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Authoritarian Populism In Malaysia

Authoritarian Populism In Malaysia

Anne's 1993 PhD thesis, 'Authoritarian Populism in Malaysia', published in 1996 by Macmillan was ahead of its time in its theoretical and political conceptualization of this current world-wide phenomenon. She has updated her thesis as a reminder of this Malaysian variant of authoritarian populism and its consequences. Apart from the toxic effects of populism on ethnic relations, authoritarianism has cost the country billions through financial scandals including the current 1MDB losses. Clearly, good governance and populism cannot coexist. This book demonstrates how populism in Malaysia is long established and has been sustained ever since the New Economic Policy that came into force in the post-May 13, 1969 period. The Malaysian variant is a populism that is based on a call for ethnic entitlement ('Bumiputeraism') and one that has become increasingly Islamic in recent years. Anne's thesis also contains one of the most thorough expositions of the politics surrounding detention without trial and other repressive laws in Malaysia.

Budi Kritik

Budi Kritik

Budi Kritik is a compilation of 22 essays written by young writers - academics, researchers, community organisers and social activists - touching on five main themes relevant to Singapore Malays: (1) culture, language and literature; (2) religion, tradition and reform; (3) identity, race and gender; (4) inter- and intrafaith diversity; and (5) sociopolitics, thought and education.

Singapore, Disrupted: Essays On A Nation At The Crossroads Of Change

Singapore, Disrupted: Essays On A Nation At The Crossroads Of Change

Singapore is in a state of disruption. Change is here - disorienting, disturbing, sometimes distressing change. Change is also unequal. While shaking up many quarters at an alarming rate, it is not happening fast enough in the areas that truly matter, observes Chua Mui Hoong, political columnist and Opinion editor of The Straits Times, in this volume of fresh essays and published articles. As a journalist who writes from both the head and the heart - and often from a heartlander's perspective - she takes on issues such as joblessness and safety nets, meritocracy and elitism, marketplace upheavals and leadership transitions, and persuades us that in this new age of disruption, what Singapore needs is a new order.

Regime Resilience In Malaysia And Singapore

Regime Resilience In Malaysia And Singapore

Prominent scholars across the political divide and academic disciplines analyse how the dominant political parties in Malaysia and Singapore, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the People's Action Party (PAP), have stayed in power. With a focus on developments in the last decade and the tenures of Prime Ministers Najib Tun Razak and Lee Hsien Loong, the authors offer a range of explanations for how these regimes have remained politically resilient.

Thai Military Power: A Culture Of Strategic Accomodation

Thai Military Power: A Culture Of Strategic Accomodation

Thailand remains important by virtue of its location at the centre of the Asia-Pacific region, an area playing a vital role in world affairs. And yet, although Thailand has a comparatively large population and has powerful military forces performing significant roles in state and society, the country itself is seen as having little military power; it is a minor player. Why is this? Using strategic culture as an analytical framework, this book produces a portrait of the Thai state as an accommodative actor. During the period of Western imperial dominance in Asia, Thailand `bent in the wind' to preserve its independence by a limited trading of territory and sovereignty. This accommodative policy continues to the present day in different forms. A key feature is that military organisational culture reinforces a state ideology of royalist nationalism that in turn reinforces the national strategic culture. Significant here is internal political acceptance of not just military domination in civil-military relations but also of the Thai military's limitations in state-on-state combat.

Unapologetic

Unapologetic

Unapologetic is Boo Su-Lyn's bold vision for how Malaysians can build a nation of equals. While young Malaysia continues to search for her identity, Boo sets out some ideas on how we can make the land prosperous, not by avoiding uncomfortable truths, but by confronting them together and giving up all of our selfish privileges for the good of the nation. Unapologetic outlines Boo's plans if she were Prime Minister and contains several new essays, besides her columns at Malay Mail on various issues from sex and marriage to race, religion and democracy. Full of optimism, Unapologetic inspires a spark of hope for a radically new and brilliant future.

20 Years Of Can Asians Think? Commemorative Edition

20 Years Of Can Asians Think? Commemorative Edition

It has been 20 years since Kishore Mahbubani first took the bold step of asking the politically incorrect question, "Can Asians think?" His collection of essays has stood the test of time, continuing to resonate with both Asian and Western minds alike over two decades and four editions of the book. This 20th-anniversary edition provides an opportunity for all Asians, from East Asia to West Asia, from Central Asia to Southeast Asia, to reflect on how remarkable these past two decades - from 1998 to 2018 - have been for Asian history. As Asia's recent experience shows, and as this volume documents, Asians can think. Perhaps the time has finally come for Western thinkers to learn from Asian thinking.

China's Road

China's Road

China Road uses more than 400 precious historical pictures, coupled with authoritative and accurate textual explanations, to visually display major historical events that have taken place in every historical period in China since the Opium War. These fully reflect the Chinese people's efforts in various kinds of explorations and struggles to achieve national rejuvenation and make the country prosperous and strong.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #09: Malaysia's General Elections 2018: Understanding The Rural Vote

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #09: Malaysia's General Elections 2018: Understanding The Rural Vote

This study was carried out in Johor and Kedah through a combination of focus groups, formal and informal interviews and long-term ethnographic participant observation. The study shows that the rural vote is not homogeneous; views and perceptions that could lead to electoral action differs between regions, ages and genders. Daily survival and rising costs of living are the key common issues that were raised across all regions. The importance of Malay rights and the priority of Islam are also important to the rural voter. Younger voters might be open to the idea of a new government, but they need to overcome community and family pressure to break away from generational practices of voting for Barisan Nasional. Some rural voters feel that they gain no benefits from having either side of the political divide in power. While these voters generally do not see the point of voting, a last-minute decision to vote may go the way of the party that provides them with immediate gains.

