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Equilibrium: Wong Perng FeyEquilibrium: Wong Perng Fey by Kiwitt, Ronald; Martina Ziesse; Haffendi Anuar

This large format book is a groundbreaking body of work by Wong Perng Fey. Wong Perng Fey (b. 1974, Kuala Lumpur) is an artist that has built his reputation as an experimental and versatile painter. His works are in many prominent public collections. His gestural paintings of figures, nature and natural vistas fluctuate between abstraction and figuration with an acute sensitivity to colours, layers and textures.

Climate Risks, Regional Integration, And Sustainability In The Mekong RegionClimate Risks, Regional Integration, And Sustainability In The Mekong Region by Louis Lebel, Chu Thai Hoanh Et Al

Rapid economic growth coupled with current and projected climate risks are challenging livelihoods and ecosystems in the Mekong region. In this book, the Sustainable Mekong Research Network brings together multi-country studies, each of which included significant engagement with boundary partners, to analyze the impacts of, and ways to adapt to, climate risks and unsustainable growth in a highly interdependent region.

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.

Affirmative Action Or Discrimination? A Comparative Study Of Higher Education In The Us And MalaysiaAffirmative Action Or Discrimination? A Comparative Study Of Higher Education In The Us And Malaysia by Kong Wee Cheng

Preferential treatment policy has been in place in the US and Malaysia for over a few decades. What are the consequences of preferential treatment in higher education in the two countries? Have this preferential policy achieved its initial goals? How do members of the beneficiary and non-beneficiary groups respond to it? This book addresses the origins including the political implications of preferential policy in Malaysia and the US. It seeks an in depth understanding of the consequences of the policy.

Ethnic Relations In Malaysia: Harmony & Conflict (New Edition)Ethnic Relations In Malaysia: Harmony & Conflict (New Edition) by Syed Husin Ali

With Malaysia in the throes of sweeping political change, academic turned political activist Dr Syed Husin Ali traces how ethnicity has been manipulated, since Independence, by Malaysian politicians for their own gain to the detriment of the masses. He dissects the origins, fallacies and destructive nature of ethnic politics in Malaysia and examines the issue of class versus ethnicity or race. It is time, he argues, for an end torace or ethnic-based politics. In this new edition, the author has updated the book in terms of facts and events, and included two more articles.

Agriculture In The Malaysian RegionAgriculture In The Malaysian Region by Hill, R. D.

Malaysia's transition from a country dependent on agriculture and mining to an industrialized society is readily apparent, but the process of change remains poorly understood. When R.D. Hill began studying agriculture in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei in the 1960s, he found swiddening, market-gardening, semi-commercial wet-rice cultivation and large scale plantations. Today, Malaysian agriculture has become highly capital-intensive and increasingly specialized, and many forms of production have all but disappeared. Once dependent on the export of primary products such as tin, rubber and palm oil, Malaysia is now an industrialized, middle income country. Singapore has nearly abandoned its primary sector. This completely revised edition of Hill's 1982 study, with two lengthy new chapters, explains the evolution of agriculture in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore over the last forty years, with particular attention to the agro-ecosystems of the major crops.

CrisisCrisis by K.M. Ariff

This is a novel with the Asian East Asian financial crisis, which plunges the Malaysian currency and stock market into turmoil, as background. Economists have previously published serious attempts to understand the East Asian crisis. Here, the author invites you into a tale of greed, mistakes, sorrow and redemption, bringing home the lessons learned.

Becoming Hannah: A Personal JourneyBecoming Hannah: A Personal Journey by Yeoh, Hannah; Deborah Loh

Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan is the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly and State Assemblyman for Subang Jaya, Selangor. This is Hannah's story, from finding God to rediscovering her confidence, to the miracle of her marriage proposal and her amazing journey into politics.

Peaceful People, The: The Penan And Their Fight For The ForestPeaceful People, The: The Penan And Their Fight For The Forest by Malone, Paul

The Peaceful People is the story of the Penan, the jungle nomads of Sarawak, who for decades have fought for possession and preservation of their traditional forest lands. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, as well as the diaries and journals of explorers, botanists and colonial administrators, and the observations of missionaries, the book provides the most comprehensive account of the dynamics of Penan society to date. Written in a compelling and accessible style, the narrative tells the shocking history of the Penan, exposing massacres and murders, while recounting the nomads' uniquely shy and peaceful way of life.

50 Years Of Malaysia: Federalism Revisited50 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 DecadeMalaysia'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.

