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Prime Minister's Secret, ThePrime Minister's Secret, The by Jayaseela, Julian

Glamorous, strong-willed, and supported by a loving family, Rabiyah has been groomed all her life for a career in politics. She wants to win fair and square, but behind the scenes, strings have already been pulled in her favour. When it's her turn to make the rules, will she overhaul the system, or use it to her advantage? Junid grew up in the shadow of his father's imprisonment, and longs for a better Malaysia in which families won't suffer like his. When he discovers by chance what Rabiyah has kept hidden for two decades, he decides to take drastic action. Colourful, thrilling and written with great affection, The Prime Minister's Secret is a story about passion, money, corruption, the bonds of family, and the ends that people will go to for power - or freedom.

Memories And Musings: Wan Hussin ZoohriMemories And Musings: Wan Hussin Zoohri by

This memoir by former Singapore Member of Parliament Wan Hussin Zoohri tells about his early life in the kampong and how he had to sell kueh to survive. After becoming a teacher, he was awarded a schoarship to study at Oxford University. After teaching, he entered politics and became a PAP Member of Parliament. He talks about his unexpected entry into politics and his thoughts on a range of policies.

Piano Pedagogy: The AnswersPiano Pedagogy: The Answers by Chia, Dorothy

Dorothy Chia has provided model answers to her previous book, Piano Pedagogy-The Questions. This will be an excellent guide book to all piano teachers serious about their private piano teaching. It also serves as a good reference material for young candidates working towards taking the Diploma in Piano Teaching exam.

Piano Pedagogy: The QuestionsPiano Pedagogy: The Questions by Chia, Dorothy

This is an excellent guide book to all piano teachers serious about their private piano teaching. It also serves as a good reference material for young candidates working towards taking the Diploma in Piano Teaching exam.

Singapore: A Portrait In DiversitySingapore: A Portrait In Diversity by Soper, Tom

Singapore is a melting pot of nations: people from all over the world come to this small island to live and work. Tom Soper captures 50 stunning portraits of people from 50 different countries, where they and Soper share their thoughts and feelings about Singapore, their home countries, photography and portraiture. A beautiful parting gift to the city-state on her 50th birthday, Singapore: A Portrait In Diversity is a photography project celebrating the incredible diversity within this pulsing, red dot.

Banana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro-Fool's Metal Punk Journeys In Malaysia, Borneo And IndonesiaBanana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro-Fool's Metal Punk Journeys In Malaysia, Borneo And Indonesia by Ferrarese, Marco

Between 2010 and 2015, travel writer, author and metal punk guitarist Marco Ferrarese was the one and only "white elephant in the room" of the Malaysian metal punk scene. A European inbred metal punk fool stranded in a globalised world of transnational extreme music chop suey. In this highly electric and graphic memoir, Ferrarese tells you how it was to play lead guitar in Penang's thrashcore band WEOT SKAM, negotiating flimsy stage set-ups and shady promoters in order to gel into a developing world's music scene. He chases down long-haired metal punk descendants of Iban headhunting tribes, scrawny Bidayuh anarcho-punk rockers, Kadazan-Dusun activist artists, skullcap-toting Muslim death metallers, and gets you a seat in WEOT SKAM's rickety van for a DIY sleigh ride through the bowels of Jakarta and the vulgar, bogan-filled streets of Bali.

Rainforest Hero: The Life And Death Of Bruno ManserRainforest Hero: The Life And Death Of Bruno Manser by Suter, Ruedi

In 1984 Swiss shepherd Bruno Manser trekked through the virgin rainforests of Borneo to live among the jungle's last nomads. In six years among the Penan people, Manser witnessed the wholesale destruction of one of the world's most diverse ecosystems through rapid deforestation. He swore to do everything he could to stop it. Manser's globetrotting campaign brought the world's attention to tropical deforestation. It also made him an enemy of Asia's timber barons. In 2000 he disappeared without a trace. Ruedi Suter's engrossing biography charts Manser's extraordinary journey from a young man who sought to escape civilization for the peace of the jungle to a campaigner who would stand up to oligarchs, lead protests around the globe, and, ultimately, give his life for the forests that he loved.

