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Seeds Of Dissent: Selected Essays On Political Reforms And Social ChangeSeeds Of Dissent: Selected Essays On Political Reforms And Social Change by Khoo Ying Hooi

Seeds of Dissent is a collection of 55 essays by Khoo Ying Hooi. It engages a variety of political questions rooted within the contentious terrain of culture and power in Malaysia. These essays critically speak to the multiple ways in which the dominant political power shapes and perpetuates widespread social injustice. Spanning 2012-2014, this timely collection not only provides deeply unique and thought-provoking political insights into understanding Malaysian politics and society but also guides the reader to rethinking the role of dissenting voices in shaping the future of the country.

Melayu Singapura: Sebagai Kaum Minoriti Dan Muslim Dalam Sebuah Negeri BlobalMelayu Singapura: Sebagai Kaum Minoriti Dan Muslim Dalam Sebuah Negeri Blobal by Hussin Mutalib

Orang Melayu merupakan antara tiga kaum terbesar di Republik ini. Buku ini mengetengahkan permasalahan dan analisis menyeluruh mengenai 'cerita orang Melayu Singapura'. Dibentang dan dibahaskan secara menyakinkan, penulis menganalisis kesemua aspek penting dan mencabar yang dilalui masyarakat Melayu - merangkumi isu-isu politik, pendidikan, ekonomi, sosial, agama dan kepimpinan. Buku ini adalah sumbangan amat penting dalam usaha kita memahami orang Islam Singapura dan liku-liku hidup yang mereka alami sebagai rakyat sebuah negeri global. Buku ini amat berguna kepada para pengkaji dan penyelidik serta golongan pelajar dan pembaca umum yang berminat dalam bidang-bidang Pengajian Singapura, Pengajian Asia Tenggara, Permasalahan Kaum Minoriti, Dunia Melayu dan Islam di Asia.

Alamak! All In God's NameAlamak! All In God's Name by K.J. John

Since the onset of the reformasi movement in the late 1990s Malaysia has had a lively alternative media - one that exposes the evident injustices, wrongdoing and, above all, the abuse of power in the country. As one of the most prominent voices in the media, K.J. John has selected forty articles he has written for Malaysiakini over the past decade that cut through the facade of official silence to reveal important and disturbing truths. The collection features many of the critical events, scandals and struggles that have beset Malaysia. Supported by contributions from four leading social activists - Zainah Anwar, Marina Mahathir, Tunku 'Abidin Muhriz and Azmi Sharom - this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand what is at stake in the making of Malaysia's future.

Malay Ideas On Development: From Feudal Lord To CapitalistMalay Ideas On Development: From Feudal Lord To Capitalist by Shaharuddin Maaruf

This book provides an overview of the history of Malaysia's political ideas and economic policies.

Teacher Thinker Rebel Why? Portraits Of Chee Soon JuanTeacher Thinker Rebel Why? Portraits Of Chee Soon Juan by

This book attempts to present the real side of the SDP leader the Singaporean public seldom reads and hears about. Ten contributors, including Joshua Chiang, Joshua Chiang, Constance Singam, Sir Graham Watson and Wong Souk Yee, have come together to tell us the Dr Chee they know.

Alternative Vision For Malaysia, AnAlternative Vision For Malaysia, An by Jeyakumar Devaraj

This is a collection of speeches and essays by Dr. Jeyakumar Devaraj, a Malaysian opposition parliamentarian. A social activist since his university days, he is a founding member of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia and is currently a PSM central committee member. In this collection, Dr. Jeyakumar champions the needs of the common man, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, and proposes how political systems must address social challenges.

Malaysia: 45 Years Under The Internal Security ActMalaysia: 45 Years Under The Internal Security Act by Koh Swe Yong

This book documents various events that have occurred in Malaysia related to the Internal Security Act since it was first implemented in 1960. There are analyses as well as accounts by former detainees.

Trade, Development, And Political Economy In East Asia: Essays In Honour Of Hal HillTrade, Development, And Political Economy In East Asia: Essays In Honour Of Hal Hill by Athukorala, Prema-Chandra Et Al (Eds.)

This volume is a tribute to Professor Hal Hill, one of the most distinguished and internationally renowned Australian development economists and the single most important Australian figure in the networks that bind the Australian and Southeast Asian economics professions over the past four decades. The volume contains twelve original contributions by distinguished scholars who are at the forefront of their own subject areas. The contributions are thematically arranged into three parts to reflect Professor Hills wide-ranging research interests: trade policy issues central to the development policy debate, structural change and global economic integration in East Asian economies, and the political economy of development policy.