Art

Artist Speaks, The: Georgette Chen

Artist Speaks, The: Georgette Chen

Through wars and revolutions, triumph and tragedy, loves lost and enduring, Georgette Chen forged an artistic vision that till today continues to enchant and inspire, and that renders her one of Singapore's most prominent artists. Chen's remarkable story is told here through her very own words, selected from an extensive archive spanning five decades. Together with her paintings, they constitute a compelling portrait of the artist's gentle spirit. The Artist Speaks series presents an intimate look at artists through their words and works, tracing the ideas, influences and experiences - as told by artists themselves - that constitute a vision.

Kandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic Journey

Kandy Esala Perahera: A Photographic Journey

The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This labour of love by Nadija Weeraratne is a compilation of beautiful photographs of the pageant taken over a period of eleven years.

After Utopia: Revisiting The Ideal In Asian Contemporary Art

After Utopia: Revisiting The Ideal In Asian Contemporary Art

In naming his fictional island 'Utopia', writer Thomas More conjoined the Greek words for 'good place' and 'no place' - a reminder that the idealised society he conjured was fundamentally phantasmal. Yet, the search and yearning for Utopia is a ceaseless endeavour. Predicated on a sense that the world is not enough, utopian principles and models of worlds have been perpetually re-imagined, and continue to haunt our consciousness through the centuries. Drawing mainly from the Singapore Art Museum's permanent collection, as well as artists' collections and new commissions, the exhibition After Utopia sought to ask where and how we have located these expressions of both our innermost yearnings as well as our contemporary realities. This fully illustrated catalogue features critical essays as well as artwork captions by the curators of After Utopia: Revisiting the Ideal in Asian Contemporary Art.

Medium At Large: Shapeshifting Material & Methods In Contemporary Art

Medium At Large: Shapeshifting Material & Methods In Contemporary Art

Medium at Large explored the idea of medium in contemporary art, probing some of the most fundamental and pressing questions of art - its making, and also our experience, encounter and understanding of it. The exhibition at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) revelled in the rich expanse of materials that contemporary artworks can be made of, and from, with artwork media ranging from oil paint to rattan, human hair, bullet shells, as well as 'dematerialised' media like sound and language. Encompassing 31 Southeast Asian and Asian contemporary artworks that were largely drawn from SAM's permanent collection, the exhibition examined the fluid nature of art as concept, process, method, and material. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue features five curatorial essays that reflect upon a range of issues surrounding contemporary art, such as the notion of time as a material, the relationship between painting and photography, the meaning of material(s), and how contemporary art is collected in a museum.

Bencharong: Chinese Porcelain For Siam

Bencharong: Chinese Porcelain For Siam

Bencharong, a unique class of Chinese export ware, was made exclusively for Thai royalty and the ruling elite in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Enamelled porcelain containers and dishes for the table and boudoir are resplendent in kaleidoscopic colors inspired by verdant, tropical vegetation. Lai Nam Thong ('gold-washed'), a variant, takes the opulence of this ware to a pinnacle by adding gold as an embellishment. Although Bencharong belongs both in place and time to the broader tradition of Chinese export art for the European and American markets, it is distinctively Thai in style and aesthetics. A wealth of lavish illustrations, many never before published, are visual revelations of Bencharong's splendor. The author traces the history of Bencharong from the renowned kilns of Jingdezhen to enamelling centres at coastal ports in southern China and its final destination - Ayutthaya and Bangkok.

Vibrancy In Stone: Masterpieces Of The Da Nang Museum Of Cham Sculpture

Vibrancy In Stone: Masterpieces Of The Da Nang Museum Of Cham Sculpture

This catalogue assembles sumptuous photographs of the world's leading collection of Cham sculpture, along with the most recent insights of Vietnamese and international scholars. The Champa culture thrived in magnificent temples, sculpture, dance and music along the central and southern coast of today's Vietnam from the 5th to the 15th centuries. A focused exploration here uncovers this brilliant yet almost lost culture to newcomers as well as experts. To mark its centenary, the Dà Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture has been expanded and refurbished to appropriately house the world's leading collection of Cham art. The museum staff, supported by the Southeast Asia art programme of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SoaS), London University, funded by the Alphawood Foundation, worked in concert with researchers from around the world to present these masterpieces.

Mohan Samant: Paintings

Mohan Samant: Paintings

Mohan Samant (1924 - 2004), among the earliest of the post-Independence modern Indian artists to train in India and settle as a successful mature artist in the West, has been called 'one of the few artists who has successfully made the bridge between Eastern and Western traditions.' This volume, the definitive work on the artist, presents a comprehensive overview of Samant's life and work, and includes essays on his place in the development of modernism in post-Independence India, a chronological survey of the styles, techniques, and themes employed by the artist and analyses of the media and techniques he utilized.

Islamic Bookbinding

Islamic Bookbinding

Islamic Bookbinding is dedicated to highlight the development of the binding tradition in the Islamic world. Over 70 bindings from the collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia are analysed and presented within their historical context. Bindings made of leather, lacquer and textile, gilded or blind tooled or exquisitely painted form the catalogue section of this publication. Moreover, the catalogue take a comprehensive look into the bookbinding technique discuss the stitching process, the preparation of the binding and its doublure, and flap. The catalogue also explores the art of bookbinding from around the Islamic world, spanning geographically from the Maghreb and moving eastward to cover the Malay world and China, and covering the various practices and decorative repertoire of binding known to Islamic dynasties such as the Mamluk, Ottoman, Safavid and Qajar.

