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Comet In Our Sky: Lim Chin Siong In History (New Edition)Comet In Our Sky: Lim Chin Siong In History (New Edition) by Poh Soo Kai (Ed.)

Lim Chim Siong was the most prominent left-wing leader in Singapore for a decade until he was eliminated from the political scene by the infamous Operation Coldstore on February 2, 1963. This book is an account of Lim's significance in Singapore's political developments in the decade preceding. It also contains tributes by his friends and colleagues in Singapore and Malaysia. This new edition features an essay by Dr Poh Soo Kai and an extract from Lim's posthumous manuscripts. It will redefine the debate on the post-war history of both countries and the legacy of continuing political repression in them.

Brave New World: Greatest Hits (With Free Cd)Brave New World: Greatest Hits (With Free Cd) by Azmi Sharon

Azmi Sharom may be best known for his law expertise and his intimate acquaintance with the Sedition Act, but as this collection shows, he has a lot more to talk about: faith, fear-mongering, football, and Flight of the Hamsters, for example. Drawn from selected newspaper columns published between 2007 and 2015, these essays cover Merdeka, mob rule, and the path from one to the other. Azmi clears up the question of whether Malaysia is a secular or Islamic state, explains the role of the monarchy as determined by the Constitution, and outlines how the introduction of simple concepts such as academic freedom and an independent police commission might actually be beneficial to everybody.

Merdeka For The Mind: Essays On Malaysian Struggles In The 21St CenturyMerdeka For The Mind: Essays On Malaysian Struggles In The 21St Century by Ooi Kee Beng

This selection of articles written over the last three years by Ooi Kee Beng is a succinct expression, not only of trends that the region and the world are experiencing, but more specifically of stubborn issues immediately affecting Malaysia. In essence, Malaysia has reached a crossroads. Ooi contends that the bankruptcy of racialist politics maintained for too long by race-based parties through racially-justified policies has become too obvious to deny. On the one hand, this has generated strong opposition from the depths of Malaysian society; and on the other hand, as a direct response to this challenge to the old order, there appears to be a disheartening rise in incoherent racism and Islamist zealotry.

Bangsa Melayu: Malay Concepts Of Democracy And Community, 1945-1950Bangsa Melayu: Malay Concepts Of Democracy And Community, 1945-1950 by Ariffin Omar

The years immediately after the Second World War were critical in the remaking of Southeast Asian societies. Bangsa Melayu is an innovative study of political ideology in two related but distinct Malay communities in peninsular Malaya and East Sumatra at this time of tremendous political ferment. In this new edition of a classic book, Ariffin Omar focuses on the basic differences in thinking, temperament and attitude between the two groups of Malays which led to markedly different political outcomes. It will be of enormous appeal to all those interested in the history of ideas and the politics of ethnicity.

Panorama 01/2015: From The Desert To World Cities: The New Terrorism by Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Ed.)

In this issue, authors from Asia and Europe analyse the factors that have contributed to the recent development of fundamentalism and terrorism in the Middle East and to discuss the implications of terrorism on societies in Asia and Europe. Special attention are given to the recruitment of young people, the attractiveness of terrorist groups to the youth, the role of religion and social media, and preventive de-radicalization measures.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #09: Managing Migration In Myanmar And Thailand: Economic Reforms, Policies, Practices And ChallengesTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #09: Managing Migration In Myanmar And Thailand: Economic Reforms, Policies, Practices And Challenges by Amporn Jirattikorn

The migrant workforce in Thailand, the majority of whom are from Myanmar, is an integral part of the economy. The changing economic and political landscapes in both Myanmar and Thailand demand an assessment of the impact these changes will have on the migration patterns of Myanmar nationals. The return of a large number of Myanmar migrants could result in labour shortage in Thailand, an increase in the cost of migrant labour, and an eventual increase in the cost of production. A large wave of returnees could make it difficult for Myanmar to provide enough jobs to accommodate them. Further, foreign remittance payments from Myanmar workers are a large source of revenue for the Myanmar government and the return of a large number of Myanmar migrants would result in significant financial losses for the government.