Quest For Political Power: Communist Subversion And Militancy In SingaporeQuest For Political Power: Communist Subversion And Militancy In Singapore by Singh, Bilveer

The history of communism in Malaya (including Singapore) almost coincided with the rise and fall of communism worldwide, best epitomized in Europe by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Operating through the Malayan Communist Party, communism posed an existential threat to Malaya. While the communist threat in peninsular Malaya was manifested dramatically in armed struggle with guerrillas in the jungle, in Singapore it was primarily in the form of united front subversive activities, interspersed with episodes of violence and assassinations. This new book examines the MCP's quest for political power in Singapore in the midst of a raging Cold War between communism and the free world, with particular focus on events in the 1950s and 1960s. From its close collaboration with the two leading communist great powers (USSR and China) to its united front strategy of infiltrating student, trade union and political organizations, the MCP's activities are related here in a clear and engaging manner.

Controlled Chaos: Essays On Malaysia's New Politics Beyond Mahathirism And The Multimedia Super CorridorControlled Chaos: Essays On Malaysia's New Politics Beyond Mahathirism And The Multimedia Super Corridor by Rahman, Azly

Through this collection of essays on Malaysia's "new politics", Azly Rahman once again provides a superb insight into contemporary Malaysian political narratives. Azly poses a series of questions to the reader to think critically about issues concerning Obama-ism, Hudud, censorship and the institutionalization of Islam.

Politics Of The Temporary: An Ethnography Of Migrant Life In Urban MalaysiaPolitics Of The Temporary: An Ethnography Of Migrant Life In Urban Malaysia by Parthiban Muniandy

For more than three decades Malaysia's economic growth has been driven in part by the skills and sweat of large numbers of migrant workers. The country has become the temporary home for more than two million documented migrants. Many more than that are undocumented, living precarious lives on the margins of society. Politics of the Temporary details the rich, complex and often difficult realities of the lives of migrants in Malaysia. Through a series of reflective and critical ethnographic notes - and told in the words of migrants themselves - it provides an intimate examination of the many ways that migrants adapt to life in the city, their innovative strategies for coping with pressures of work and discrimination, and their capacity to forge new networks and build informal communities.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2014 #10 - Establishing Infrastructure Projects: Priorities ForTrends In Southeast Asia 2014 #10 - Establishing Infrastructure Projects: Priorities For by Larkin, Stuart

The issue of establishing infrastructure projects for Myanmar's industrial development is addressed in two parts. Part I focuses on the role of the private sector, how Myanmar's conglomerates can take the lead on infrastructure development with financing from the new China-led multilateral development banks. Part II focuses on the role of the state. The government needs to work closely with the conglomerates and also adopt measures and policies that will facilitate this model of infrastructure development. For Myanmar's policy decision-makers a blind act of faith in free markets alone to deliver the prosperity that the country seeks the Washington consensus model is unlikely to be sufficient to bring about the structural change in the economy necessary to bring about sustained development. The more interventionist approach characterized by the developmental state, with its long pedigree among successful Asian economies, is far more likely to deliver the necessary results. For Myanmar the formula is the president works closely with the conglomerates to establish a pipeline of shovel-ready projects, with the necessary concessions assigned, in time to tap the new China-led multilateral development banks in their initial splurge of project lending.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2014 #09 - Establishing Infrastructure Projects: Priorities For Myanmar's Industrial Development - Part I: The Role Of The Private SectorTrends In Southeast Asia 2014 #09 - Establishing Infrastructure Projects: Priorities For Myanmar's Industrial Development - Part I: The Role Of The Private Sector by Larkin, Stuart

The issue of establishing infrastructure projects for Myanmar's industrial development is addressed in two parts. Part I focuses on the role of the private sector, how Myanmar's conglomerates can take the lead on infrastructure development with financing from the new China-led multilateral development banks. Part II focuses on the role of the state. The government needs to work closely with the conglomerates and also adopt measures and policies that will facilitate this model of infrastructure development.Once Myanmar's tycoons fully take on board the new financing options available with the creation of the two new China-led multilateral development banks they could once again become more engaged with the domestic political class, particularly over the 2015 election period with its prospect of a change in the power configuration. They would have had several years of working on improving the operations of existing businesses, necessary for their continued prosperity under the more competitive economic conditions of the new Myanmar. But this experience will only serve to sharpen their yearning for doing the really big deals associated with operating infrastructure concessions where a very large scale, and an earnings stream shielded from competition for many years to come, are in prospect. The private sector should indeed take the lead in Myanmar's overall economic development. After all, Ne Wins socialism was a severe wrong turn for the country, largely responsible for leaving the country where it is now. But the secret source of the prosperous market economy could well be paradoxically a strong state. Talented political leadership and an established trend of strengthening state capacity, is necessary to utilize the power of private enterprise.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2014 #08 - Johor Survey: Attitudes Towards Governance And Economy Iskandar Malaysia, And SingaporeTrends In Southeast Asia 2014 #08 - Johor Survey: Attitudes Towards Governance And Economy Iskandar Malaysia, And Singapore by Chong, Terence