Voices From The Rainforest: Testimonies Of A Threatened PeopleVoices From The Rainforest: Testimonies Of A Threatened People by Manser, Bruno

"The inhabitants of the rainforest must be allowed to speak for themselves," wrote Bruno Manser in 1992. Manser was careful to direct public attention to the plight of his adopted people, beleaguered by human rights abuses and the destruction of their home. This book tells the story of logging in Sarawak, its devastating effects on indigenous people, and government collusion with their suffering. It is a chronicle of injustice, brutality and resistance, recounted by Penan themselves, while Manser's illustrations bring the rainforest to life. This book is an essential record of the injustices suffered by the Penan in the 1980s and 1990s, and a reminder that the struggle is not over yet.

Zi Wei Dou Shu - Stars Of LifeZi Wei Dou Shu - Stars Of Life by Heng, Lilian

Written in simple English, the book attempts to bring the often arcane art of Si Hua Zi Wei to the non-mandarin readers and absolute beginners for this subject. There is a subtle departure of the stars description. The illustrations will provide a useful aid to help users to remember the stars' attributes. There is ample and concise information of the 18 major stars and their placements in the various aspects.

Feng Shui For Small SpacesFeng Shui For Small Spaces by Chong, Alan

Feng Shui for Small Spaces veers away from the common perception that feng shui is superstitious and religious in nature. Providing a fresh and modern perspective to feng shui and its practices, this book is an introduction to home geomancy. It focuses on the fundamental concepts: the placement of furniture and lighting as well as the organisation of space. Isometric three-dimensional illustrations accompany the easy-to-understand text that explain the principles.

Pioneering Disabled And The AbledPioneering Disabled And The Abled by Tan Guan Heng

Pioneering the disabled and the able is a series of profiles, poignantly recounting how disabled Singaporeans have overcome their difficulties and found success in life against impossible odds. It explodes the myth of the disabled as passive recipients of charity. Their profiles encapsulate the accomplishments and achievements of disabled people in their endeavors in scholarship, sports, the arts and sciences, and in their careers and professionals.

Malaysia's Malaysia's "Original People": Past, Present And Future Of The Orang Asli by Endicott, Kirk (Ed.)

This volume provides a comprehensive survey of current understandings of Malaysia's Orang Asli communities, covering their origins and history, cultural similarities and differences, and they ways they are responding to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing world. The authors, a distinguished group of Malaysian and international scholars with expertise in anthropology, archaeology, biology, education, therapy, geography and law, also show the importance of Orang Asli studies for the anthropological understanding of small-scale indigenous societies in general.

Yearning To Belong: Malaysia's Indian Muslims, Chitties, Portuguese Eurasians, Peranakan Chinese And BaweaneseYearning To Belong: Malaysia's Indian Muslims, Chitties, Portuguese Eurasians, Peranakan Chinese And Baweanese by Pillai, Patrick

Malaysia is among the most ethnically diverse and culturally rich nations on earth. Yet much of its cultural wealth lies buried beneath the rubric of its main Malay, Chinese and Indian "race" categories; the dazzling diversity within and outside these groups remains largely unexplored. This book uncovers some of this fascinating diversity through the stories of five little-known acculturated ethnic groups in Peninsula Malaysia. This book traces the acculturation journey of these communities and draws lessons for ethnic relations in one of the most complex multi-ethnic nations in the world. It will appeal to scholars, students, laymen and visitors interested in migration, history, culture, ethnicity and heritage in Malaysia and the region.

Integration: Perspectives Of A Naturalized Citizen by Sinha, Shruti

Integration Perspectives of a Naturalized Citizen shares the journey of Mr. Prakash Kumar Hetamsaria from an immigrant to a naturalized citizen of Singapore.

