Panorama 02/2014: Europe - Surging Ahead by Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Ed.)
In this issue, authors from different European countries analyze the European integration and the European Union. There are dedicated to topics like the elections to the European Parliament, the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) of leaders from both continents in October 2014 in Milan, Italy, as well as the cooperation between the two regions in security affairs.
Boy Named Harry, A: The Childhood Of Lee Kuan Yew by Yee, Patrick
A Boy Named Harry tells about the childhood of modern Singapore's founder, Lee Kuan Yew, in language accessible to young children. Harry grew up in a country that is very different from what it is now, went to school in a one-room schoolhouse and although he was a natural in English, mathematics and science, worked hard to gain entry into the prestigious Raffles Institution. The book also relates Harry's playful moments and shows the mischievous side of the boy who grew up to lead and build Singapore into a modern country.
Practical Guide To The Employment Act For Good Hr Practices (2Nd Edition) by Chia Boon Cher & Edmund Baker
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has just amended the Employment Act wef 1st April 2014 which fundamentally altered the coverage of the Employment Act to include Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs). For the first time after 46 years, PMEs earning up to $4,500 pm are now protected under the Employment Act. This means that employers must offer these PMEs all statutory entitlements and benefits provided in the Employment Act such as sick leave, hospitalization leave, maternity leave, childcare leave and public holidays. More importantly, these PMEs may now appeal to the Manpower Minister for compensation or reinstatement if they feel their employers have dismissed or terminated their services unfairly. Before this amendment, these PMEs had no recourse at MOM. Other changes include the protection of workers from excessive deduction of salary for housing, amenity and services and the right of workers to claim retrenchment benefits after 2 years of service instead of 3 years.
What are the implications for employers, employees, PMEs and Human Resource practitioners resulting from these changes? If you want to know more, the Practical Guide to the Employment Act for Good HR Practices (2nd Edition) will offer you all the answers. The book offers readers some never-before-explained insights of the Act based on over 40 years of experience of the authors in the field of human resource management and development.
In The Middle Of The Future: Tom Plate On Asia - What Two Decades Of Worldwide Newspaper Columns Prefigure About The Future Of The China-U.S. Relationship by Plate, Tom
For almost two decades, the columns of journalist Tom Plate have been featured in leading newspapers of the world and have focused entirely on one gigantic subject - the dynamic rise of Asia. Now, for the first time, the best of these columns has been organized into a substantial anthology, annotated with personal comments by Professor Plate, who is also the author of the best-selling 'Giants of Asia' book series. Unpublished material also enlivens the collection with vivid backstories. The net effect is a compelling and sprawling portrait of the last two decades of Asia resurgence by America's only Asia-only columnist.
50 Years Of Malaysia: Federalism Revisited by Harding, Andrew J.; James Chin (Eds.)
On 16 September 1963 Malaysia came into being with the accession of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore to the existing Federation of Malaya. This book marks the 50th anniversary of this notable event in South East Asia's history.
The focus of the book will be mainly on the experience of Sabah and Sarawak as subjects of the federation. It looks at the experience of federalism from a number of different perspectives, keeping in mind not just the effects of federalism on Sabah and Sarawak but also the effects on the federation as a whole. Has the bargain of 1963 been adhered to? Has Malaysian federalism been a successful example of this form of government in Asia, or has the bargain been undermined in ways contrary to the original deal in the Malaysia Agreement of 1963? What have been the practical effects on East Malaysia during 50 years?
Malaysia's Socio-Economic Transformation: Ideas For The Next Decade by Das, Sanchita Basu; Lee Poh Onn (Eds.)
Since 1957, Malaysia's economic development has been an account of growth, transformation, and of structural change. More than 75 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) comes from the manufacturing and services sectors. However, Malaysia is stuck in a middle-income trap and is facing challenges on the economic and political front. In June 2010, Prime Minister Najib Razak unveiled the 10th Malaysian Plan (2011-15) to chart the development of Malaysia from a middle- to high-income nation. This publication represents a policy-oriented stocktake and evaluation by academics, policy-makers, and business people on Malaysia's achievements, present work-in-progress endeavours, and some of the future challenges facing the nation in its pursuit to achieve a developed high-income country status.
Religious Diversity In Muslim-Majority States In Southeast Asia: Areas Of Toleration And Conflict by Platzdasch, Bernhard; J. Saravanamuttu (Eds.)