History & Geography

Three Women Of Annam: Womanhood In 1920S Vietnam

Three Women Of Annam: Womanhood In 1920S Vietnam

Three Women of Annam. Womanhood in 1920s Vietnam was written by a French feminist of the early hours. She tells the story of three local women, contrasting their destinies as they belonged to different social strata. They are the daughter of a high-placed official called against her will to the imperial palace, a peasant woman ending in a city sweatshop due to the usury of a Chinese shop-keeper, and a so-called congaie, an indigenous woman in consecutive relationships with French colonial officials. The last of these women lives the most precarious, although intermittently rich, life. In status barely beyond life on the streets as a prostitute, she often has mixed-breed offspring that suffer a discrimination that perpetuates the near-abhorence of Asians for the foreign devils. The migrant to the city is tempted by the luxury associated with being a Frenchman's local wife. The noble woman's life, while in appearance the least difficult, has its own problems as a satisfactory emotional life escapes her in the face of absolute power. Prominent is the inner debate women have to conduct when confronted with the possibility of joining French wealth in the face of their own Annamese poverty. The destinies are plotted into timeless love-stories, happy-end included. In passing, the author offers glimpses of the daily life of French colonials, colonial delights such as opium, the pervasive role of Vietnamese ancestor worship, the stigma of a childless marriage, second wives, and the populace's fears and superstitions, in a Vietnam occupied by the French.

Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History Of Singapore (1880-1940)

Rickshaw Coolie: A People's History Of Singapore (1880-1940)

Between 1880 and 1930 colonial Singapore attracted tens of thousands of Chinese immigrant laborers, brought to serve its rapidly growing economy. This book chronicles the vast movement of coolies between China and the Nanyang, and their efforts to survive in colonial Singapore. Focusing in on one particular occupation, of rickshaw coolie, this study unveils the devastating poverty of the Chinese sojourner in the colonial city, the disjunctions between colonial order and the reality of life on the streets. Drawing on a broad range of sources, including Coroner's records overlooked for many years, and making use of the technique of collective biography, this book brings to life the texture of experience, the ironies and - often - the despair of the laborers of urban Singapore. In the years since its original publication in 1986, Rickshaw Coolie has become an inspiration to those seeking to come to grips with Singapore's past.

Views From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy Perspectives

Views From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy Perspectives

Views from Pulau Pinang brings together the writings of members of the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, with the aim of providing critical and alternative perspectives at the nexus between academia and policy discourse. Relating back to the history and intellectual traditions of Pulau Pinang it seeks to situate themes of knowledge production and social science research within a geographic space which has itself long been subject to forces of orientalism, colonisation, modernisation, developmentalism, globalisation, nationalism and intellectual captivity, but also forces of decolonisation, anti-orientalism and localism. It explores these forces in the context of nation-building, development and education, calling for new approaches to urbanization and the relationship between the city and kampung, the university system and the digital revolution, and the nation-state and governance.

Red Star Over The Third World

Red Star Over The Third World

From Cuba to Vietnam, from China to South Africa, the October Revolution remains as an inspiration. After all, that Revolution proved that the working class and the peasantry could not only overthrow an autocratic government but that it could form its own government, in its image. It proved decisively that the working class and the peasantry could be allied. It proved as well the necessity of a vanguard party that was open to spontaneous currents of unrest, but which could guide a revolution to completion. This book explains the power of the October Revolution for the Third World. It is not a comprehensive study, but a small book with a large hope - that a new generation will come to see the importance of this revolution for the working class and peasantry in that part of the world that suffered under the heel of colonial domination.

Nanyang: Essays On Heritage

Nanyang: Essays On Heritage

This volume is a book of reflections and encounters about the region that the Chinese knew as Nanyang. The essays in it look back at the years of uncertainty after the end of World War II and explore the period largely through images of mixed heritages in Malaysia and Singapore. They also look at the trends towards social and political divisiveness following the years of decolonization in Southeast Asia. Never far in the background is the struggle to build new nations during four decades of an ideological Cold War and the Chinese determination to move from near-collapse in the 1940s and out of the traumatic changes of the Maoist revolution to become the powerhouse that it now is.

Japanese Occupation Of Malaya And Singapore, 1941-45, The: A Social And Economic History

Japanese Occupation Of Malaya And Singapore, 1941-45, The: A Social And Economic History

For three-and-a-half bleak years during World War II, Japan occupied Malaya and Singapore, transforming a once prosperous and vibrant region into a desolate place rife with unemployment, corruption, inflation and shortages of essential supplies. As Japan's promised Greater East Asia crumbled, malnourished residents increasingly faced a struggle to survive, with little prospect of better times ahead. Originally published in 1998, this book is fully updated with material from newly discovered and recently translated documents and as well as new archival evidence. Kratoska's work offers a clear depiction of wartime life under foreign occupation, and explains how the legacies of war and occupation shaped the post-war recovery in Malaya and Singapore.

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City

Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City

This catalogue aimed at the general reader accompanies the exhibition Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City. Full-colour images and write-ups of all objects in the show, along with essays on a range of topics including pre-Angkorian cities, the 19th-century French exploratory missions, display of Cambodian culture and objects back in France, and the styles of Khmer sculpture enhance the experience of the show.

Traces Of The Ramayana And Mahabharata In Javanese And Malay Literature

Traces Of The Ramayana And Mahabharata In Javanese And Malay Literature

Local renderings of the two Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata in Malay and Javanese literature have existed since around the ninth and tenth centuries. In the following centuries new versions were created alongside the old ones, and these opened up interesting new directions. They questioned the views of previous versions and laid different accents, in a continuous process of modernization and adaptation, successfully satisfying the curiosity of their audiences for more than a thousand years. Much of this history is still unclear. For a long time, scholarly research made little progress, due to its preoccupation with problems of origin. The present volume, going beyond identifying sources, analyses the socio-literary contexts and ideological foundations of seemingly similar contents and concepts in different periods; it examines the literary functions of borrowing and intertextual referencing, and calls upon the visual arts to illustrate the independent character of the epic tradition in Southeast Asia.

Records, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural Heritage

Records, Recoveries, Remnants And Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural Heritage

This volume has at its conceptual core the inter-regional networks of Nalanda Mahavihara and its unique place in the Asian imaginary. The revival of Nalanda university in 2010 as a symbol of a shared inter-Asian heritage is this collection's core narrative. The multidisciplinary essays interrogate ways in which ideas, objects, texts, and travellers have shaped - and in turn have been shaped by - changing global politics and the historical imperative that underpins them. The question of what constitutes cultural authenticity and heritage valuation is inscribed from positions that support, negate, or reframe existing discourses with reference to Southeast and East Asia. The essays in this collection offer critical, scholarly, and nuanced views on the vexed questions of regional and inter-regional dynamics, of racial politics and their flattening hegemonic discourses in relation to the rich tangible and intangible heritage that defines an interconnected Asia.