Singapore Chronicles: EurasiansSingapore Chronicles: Eurasians by Pereira, Alexius A.

Eurasians are people who have both European and Asian ancestry. They face and overcome issues of identity in Singapore that appear not to apply to certain other ethnic minorities here. To understand this phenomenon, this book explores the social history of Singapore Eurasians, focusing particularly on the 50 years since independence. The author, himself a Eurasian, also explains how one cardinal principle of post-colonial Singapore - the ideology and policy of multiracialism - has affected the evolution of the Eurasian identity.

Singapore Chronicles: IndiansSingapore Chronicles: Indians by Vineeta Sinha

Though a small minority within the Singapore society, the Indian community displays deep diversity within its own fabric. This book seeks to unpack complex questions of identity in Singapore's Indian community. Discussing the story of Singapore Indians within the larger narrative of Indian displacement and placement globally, it goes on to contextualise the Indian presence in Malaya and Singapore historically. The author maps the socio-economic, religious and linguistic complexities of the community, which is further complicated by ongoing new arrivals from India.

Kyichu Lhakhang: The Sacred Jewel Of BhutanKyichu Lhakhang: The Sacred Jewel Of Bhutan by Dungchen Sangay Dorji; Supawan Pui Lamsam Et Al

Kyichu Lhakhang is considered the spiritual heart of the Kingdom of Bhutan and its people. It is one of the most visited monasteries in Bhutan. An ancient site conceived and begun in the 7th century, Kyichu Lhakhang is a rare gem for historians and art connoisseurs. This book illuminates and documents the spiritual importance, inspiring artistry and rich history of this sacred temple. The book was compiled to enable both Buddhist pilgrims and ordinary visitors to appreciate fully the significance of Kyichu Lhakhang as a sanctuary with an enduring role in sustaining spiritual life in the face of modern challenges.

Quest For Dance, A: The Life And Times Of Singapore Dance Pioneer K.P. BhaskarQuest For Dance, A: The Life And Times Of Singapore Dance Pioneer K.P. Bhaskar by Bhaskar, K.P.; Wong C.M. (Ed); N. Nedumaran (Ed)

This is a story about a true dance pioneer in Singapore - the late Krishna Pillay Bhaskar. Not only was he a genuine pioneer within the island nation's Indian classical dance scene, he also witnessed and participated in seminal episodes that helped shape the overall performing arts landscape in Singapore. There were few in Singapore who dedicated their lives to the preservation, practice and promotion of the Indian dance arts with as much passion, perseverance and dignity, and sustained it over a longer period of time, than K.P. Bhaskar. Affectionately known as "Uncle" to his legion of students and to many in the arts community, he stood out as an outstanding example of how a personal voyage of artistic self-discovery inadvertently created a legacy, in the country that he chose to call home.

Rice: Cherished Stories Of The World's Favorite GrainRice: Cherished Stories Of The World's Favorite Grain by Stilwell, Alice Flinn

Three billion people eat rice every day, but no one's told its stories. Until now. For them, rice is life. Folk literature usually focuses on stories about kings, princes and heroes. There are few about farmers. Stories about animals are numerous, but plants seldom feature. This collection of legends puts this cherished simple grain respectfully in the lead role. Discover the secrets of rice. Gods, miracles, thieves, food, wives... yes, these are rich and dramatic tales.

Rice: Cherished Stories Of The World's Favorite GrainRice: Cherished Stories Of The World's Favorite Grain by Stilwell, Alice Flinn

Three billion people eat rice every day, but no one's told its stories. Until now. For them, rice is life. Folk literature usually focuses on stories about kings, princes and heroes. There are few about farmers. Stories about animals are numerous, but plants seldom feature. This collection of legends puts this cherished simple grain respectfully in the lead role. Discover the secrets of rice. Gods, miracles, thieves, food, wives... yes, these are rich and dramatic tales.