"This book fills a gap in authoritative analyses of the causes of inter-religious conflict and the practice of religious toleration. The rise of more overt expressions of Islamic piety and greater bureaucratization of Islam in both Indonesia and Malaysia over several decades have tested the "live and let live" philosophy which used to characterize religious expression in these nations. The analyses in each chapter of the book break new ground with contextualized studies of particular and recent incidents of conflict or harassment in a variety of areas - from urban centres to more remote and, even complex, locations. As these studies show, legislation stands or falls on the ability and determination of local authorities to enforce it.
This volume is essential reading for understanding the dynamics of state-religious interaction in Muslim-majority nations and the crucial role civil society organizations play in negotiating interfaith toleration."
- Emeritus Professor Virginia Hooker FAHA, Department of Political & Social Change College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University
Trafficking In Human Beings: Learning From Asian And European Experiences by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel (Eds.)
This publication addresses issues concerning the increased prevalence of human trafficking in both Europe and Asia. Subject matter experts from Europe and Asia examine th underlying factors leading to human trafficking, the constraints and drivers that affect government policy-makers' decision-making and the social consequences.
Troublemaker by Henson, Bertha
Troublemaker is a collection of Bertha Henson's columns from her blog, Bertha Harian, as well as the now defunct Breakfast Network. They represent her take on the news of the day, spanning political and social happenings in Singapore from the middle of 2012. Sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious, Bertha brings her own inimitable style to news commentary, raising questions and zooming in on issues that concern the citizenry.
Singapore's Muslim Community: A Moral Voice? Comparative Perspectives On Integration In A Global Age (Occasional Paper. Series. No. 1-2013) by Sinanovic, Ermin
This paper is based on the author's presentation on ?Muslim Minorities and the Prospect for Integration: Perspectives from North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia?. It was an event organized by the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) and the Centre for Research onIslam and Malay Affairs (RIMA) held on May 31, 2012.
Prisms On The Golden Pagoda: Perspectives On National Reconciliation In Myanmar by Kyaw Yin Hlaing (Ed.)
Just as the prismatic effects of glass mosaics or mirrors produce the spectrums of colour that give Myanmar's pagodas their glittering iridescence, Prisms on the Golden Pagoda offers a spectrum of views on the country's national reconciliation process. Because many of Myanmar's outlying ethnic groups straddle the country's borders with neighbouring countries in South and Southeast Asia and with China, the outcome of this process is crucial not only for the country's current domestic liberalization but also for regional geopolitics.
The editor of this volume, Kyaw Yin Hlaing is a US-trained academic who currently serves as an advisor to Myanmar's President. He has assembled contributions from veteran activists such as the Shan leader U Shwe Ohn, the Chin politician Lian H. Sakhong, Widura Thakin Chit Maung, once leader of Burma's "Red Socialists," and Thamarr Taman, formerly a senior civil servant. Commentary by the editor, and by Robert H. Taylor and British diplomat-turned activist Derek Tonkin, explains the context and significance of these materials. By showing how the national reconciliation effort has been viewed inside the country, the contributors provide an important insider's perspective on Myanmar's difficult legacies of violence and separatism.
Identity And Pleasure: The Politics Of Indonesian Screen Culture by Heryanto, Ariel
Identity and Pleasure: The Politics of Indonesian Screen Culture critically examines what media and screen culture reveal about the ways urban-based Indonesians attempted to redefine their identity in the first decade of this century. Through a richly nuanced analysis of expressions and representations found in screen culture (cinema, television and social media), it analyses the waves of energy and optimism, and the disillusionment, disorientation and despair, that arose in the power vacuum that followed the dramatic collapse of the militaristic New Order government.
While in-depth analyses of identity and political contestation within the nation are the focus of the book, trans-national engagements and global dimensions are a significant part of the story in each chapter. The author focuses on contemporary cultural politics in Indonesia, but each chapter contextualizes current circumstances by setting them within a broader historical perspective.
We Also Served: Reflections Of Singapore's Former Pap Mps by Chiang Hai Ding & Rohan Kamis (Ed.)
For the first time, 25 People's Action Party former MPs tell how they became involved in politics, what they did as politicians, what they felt and wished for Singapore. They are former ministers and other office holders to backbenchers. Some served five terms, totalling over two decades, and some one term of four or five years.