Exhibiting The Fall Of Singapore: Close Readings Of A Global Event

Exhibiting The Fall Of Singapore: Close Readings Of A Global Event

In September 2017, the National Museum of Singapore launched Witness to War: Remembering 1942, a special international exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. In conjunction with Witness to War, an international conference - Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing War and Its Aftermath in Asia - was held at the museum on 4 & 5 September 2017. The conference brought international academics and museum practitioners together in conversation about the ways in which Asia's violent mid-20th-century history is understood and represented. It was co-organised with the War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership, an international, interdisciplinary network of academic specialists funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This publication is a collection of papers presented at the conference.

Social Issues

Food Matters: Food Security And The Future Of Food

Food Matters: Food Security And The Future Of Food

Food matters. It is a basic human need, yet its availability in adequate, safe, nutritious and regular amounts for humans is by no means assured. While land and water for food production are both declining at alarming rates due to natural and human causes, the demand for food is still growing as populations all over the world increase. The unending questions - where food comes from; how it is grown; how climate change impacts the supply of vegetables and fish and what we can do about it; nutrition in diet; future new types of food that will be produced in factories; how safe is organic food and GMOs, etc. - present some of the most pressing food-related issues everyone, from leaders and policymakers to corporate chiefs and man-in-the-street, needs to be aware of. This seminal book, Food Matters, by Professor Paul Teng and Manda Foo provides explanations to the many questions asked about today's food sources and quality. Written in prose that is easily understandable, it takes the reader through the fascinating story of the origin of our common foods, how they have changed in looks and their methods of production, and discusses many issues on the minds of consumers and governments.

Our Cities, Our Homes: People Places And Passions

Our Cities, Our Homes: People Places And Passions

The world has been in a state of disruptive flux for decades. This transformation signals an unfolding process of creative destruction: society, the economy, politics, cultural life, technology and the environment have, in many ways, changed beyond recognition. Anwar Fazal has been one of the world's leading witnesses to these dramas - an engaged and engaging public intellectual who has been at the forefront of local and global efforts to forge innovative solutions to pressing problems. This book brings together, for the first time, some of his most important contributions to debates about what kinds of alternative futures are possible. At their heart are a deeply felt commitment to people-centred development, incorporating the values of justice, sustainability and inclusiveness, and the potential of capacity building, enabling people to build on the capabilities they already possess. Written in an accessible style, infused with a clear-eyed passion for emboldened people and liveable places, this is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of the planet.

Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality?

Corruption And Crime In Malaysia: Perception Or Reality?

The author is a criminologist, crime analyst, and former graft-buster who highlights the evils of graft and crime, how to detect, deter and measure it, and offers solutions to curb and prevent it. Various criminological theories are discussed as we get introduced to, in an easy to understand and unbiased manner, the real situation of corruption and crime in Malaysia. Corruption and crime in Malaysia provides the glaring instances of corruption investigations and prosecutions amongst public servants and politicians involving famous cases such as 1MDB, SRC, FELDA scandals, Tabung Haji, Sabah Water scandal and the issues of money laundering, assets declaration, political donation, kleptocracy, polygraph testing and the general election. This book provides insight into causes of crime, its criminals and victims such as delinquency, drug smuggling, addiction, human trafficking, terrorism and the various punishments for such crimes.

Women On Board: Making A Real Difference

Women On Board: Making A Real Difference

This book features 24 female directors and highlights their directorship journeys. Cutting across age, race, profession and background, the profiles of these exceptional women will inspire readers and debunk the notion of the corporate boardroom as dull and colourless. Politically engaged, socially resilient and acutely attuned to the changes around them, women in boardrooms are making their mark. As diversity is pushed to the forefront, this publication provides thought leadership on women directorships around 12 boardroom themes such as business models, digital economy and risk management.

Catching Thunder: The True Story Of The World's Longest Sea Chase

Catching Thunder: The True Story Of The World's Longest Sea Chase

December, 2014: In the forbidding waters off Antarctica, Captain Hammarstedt of the Bob Barker embarks on a voyage unlike any seen before. Across ten thousand miles of hazardous seas, Hammarstedt's crew will relentlessly pursue the Thunder - an infamous illegal fishing ship - for what will become the longest chase in maritime history. Wanted by Interpol, the Thunder has for years evaded justice: accumulating millions in profits, hunting endangered species and ruthlessly destroying ocean habitats. The authors follow this incredible expedition from the beginning. The wake of the Thunder leads them to trail of criminal kingpins, rampant corruption, modern slavery, and an international community content to turn a blind eye. Very soon, apprehending Thunder becomes more than a chase but a pursuit of the truth itself and a symbolic race to preserve the well-being of our planet. A Scandinavian best-seller, Catching Thunder is a remarkable true story of courage and perseverance, and a wake-up call to act against the destruction of our environments.

Religion & Philosophy

Buddhism, Politics And Political Thought In Myanmar

Buddhism, Politics And Political Thought In Myanmar

This is the first book to provide a broad overview of the ways in which Buddhist ideas have influenced political thinking and politics in Myanmar. Matthew J. Walton draws extensively on Burmese language sources from the last 150 years to describe the 'moral universe' of contemporary Theravada Buddhism that has anchored most political thought in Myanmar. In explaining multiple Burmese understandings of notions such as 'democracy' and 'political participation', the book provides readers with a conceptual framework for understanding some of the key dynamics of Myanmar's ongoing political transition. Some of these ideas help to shed light on restrictive or exclusionary political impulses, such as anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalism or scepticism towards the ability of the masses to participate in politics. Walton provides an analytical framework for understanding Buddhist influences on politics that will be accessible to a wide range of readers and will generate future research and debate.

