About the Book: "1984 Here and Now" is based on George Orwell’s classsic, "1984" but is Malaysianised through its setting, content and address. In this play Big Brother reigns supreme and controls the minds of the people. Wiran attempts to break Big Brother’s tyrrannical power, and joins the Opposition Party. He is played out and caught in the end, and has to denounce his beliefs so that he will be one with Big Brother’s ideals.
The play is very fast-paced and is a political satire. It was staged to packed houses in 1985, under the scrutiny of the Special Branch police because it dared to criticise governmental policies openly. Poignant and well-written, "1984 Here and Now" moves the readers’ heart and soul to root for the underdog and hope that there’ll never be a Big Brother in Malaysia.