Rubber Manufacturing In Malaysia: Resource-Based Industrialization In PracticeRubber Manufacturing In Malaysia: Resource-Based Industrialization In Practice by Goldthorpe, C. C.

Malaysia is a major rubber producing country, and the country's rubber manufacturing sector is a prime example of an industry based on a locally produced agricultural resource. Goldthorpe draws on industrial policy theory along with many years of practical experience to examine the growth of rubber manufacturing in Malaysia. Over the past century, a series of technological discoveries resulted in the worldwide rise of a rubber production industry that manufactures tyres for motor vehicles, engineering components, household gloves and medical products. Goldthorpe argues that the production of rubber goods has played a significant part in the transformation of the country from primary commodity producer to newly industrialized economy, a position he supports by tracing the historical development of rubber-based industrial production and the effects of government policies promoting industrialization.

Conversations With Lee Kuan Yew: Citizen Singapore - How To Build A Nation (New Foreword & Epilogue)Conversations With Lee Kuan Yew: Citizen Singapore - How To Build A Nation (New Foreword & Epilogue) by Plate, Tom

Lee Kuan Yew was anything but a coaster, giving it all he had until the very end. And when his long and exceptional life came to its natural end in March 2015, at 91, the outpouring of respect was worldwide. Drawing on interviews with LKY in the 1990s and 2000s, author, journalist and professor Tom Plate pieces together the driven personality and relentless pragmatism of one of the most outstanding leaders of the last half of the 20th century.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #08: Strategic Possibilities And Limitations For Abe's Japan In Southeast AsiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #08: Strategic Possibilities And Limitations For Abe's Japan In Southeast Asia by Lee, John

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's desire for Japan to play a more proactive role in strategic affairs stems largely from not just his concern about the nature of China's rise but the challenge to the post-war liberal regional order that the latter's rise and behaviour presents. Any disruption to that order is perceived to be extremely detrimental to Japan's core national interest. The concern with reinforcing and strengthening the existing regional order is causing Japan to take far greater strategic interest in Southeast Asia and also reflects lessons learnt from Abe's first time in office . The increased Japanese strategic interest in Southeast Asia is welcomed by all key states in Southeast Asia and the United States, meaning that the growing Japan-Southeast Asian strategic dynamic is mutually reinforcing. Japanese desire to play a more proactive strategic role in Southeast Asia needs to be understood alongside its post-war constitutional limitations.

Lim Kit Siang: Defying The OddsLim Kit Siang: Defying The Odds by Ooi Kee Beng

Lim Kit Siang has been fighting on the forefront of Malaysian politics since the late 1960s. Uncompromising in his mission to pull the country away from systemic race-based politics and all the ills that stem from the sustainment over five decades of these, he was jailed twice without trial. Since 2008, his Democratic Action Party has grown greatly in strength, and together with its allies, has been able seriously to challenge the ruling coalition. This book captures the spirit of Lim's life, and describes the grim yet gratifying journey that his refusal to compromise on his political convictions forced him to take.

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.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2015Southeast Asian Affairs 2015 by Daljit Singh (Ed.)

Southeast Asian Affairs is an annual volume that provides, without fear or favour, informed and in-depth annual analyses of the vibrant region and its component countries.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2015Southeast Asian Affairs 2015 by Daljit Singh (Ed.)

Southeast Asian Affairs is an annual volume that provides, without fear or favour, informed and in-depth annual analyses of the vibrant region and its component countries.

Yudhoyono Presidency, The: Indonesia's Decade Of Stability And StagnationYudhoyono Presidency, The: Indonesia's Decade Of Stability And Stagnation by Aspinall, Edward; M. Mietzner & D. Tomsa (Eds.)

The presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was a watershed in Indonesia's modern democratic history. Yudhoyono was not only the first Indonesian president to be directly elected, but also the first to be democratically re-elected. This book is the first comprehensive attempt to evaluate both the achievements and the shortcomings of the Yudhoyono presidency. With contributions from leading experts on Indonesia's politics, economy and society, it assesses the Yudhoyono record in fields ranging from economic development and human rights, to foreign policy, the environment and the security sector.

Yudhoyono Presidency, The: Indonesia's Decade Of Stability And StagnationYudhoyono Presidency, The: Indonesia's Decade Of Stability And Stagnation by Aspinall, Edward; M. Mietzner & D. Tomsa (Eds.)

The presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono from 2004-14 was a watershed in Indonesia's modern democratic history. Yudhoyono was not only the first Indonesian president to be directly elected, but also the first to be democratically re-elected. Coming to office after years of turbulent transition, he presided over a decade of remarkable political stability and steady economic growth. But other aspects of his rule have been the subject of controversy. With contributions from leading experts on Indonesia's politics, economy and society, this book assesses the Yudhoyono record in fields ranging from economic development and human rights, to foreign policy, the environment and the security sector.

Electoral Reforms: Facts & FallaciesElectoral Reforms: Facts & Fallacies by Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman

Ever since his retirement, after 27 years of service at the Election Commission, former chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman has been very vocal about the weaknesses in the system and what needs to be done to fix them. A veteran of seven general elections, Abdul Rashid believes it is the EC, and not other bodies, that should be in control during the campaign period to help in the furtherance of democracy and fairness in elections. In this book, he elaborates at length about the current electoral system in Malaysia, explains the historical context by which it emerged, and articulates what needs to be done to keep up with the times.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #07: Chinese Engagement In Laos: Past, Present, And Uncertain FutureTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #07: Chinese Engagement In Laos: Past, Present, And Uncertain Future by Tan, Danielle

During the colonial period, Laos welcomed the smallest overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, communities that almost disappeared after the communist forces seized power in Laos in 1975. Yet, this landlocked country shares a long history with China and even experienced a Golden Age thanks to the thriving caravan trade between Yunnan and mainland Southeast Asia. This paper argues that China's growing presence is far from eroding the power of the Lao communist regime. Instead, Chinese engagement allows the Lao state to cope with the challenges of globalization and to maintain its power at the same time. The paper will highlight Chinese engagement in Laos throughout history by emphasizing their recurrent patterns of intermediation. Then, it will describe how Chinese networks have become key partners of the Lao state's development policies. However, rising uncertainties over the neighbouring communist ally's economic potential may push China to revise its development strategy in Laos.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2015 #06: Vietnam's Alliance Politics In The South China SeaTrends In Southeast Asia 2015 #06: Vietnam's Alliance Politics In The South China Sea by Le Hong Hiep

Vietnam has long maintained "no alliance" as a core principle in its foreign policy. However, as China becomes increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, there are indications that Vietnam is moving towards "alliance politics", or efforts to forge close security and defence ties short of formal, treaty-bound alliances with key partners, to deal with the new situation. The need for such a shift in Vietnam's China strategy became more relevant after the 2014 Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig crisis displayed the limitations in Hanoi's hedging strategy. It deepened Vietnam's perception of China as a serious threat and highlighted the irreconcilability between its twin goals of maintaining good relations with China and protecting its interests in the South China Sea.

Global Economic Uncertainties And Southeast Asian EconomiesGlobal Economic Uncertainties And Southeast Asian Economies by Suthiphand Chirathivat, C. Sabhasri Et Al (Eds.)

The aftermath of the global economic breakdown in 2008-9 underscores the risks facing Southeast Asia's growth prospects. Although the region has demonstrated exceptional resilience to external shocks emanating from economic powerhouses around the globe, Southeast Asia is in dire need of an optimal policy mix of macroeconomic and trade policy measures that differ by country, underpin domestic demand, and revive domestic economies. This book offers in-depth, region-specific economic policy discourse that illuminates how a policy push is at work in the region, and sheds light on room for strengthening regional cooperation.