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

Buddhism In Asia: Revival And Reinvention

The birth of Buddhism goes back to the sixth century BCE and, over the centuries, there has been considerable variety as well as considerable change in its doctrines, practices and propagation across the different parts of Asia. This volume showcases the expansion in the religion's contours and popularity in Asia in modern times. Focusing on India, Sri Lanka and China, the essays in the book highlight the cross-fertilization between Buddhism and contemporary discourses which makes the phenomenon of Buddhist revival in Asia unambiguously modern. This is a historically rich and readable volume which will interest general readers as well as students and scholars of history and of Buddhism.

Q&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational Islamophobia

Q&A With An Islamophobe: Concise Responses To Counter Irrational Islamophobia

Concise responses to over 200 most vile, widely debunked and yet variedly repeated Islamophobic comments levelled against ordinary Muslims and Islam today by renowned Islamophobes, anti-Muslim groups, talk-show hosts, presidential candidates and right-wing politicians, either out of intolerance or ignorance. This book is a collection of such remarks and more importantly, long overdue counter-points responding to the oft-repeated Islamophobic statements increasingly commonplace today. Given the wide-ranging, divisive and worrying questions some of our children or teenage children are bound to be confronted with - or are asking - or sooner or later will start asking, this book will hopefully serve as a quick reference point.

Culture & People

Being Malaysia

Being Malaysia

"An impressive, insightful effort. In it, Steven writes about his reflections over the years as an MP on the issues of ideology b, religion, race relations, identity politics, the economy and good governance. He shares his thoughts freely, even encouraging us to imagine the possibilities democracy will offer us if we only go out and demand it from our political representatives and our government." - Dato Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Leader of the Opposition in the Dewan Rakyat, Parliament of Malaysia)

Baba Folk Beliefs And Superstitions (Reprinted 2018)

Baba Folk Beliefs And Superstitions (Reprinted 2018)

How does a nonya use a yam stalk to control the sexual powers of her wayward baba? Why are Baba children never given sugarcane to chew at twilight? What does it mean if a baba has five hairs growing from a mole on his face?

Ketuanan Melayu: A Story Of The Thinking Norm Of The Malay Political Elite

Ketuanan Melayu: A Story Of The Thinking Norm Of The Malay Political Elite

AB Sulaiman was born in a remote jungle-fringe traditional Malay village named Kampong Selayang. Today the tree-studded kampong is tucked virtually under a three-tier major crossroads linking roads from north to south, east and west of peninsula Malaysia. When viewed from the air it is a virtual island surrounded by modern suburban residences, bustling commercial centres and high rise condominiums. He does not fail to see the contrast. He sees this as a metaphor revealing the ugly truth that the community appears besieged by the demands and advances of modernity. It fits well with the axiom you can take a Malay out of his kampong, but you can't take the kampong out of the Malay. This observation matters a lot to him for this conservative arm of the Malay community is holding the reins of government, thus raising the question of whether or not it is technically competent and equipped to lead the country into the future. It is on this note that he writes this book.

World Press Photo 2018

World Press Photo 2018

Publishing the results of the most recent annual World Press Photo Contest, this exceptional book contains the very best press photographs from the year 2017 - pictures submitted by photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Selected from thousands of images, these prizewinning photos capture the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year.

China And The New Maoists

China And The New Maoists

Forty years after his death, Mao remains a totemic, if divisive, figure in contemporary China. In China and the New Maoists, Kerry Brown and Simone van Nieuwenhuizen look at the increasingly vocal elements who claim to be the true ideological heirs to Mao, ranging from academics to cyberactivists, as well as at the state's efforts to draw on Mao's image as a source of legitimacy. This is a fascinating portrait of a country undergoing dramatic upheavals while still struggling to come to terms with its past.

Journey To Impact: Bringing Hope And Change To Indonesia's Youth Through Social Entrepreneurship

Journey To Impact: Bringing Hope And Change To Indonesia's Youth Through Social Entrepreneurship

Veronica Colondam established the YCAB Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1999. YCAB stands for Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa, which translates from Indonesian to English as 'Loving the Nation's Children Foundation'. The foundation is dedicated to the betterment of children's lives through education and financial assistance. Veronica's and YCAB's stories are inextricably intertwined and Journey to Impact tells both. Veronica is open and honest about the steep learning curve she encountered in the early years of YCAB, detailing what she learnt from her failures and struggles, as well as how she achieved her successes. In 2001, Veronica became the youngest-ever recipient of the UN-Vienna Civil Society Award, which elevated YCAB's image, especially in the media, and made the foundation's future work possible.

Consul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In Siam

Consul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In Siam

Consul in Paradise describes a life full of interest, and a world that is now long past. Embracing all of Siamese life, we discover a racing stable with just one pony and Siam expertise in beetle fighting, the Siamese language and etiquette, and the nuances between the mountain tribes. It relates a distant period of diplomacy, a time when Wood's duties could include concocting love potions, exorcizing evil spirits (at one time from a rice bin), and creating huge straw hats to protect elephants from sunstroke. This evocative portrait of a corner of the British Empire, an entertaining encounter between Victorian Britain and Siam, "consists merely of a little of the froth collected by a cork which has floated for 68 years on the seas of Siamese and Anglo-Siamese life." This is a new edition of a charming memoir that combines humor, history, and an exploration of a culture that is as distant in time as place.

Architecture

Small Homes: Grand Living - Interior Design For Compact Spaces

Small Homes: Grand Living - Interior Design For Compact Spaces

Small Homes, Grand Living's assortment of projects and homes pays homage to the iconic innovation within modest living areas and shows the creative usage of space in continually expanding urban areas. As more people across the globe move into cities, living space becomes a precious commodity. Designers, architects, and innovative inhabitants seek new ways of creating a home that is just as comfortable as it is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Where does one stow clothing, bicycles, suitcases, or bed linens? Where is the perfect place for the desk, bed, or couch? How does one use less square meters more effectively? Compact flats perched atop the roofs on high-rise buildings. A one-bedroom apartment that houses a family of four. Stairs that cleverly transform into wardrobes. This book offers real interior design solutions directly from the occupants' imaginations.

