nor the religious practice. Society thinks they are happy but the real situation is against it. For Kam. He have the money. the traditions goes on. like what he did to Shahrir. After his death.
. All of them come with full of envy. But actually. everything is about money. This bring me ideas of Marxism on how lower class people were exploited by higher class people to achieve their goal.ambitious that he can manipulate others weaknesses very intelligently. the repo relationship was only portrayed during his live. and hatred among each other. but the repo vanished. The goal that he wants to achieve is to build a condominium out of his own family house.