These are stories of ordinary people who served in unusual times and achieved extraordinary results for Singapore. Some are of very humble origin or have little formal education. Some served in the crucial decade, 1955 to 1965, during the birthing of the new nation, when the political outcome of their struggle could have gone against them, and they would have paid a heavy price for their convictions. Most served when that new nation started out on the long road to nation-building, during the decades of rapid social and economic change, when they had to convince their fellow citizens to make the necessary changes for independent Singapore to survive and progress. Most were not prepared for the tasks they had to undertake.
Panorama 01/2014: Insights Into Southeast Asian And European Affairs - More Than A Game Sports, Society And Politics by Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Ed.)
This issue analyses the relationship between sports and politics. The papers explore the political, economic and global significance of sports in international politics and diplomacy, and how the relationship between sports and politics manifests itself in different contexts. The history of many countries' relationship with football and the inter-connectedness with politics, nationalism, and racial identity provide an interesting perspective on the interrelationship between sports and politics.
Climate Change Diplomacy: The Way Forward For Asia And Europe by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et Al.
This publication addresses issues concerning climate change in Europe and Asia, including: What are the challenges faced by countries? How do developed countries and developing countries view the climate change negotiations and what drive their positions and negotiating strategies? How can agreements and commitments be achieved in international negotiations? What are the ways that countries can collaborate on climate change initiatives and what are the models for collaborations? Contributors include Chen Gang, Jusen Asuka, Bartek Nowak and Coraline Goron.
Eco-Cities: Sharing European And Asian Best Practices And Experiences by Hofmeister, Wilhelm; Patrick Rueppel Et Al.
This publication addresses issues concerning the new emphasis and interest in eco-cities in Europe and Asia, including: How do developed countries and developing countries view the development of eco-cities? Is it a new fad or are countries serious in committing to the building of such environmentally friendly cities? What are the ways that countries can collaborate on eco-cities and what are the models for collaborations? Contributors include: Eero Paloheimo, Simon Joss, Qin Tianbao and Judith Ryser.
Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People by Limiere, Sophie (Ed.)
Fifteen researchers from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, France and the United Kingdom whose interest in Malaysia goes beyond passion - but always with reason - have come together to take readers on an intellectual quest to identify the contemporary nature of Malaysian politics and society. The researchers are from different disciplines, including urban studies, political economy, international relation, political sociology and anthropology, film studies, literature, law, and strategic studies.
Revisiting Malaysian Modernisation: Essays On Science, Technology, Religion, And Environment by Mohd Hazim Shah (Ed.)
Much work on Malaysian modernisation focuses exclusively on its economic aspects. This collection of essays moves the debates on modernisation and modernity decisively. It offers a bold series of reflections on the complex relationships between science, technology, religion and the environment, and how they have shaped the trajectory of modernisation. Drawing on insights from history, public policy, philosophy of science, environmental studies and religion, it addresses some of the most pressing issues of societal transformation: industrialisation, technological innovation, sustainability, religious values and civilisational engagement. This volume adds to the growing literature on alternative views of development and modernisation, with a focus on Malaysia.
Trends In Southeast Asia 2014 #01 - China's Economic Engagement With Southeast Asia: Malaysia by Lee, John
This is the third in a series on the theme of "China's economic engagement with Southeast Asia", and follows analyses on Thailand and Indonesia, both also written by John Lee.
Malaysia has one of the closest and seemingly warmest diplomatic relationships with China of all Southeast Asia countries. With the relationship elevated to a 'comprehensive strategic partnership' in 2013, and due to the economic importance of China to Malaysia and the region, there is speculation that Kuala Lumpur is gradually but ineluctably 'tilting' towards Beijing strategically and away from traditional security partners.
However, the deepening economic relationship between the two countries is largely driven by a similar and general deepening of economic regionalization and integration throughout the Asia-Pacific. In reality, China is just one of several important partners for Malaysia in this regional network and is far from being the dominant economic partner.
Malaysia is carefully crafting the image of a 'neutral broker' even as it follows the strategic trend of many maritime states in Southeast Asia by hedging against China through reaffirming and strengthening military relations with the United States and other regional states. External and domestic factors provide strong motivation and incentive for Kuala Lumpur to stick with its current approach to China: forging ahead with a comprehensive strategic relationship with China, whilst in reality making itself a small target when it comes to political disagreements with Beijing, and quietly reaffirming and strengthening military relations with the United States at the same time.