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series (Box Set)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series (Box Set)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes highlights the key architectural features of conserved houses. The editorial team, headed by former Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri, developed a list of historically significant types of homes in consultation with architectural historians and practising architects. Each of the 5 books in the series features one specific home style, and covers both the exteriors and interiors of the heritage houses, including those privately owned and seldom seen. There are also interviews of people who have lived in or are living in heritage houses, many of which are conserved. These pocketbooks are a boon to heritage buffs who want a visually appealing, bite-size introduction to Singapore's heritage homes.

Functional Shophouse, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Functional Shophouse, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes highlights the key architectural features of conserved houses. The editorial team, headed by former Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri, developed a list of historically significant types of homes in consultation with architectural historians and practising architects. Each of the 5 books in the series features one specific home style, and covers both the exteriors and interiors of the heritage houses, including those privately owned and seldom seen. There are also interviews of people who have lived in or are living in heritage houses, many of which are conserved. These pocketbooks are a boon to heritage buffs who want a visually appealing, bite-size introduction to Singapore's heritage homes.

Beauty Of Black & White, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Beauty Of Black & White, The (Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes Series)

Living Treasures: Singapore's Heritage Homes highlights the key architectural features of conserved houses. The editorial team, headed by former Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri, developed a list of historically significant types of homes in consultation with architectural historians and practising architects. Each of the 5 books in the series features one specific home style, and covers both the exteriors and interiors of the heritage houses, including those privately owned and seldom seen. There are also interviews of people who have lived in or are living in heritage houses, many of which are conserved. These pocketbooks are a boon to heritage buffs who want a visually appealing, bite-size introduction to Singapore's heritage homes.

Law

Politics Of Shari'a Law, The: Islamist Activists And The State In Democratizing Indonesia

Politics Of Shari'a Law, The: Islamist Activists And The State In Democratizing Indonesia

The Islamization of politics in Indonesia after 1998 presents an underexplored puzzle: why has there been a rise in the number of shari'a laws despite the electoral decline of Islamist parties? Michael Buehler presents an analysis of the conditions under which Islamist activists situated outside formal party politics may capture and exert influence in Muslim-majority countries facing democratization. His analysis shows that introducing competitive elections creates new pressures for entrenched elites to mobilize and structure the electorate, thereby opening up new opportunities for Islamist activists to influence politics. Buehler's analysis of changing state-religion relations in formerly authoritarian Islamic countries illuminates broader theoretical debates on Islamization in the context of democratization. This timely text is essential reading for students, scholars, and government analysts.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And Outcomes

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #23: Legislation On Underwater Cultural Heritage In Southeast Asia: Evolution And Outcomes

This paper examines the evolution of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) legislation in Southeast Asia. Legislation in every country differs, with some reflecting great cultural awareness and some signalling neglect. Countries examined include Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore. Singapore, in particular, does not have legislation dealing specifically with UCH, although both terrestrial and underwater cultural heritage policy is currently under review. Singapore can afford institutional investigation and excavation, thereby avoiding the pitfalls of private partnerships. Singapore can afford enforcement. By cherry-picking the most effective UCH policies from like-minded governments and moulding them to fit Singapore's unique circumstance Singapore could go from non-starter to leader through a single act of parliament.

Education

Arts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated Approach

Arts And Crafts In Waldorf Schools: An Integrated Approach

Arts and crafts are a core part of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum, helping children to develop emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually, as well as learning practical skills. This comprehensive book addresses every aspect of arts and crafts, including woodwork, forestry, metalwork, stone carving, clay modelling, pottery and much more. Written by experienced Waldorf craft teachers, this comprehensive book is an invaluable tool and resource for Middle and Upper School (Classes 5 to 13).

Painting At School: A Handbook For Elementary And Secondary Education In Waldorf Schools

Painting At School: A Handbook For Elementary And Secondary Education In Waldorf Schools

Watercolour painting is a key part of the Waldorf curriculum, and is important in the healthy development of a child. This lovely book is a thorough overview of watercolor painting in the Waldorf curriculum, up to Class 12 (age 18). It includes practical advice for teachers and clear exercises. It discusses Goethe's theory of colour as well as how to paint with different ages and grades.

Maths Reference Book

Maths Reference Book

The Maths Reference Book is meant for: Students who have dyscalculia; Students who have maths difficulties; Dyslexics who have maths difficulties; Slow learners; Students who fail maths in the lower primary; Teens/adults who have dyscalculia/severe maths difficulties. The book is suitable to be used in combination with Educational Therapy, it will help students on their journey to learn and enjoy Mathematics. It contains most topics of the Maths curriculum in Primary Schools and International Schools in Singapore such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, place value, algebra etc. More than twenty topics are included and examples can be followed in small structured steps and through visual representations that convey math concepts. It will help students to become more independent and gain more confidence in Mathematics. Through Educational Therapy and use of the Maths Reference Book the students will experience less Maths anxiety and produce better results. It will also provide them with an opportunity to experience success and maintain a positive attitude towards Mathematics.

Dyscalculia - A Mathematics Disorder - And Math Difficulties In Singapore

Dyscalculia - A Mathematics Disorder - And Math Difficulties In Singapore

This book provides information about Dyscalculia, a learning disorder in Mathematics. According to research studies, 3-8% of the population may struggle with this. Dyscalculia may also include difficulties related to telling time, directions and managing money. If undiagnosed, students may also develop anxiety issues, which may affect their social life or even lead to depression. The book covers the characteristics abd causes of Dyscalculia, criteria for diagnosis and consequences for adult life. Students and their parents who have contributed their stories, share their experiences in an open and candid way. The book inlcudes tips for the parents and teachers and also focuses on early intervention and early numeracy skills. Lastly, research studies from NIE/NTU as well as international studies related to Dyscalculia and math difficulties will be highlighted. Early math intervention in the form of educational therpay and an extensive support network as described in the book, are crucial for these students in order to cope with their challenges.