These are selected findings from a survey on Johor residents commissioned by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). The survey was conducted with 2,009 respondents between October and November 2013. The big picture painted by the findings is one of interethnic dissonance, especially between ethnic Malays and Chinese in the state of Johor. More than income or education, ethnicity seemed to be the key determinant of how certain questions were answered in this survey. With regard to satisfaction with the performance of state and federal government, ethnic Chinese respondents were more likely to be dissatisfied with the government's performance to date compared with their Malay and Indian counterparts. Interethnic dissonance is also evident in the political and economic outlook of respondents. With regard to Iskandar Malaysia, although the majority of all respondents said they were satisfied with its developments, Chinese respondents were the least likely to say so. Chinese and Indian respondents were more likely to have a favourable opinion of Singapore and were more open to visiting and working in the city-state. In terms of ethnic affinity across the Causeway, Malay, Chinese, and Indian respondents in Johor did not see similarities between themselves and their ethnic counterparts in Singapore.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2014 #07 - China's Economic Engagement With Southeast Asia - SingaporeTrends In Southeast Asia 2014 #07 - China's Economic Engagement With Southeast Asia - Singapore by Lee, John

China is a relatively minor source of FDI into Singapore and pales in comparison to FDI from advanced economies in North America and the EU. This will remain the case for the foreseeable future despite recent agreements facilitating Chinese firms and capital entering into Singapore, and which reduce the transaction costs of doing so. Firms from China are also a relatively small investor in the critical Singaporean Financial & Insurance Services sector. When it comes to the foreign portfolio investment (FPI) which helps provide liquidity and capital for Singaporean listed firms, China is a miniscule player. Assets of Chinese banks make up a very small percentage of the assets of the very open banking sector in Singapore. The bottom line is that Singapore's standing and status as one of the worlds leading and most attractive financial centres prevents Singapore from being over-reliant on any one financial partner; and Singapore is certainly not over-reliant on China.

Old War, New Methods: The Fight Against TerrorOld War, New Methods: The Fight Against Terror by Murugaian, Nirmala

Since the horrific Al-Qaeda attacks on the United States in 2001, there has been no whiff of a solution to problems posed by terrorist and extremist groups. They seize headlines with their acts of savagery against common people. The threats posed by the Al-Qaeda-inspired group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), show that terrorism is still a serious security threat. In this dangerous and complex landscape, what must be done to eradicate the toxic appeal of radicals who spread their ideology of hate and violence? This book contains: gripping accounts of encounters with terrorists; insightful discussions on torture versus persuasive interrogation, the brainwashing tactics of extremists and more; and multi-faceted approach on battling terrorism, such as promoting multiracial and multicultural harmony at the ground level, and staying ahead of terrorists in making use of technology. This book features anti-terrorism experts from fields as diverse as security experts and Muslim clerics. They offer answers to important questions on ways of battling terrorism. Drawn from an award-winning series in The Straits Times, this is a must-have compilation for officials and laymen interested in the fight against extremism.

South China Sea And The Struggle For Power In Asia, TheSouth China Sea And The Struggle For Power In Asia, The by Hayton, Bill

China's rise has upset the global balance of power, and the first place to feel the strain is Beijing's backyard: the South China Sea. This important book makes clear sense of the South Sea disputes. Bill Hayton, a journalist with extensive experience in the region, examines the high stakes involved for rival nations that include Vietnam, India, Taiwan, the Philippines, and China, as well as the United States, Russia and others. Hayton also lays out the daunting obstacles that stand in the way of peaceful resolution. The author critiques various claims and positions, overturns conventional wisdom, and outlines what the future may hold for this clamorous region of international rivalry.

Malaysians Boleh?Malaysians Boleh? by Dean Johns

This is a compilation of excellent socio-political commentaries on Malaysia from Dean Johns' weekly columns for Malaysiakini.com.