Science & Technology

Island Life: A Natural History Of Pulau Tengah, Johor, Malaysia

Island Life: A Natural History Of Pulau Tengah, Johor, Malaysia

Set in the protected Johor Marine Park, Pulau Tengah is three kilometres in circumference with an elevation of 150m at its highest point. Though just sixteen kilometres from the fishing town of Mersing, Johor, and 140km from Singapore, the island ticks every fantasy of an uninhabited paradise island. The beaches that encircle most of the island attract Green and Hawksbill turtles that land to lay their eggs from March to October. The translucent waters that surround the island are home to both coral reefs and meadows of sea grass which in themselves house rich marine life. This book sets out to document and share a broad overview of the natural history of Pulau Tengah. It is a dedication to the work of Batu Batu's staff and the various experts and nature lovers who have visited the island and contributed a little to its preservation.

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Beijing

Natural Bounty Of China Series, The: Beijing

The Natural Bounty of China is an important book series of 60 titles that comprehensively documents the vast diversity of China's natural resources. China recognizes more than 1,600 products unique to the country - known as geographical indication products. This series describes these products in detail, with each single volume focusing on a particular region of China and the unique products cultivated there. This volume looks at the abundant resources and products of China's historic capital city, Beijing.

Literature

Soulless: Inspector Mislan And The Faceless Girl

Soulless: Inspector Mislan And The Faceless Girl

In a sleazy back alley of Kuala Lumpur, the body of a young woman is found. She was killed in a sadistic manner and her features erased beyond recognition. Inspector Mislan Latif and Detective Sergeant Johan Kamaruddin of Special Investigations (D9) take the case. What puzzles them is that no one had lodged a missing-persons report, so the young woman is not only faceless but completely unknown. An autopsy by Dr. Safia reveals a mysterious object lodged in the victim's stomach. Had she been killed as a result of a theft gone wrong? If so, why the need to erase any trace she ever existed? Becoming increasingly troubled by the case, Mislan and Johan make a trip across the border and uncover a sinister network that serves some very well-connected individuals - people who will now stop at nothing to keep their inhuman activities a secret.

Dark Demon Rising (20Th Anniversary Edition)

Dark Demon Rising (20Th Anniversary Edition)

A newly revised 20th anniversary edition of Tunku Halim's first novel. Shazral leads a comfortable life as a corporate lawyer in Kuala Lumpur, complete with sports car and hot girlfriend. But a call from his kampung tells him that his estranged father is dying. Shazral had left the kampung in anger almost a decade ago, but now feels the irresistible pull to return. His father isn't just an ordinary villager but the most respected bomoh in the area. And when Pak Abas with his dying breath wants Shazral to accept his "inheritance", he is not just talking about physical property. While fighting both the literal and figurative demons of the past and present, Shazral also needs to decide whether to accept the supernatural but potentially terrifying destiny of his heritage.

Hook And Eye: Stories From The Margins

Hook And Eye: Stories From The Margins

Stories set in disparate locations in Singapore, ranging from landed properties to migrant worker dormitories, they speak of struggles and persistence. And love.

Travel

Monocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The

Monocle Guide To Hotels, Inns And Hideaways, The

Monocle's latest book will tell you where to find a top hotel - and also how to design or run your own. Both inspirational and packed with insight, it will be a must-have guide for the globally minded. In this brand-new book, Monocle reveals not only its 100 favourite hotels but also how you could start number 101 on its list with a wealth of advice and insight into what owning and running a perfect establishment involves. From stunning photography and illustration to snappy essays and sharp observations, this book delivers a complete review of everything from escapists' boltholes to third spaces for entrepreneurs.

Ancient Sites Of Southeast Asia: A Traveler's Guide Through History, Ruins And Landscapes

Ancient Sites Of Southeast Asia: A Traveler's Guide Through History, Ruins And Landscapes

Designed to assist the adventurous visitor to the region, the book is also an armchair traveler's introduction to many of the most historic and visually engaging monuments across seven nations: Indonesia,Vietnam, Cambodia,Thailand, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and Malaysia. In addition to background on and descriptions of individual sites, the guide provides essential tips for travelers and an extensive reading list and glossary.The result of over twenty years of research and site visits by the author, archaeologist, and architectural conservator William Chapman, Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia provides a succinct overview of the region's many historic ruins and related sites.

Walk Through Paris, A: A Radical Exploration

Walk Through Paris, A: A Radical Exploration

Eric Hazan leads us by the hand in this walk from Ivry to Saint-Denis, roughly following the meridian that divides Paris into east and west, and passing such familiar landmarks as the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pompidou Centre, the Gare du Nord and Montmartre, as well as little-known alleyways and arcades. Filled with historical anecdotes, geographical observations and literary references, Hazan's walk guides us through an unknown Paris.

Business

Hunting The Killer Idea

Hunting The Killer Idea

Killer Ideas. They re out there. Wild, unpredictable and dangerous. So powerful they can stop a person in their tracks, turn a life around, start a revolution, or even change the world. Hunting the Killer Idea takes the intrepid reader through the jungle of the mind as the creative process is brought to life in vivid detail. Examining what it is that makes great ideas stand the test of time as we attempt to capture the essence of creativity. Along the way we talk to those who have hunted down their own Killer Idea and lived to tell the tale. This book is essential reading for anyone who knows they've got a Killer Idea hiding somewhere deep inside and the time to hunt it down has come. Hunting The Killer Idea: Captures the creative process in a fresh, unexpected and compelling way like never seen before.

Leisure

Keto East

Keto East

Food is Love. American-Singaporean Kelly knew this as a child eating her family's Asian dishes. However, food became a nightmare in her twenties as she battled a yo-yo weight gain that escalated into self-loathing for 18 years. Discovering low carb high fat (LCHF) Ketogenic eating lifestyle from her husband doctor Dan, she returned to love: in her marriage, with her food, and ultimately with herself. Keto East honors her favorite delicious childhood recipes, which Kelly offers up Keto style. Rarely is a cookbook such an emotional journey, Kelly's love story will inspire anyone that has struggled or struggles with food and their weight to live KETO, enjoying delicious and satisfying comfort foods while reclaiming their health and self-esteem.

Kandaqstan: The Empire Of Taste, The Melting Pot Of Flavours

Kandaqstan: The Empire Of Taste, The Melting Pot Of Flavours

In one word, Kandaqstan brings up images of crowds and long queues patiently waiting at a stall or restaurant for a plate of steaming hot rice and a mélange of curries with meat, fish, eggs, ladies' fingers, coconut chutney and green chillies. And it comes from Penang, from the heyday when it was a bustling free port and workers, stevedores and even top maritime officials wanted a quick meal that had the daily dose of protein and carbohydrates, with flavours that would make you eat any time of the day and night. That meal is called Nasi Kandar: rice and dishes that were originally in pots within wicker baskets balanced on a wooden pole and brought to the gates of the 24/7 ports in George Town and Butterworth. What is it in this meal that people rave about, lust for, travel for miles and line up for? And where are the best nasi kandar? What gets the maximum five ladies' fingers on the Kandaqstan rating system?

Living The Dream....Or Enduring The Nightmare?

Living The Dream....Or Enduring The Nightmare?

One thought his club was a BBQ restaurant. Another had never seen a match.There are messiahs and men on the run, philanthropists and fraudsters, a gun-runner, fake sheikhs and others who don't exist. Some even like football. The adventures of British football's foreign legion of owners are as diverse as their backgrounds. Even the successes are scarcely credible: an oligarch and a sheikh rescued their clubs from the abyss, turningthem into grateful global enterprises. In these fascinating tales, theSun sportswriter & BFM pundit Bob Holmes takes us to oblivion and back - and lives to tell the tale.

Flavors Of Indonesia: William Wongso's Culinary Wonders

Flavors Of Indonesia: William Wongso's Culinary Wonders

The quintessential tastes of Indonesia are rich yet subtle, complex yet elegant. Each region of Indonesia is home to a distinctive cuisine, many of which trace back to the marvelous, abundant history of these islands. In this great nation, food is about creating a harmonious melange of diverse flavors, passions, beliefs, and traditions. Flavors of Indonesia is a beautifully illustrated Indonesian cookbook, culinary guide and cultural exploration that introduces readers to the specialties and characteristics of the world's largest archipelago. Celebrated chef and Indonesian TV personality William Wongso takes you on a journey through Indonesia, retracing the religious, architectural, and culinary history of Java as seen through the island's royal cuisine.

Children

Anna And Johanna: A Children's Book Inspired By Jan Vermeer

Anna And Johanna: A Children's Book Inspired By Jan Vermeer

This delightful tale about two young friends in 17th-century Holland is inspired by Vermeer's two masterpieces, "The Milkmaid" and "The Lacemaker." Although one is the daughter of a wealthy Dutch family and the other a household servant, Anna and Johanna become friends. Born on the same day, they celebrate their joint birthdays by making gifts for each other. But then a letter arrives that changes their lives forever. Told against the backdrop of the 17th-century Dutch city of Delft and its thriving commercial and artistic culture, this story of an unlikely friendship echoes the themes of Vermeer's luminous depiction of domestic life. Florence Koenig's brightly colored illustrations evoke Vermeer's style through the city's multifaceted landscapes, from misty mornings by the canals to busy households preparing for a special day. Young readers will be fascinated by this uplifting story of friendship inspired by Jan Vermeer.

Illustrated Atlas Of Architecture And Marvelous Monuments, The

Illustrated Atlas Of Architecture And Marvelous Monuments, The

The Illustrated Atlas of Architecture and Marvelous Monuments presents a world of breathtaking buildings and their incredible stories through illustrated maps and engaging factsheets. Sarah Tavernier and Alexandre Verhille have already deftly shown with Legendary Routes of the World that they are experts in showcasing the biggest and the best. Now, for The Illustrated Atlas of Architecture and Marvelous Monuments, they researched the longest bridges, tallest towers, the most impressive cultural sites, and plenty of curiosities. Exciting facts are woven together with a myriad of architectural styles; the material feats are skillfully and artfully placed upon bold maps, situating the constructions within a geographic context.

Music From Around The World For Three-Part Recorder Ensembles

Music From Around The World For Three-Part Recorder Ensembles

It can be surprisingly hard for teachers to find good quality music from a variety of cultural backgrounds, which is suitably scored for school recorders. Michael Preston, who grew up in Africa and New Zealand, has compiled this wonderful collection of folk music from around the world. The selections are easy to see and not too hard to sight-read for children. They are rich, varied and interesting, with the possibility of harmonic accompaniment if wished. The songs are suitable for children in Class 5 and up. Each section includes an introduction to the country or region, to give some flavour of the music.

Tails Of Aetann: A Sunset Story Part 1 - The First Fields

Tails Of Aetann: A Sunset Story Part 1 - The First Fields

The Tails of Ae'tann is a richly illustrated hardcover book that tells the tale of three puppies, Red, Olive and Ollie, and follows them on a grand journey filled with excitement, danger and discovery. In this book, Red, Olive and Ollie are three adorable puppies eagerly waiting to be born into the World. When a silly decision leads to tragic and unintended consequences, they are drawn into mysterious realm filled with wonder and awe, new friends and allies, but also evil, unimaginable to their young minds. The book references and interweaves mythology and tales of the past into the story. Look out for elements of Norse, German, Jewish, Japanese, Chinese, and Classical myths and tales, amongst others.

Eyeyah! Internet

Eyeyah! Internet

EYEYAH! uses art and design as a creative way to teach children about the internet and make them aware of some of its dangers. It is a tool for parents and teachers to talk to children about addiction, social media and online strangers. It is made up of 40 specially commissioned artworks by artists from Singapore and 15 other countries.


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