Penang: The Fourth Presidency Of India 1805-1830 Volume One - Ships, Men And MansionsPenang: The Fourth Presidency Of India 1805-1830 Volume One - Ships, Men And Mansions by Langdon, Marcus

A little over two centuries ago, Penang became the fourth most important settlement - a presidency - of the British East India Company's Indian territories. The fateful decision changed Penang's future forever, reshaping it into a key player in the international trade network linking Europe with India and China. The first of a three-volume series, Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India presents an in-depth and compelling narrative of this fascinating period in history, focusing specifically on the role shipbuilding played, the leading political personalities, and two historic buildings that highlight the struggles, successes and failures of the early settlement. Illustrated with several never-before-seen paintings, engravings and maps, the volume and those to follow will be the authoritative reference for historians and general reader for generations to come.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion, The: A Museum Of Straits Chinese Cultural HeritagePinang Peranakan Mansion, The: A Museum Of Straits Chinese Cultural Heritage by Choo, Chan Suan

The peranakan was a prominent and unique community of acculturated Chinese who migrated from their homeland to the Straits Settlements of which Penang is a part. Also known as the Babas and the Nyonyas, they adopted selected ways of the local Malays and later, the colonial British. A unique lifestyle came forth out of this amalgamation of different cultures and customs, which left behind not only a rich legacy of antiques but also its cultural influences like cuisine and language, all of which are still evident in Penang today. So why turn the home of one of Penang's historical personalities into a Peranakan museum? Why not! What better place to house the finest of Baba-Nyonya antiques and collectibles than within one of Penang's greatest heritage homes.

RecollectionsRecollections by Tan Tiong Liat

This series of recollections sketch the extended family history of matriarch Wong Pek Leng through the eyes of grandson Tan Tiong Liat. Growing up in George Town, Penang, he encountered many colourful characters in his childhood and youth. Tinged with humour and insights, his anecdotes and memories capture the essence of a Peranakan upbringing in the Baba Nyonya environment that existed before the Second World War. The accompanying photographs portray a bygone era of the early and mid-20th century lifestyle of the overseas Chinese in Malaysia.

Street Art Notebook: George TownStreet Art Notebook: George Town by Zacharevic, Ernest

StreetArt Notebook: George Town is a collection of 32 brightly-coloured photographs featuring the street artwork of artist Ernest Zachaveric. In between the pages of Zach's famously decorated wall art are vivid images of some of the city's most beautiful blank walls, ready to be filled in by the notebook's creative owner. Draw, paint, write notes, create stories, this notebook allows readers to turn the city into their very own artistic playground.

Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee's: Shen Zhi Jia Shu And Hai Ji ZhanKapitan Chung Keng Kwee's: Shen Zhi Jia Shu And Hai Ji Zhan by Tan Yeow Wooi

One of the most remarkable personalities of nineteenth century Malaya, Chung Keng Kwee - millionaire philanthropist, tin mining pioneer, political leader, founder of Taiping - left an indelible contribution to Penang's cultural heritage. He commissioned two adjacent buildings, the magnificent ancestral hall Shen Zhi Jia Shu and the prestigious family mansion Hai Ji Zhan, that stand today as a lasting testimony to another age. This innovative and beautifully-illustrated book offers a unique insight into Chung's life and how it found expression in the splendour of his architectural creations.

Kampung-Kampung Tersohor: Di Sepanjang Sungai Perak - Famous Villages Along The Perak RiverKampung-Kampung Tersohor: Di Sepanjang Sungai Perak - Famous Villages Along The Perak River by Malim Ghozali Pk

Kedua-dua belah tebing Sungai Perak bukan saja telah menjadi edan perang dan peristiwa, tetapi juga mendaji tapak tumbuh, membangun dan berkembangnya budaya sebuah bangsa… Pahlawan-pahlawan dan raja-raja Melayu Perak telah memainkan peranan mereka dalam menelusuri jejak sejarah negeri ini. Both of the banks of the Perak River have not only become the war zone and sites of events, but also the sites of the emergence, growth and expansion of national culture… The warriors and the rulers of Perak have played their parts in setting the direction of the historical tracks of this state.

Portraits Of Penang: Little IndiaPortraits Of Penang: Little India by Ooi Cheng Ghee

In 1979 Ooi Cheng Ghee spent a year exploring the streets of Little India, Penang with a particular way of seeing and his trusted Leica camera. It was not only a journey of discovery but a kind a conversation with the diverse community that inhabited the enclave. Juxtaposing people and streetscapes, his images capture the essence and dynamism of a singular place. With accompanying essays and commentaries on the photographs, this beautifully designed volume both documents and celebrates Little India with affection and humanity. Portraits of Penang: Little India is destined to become one of the classics of social documentary photography. In an in-depth review by Sunil S. Amrith for the New York Times entitled Snapshots of Globalization's First Wave, the writer summed up what the other reviews already alluded to, that "the photographs chronicle a vanishing world. You can see it in the sad but defiant eyes of an old man hauling jute sacks of betel nuts, an ancient trade that was fading away … Modernization had eclipsed the commercial and social patterns of earlier waves of globalization."

Fortitude: The Life And Times Of Heah Joo SeangFortitude: The Life And Times Of Heah Joo Seang by Ong, Pamela

Fortitude is the biography of rubber magnate Heah Joo Seang, a Straits-born man of Malaya whose life was touched by drama and tragedy. His wealth, power and influence were immeasurable, and his good works can be seen even today in his beloved Penang, yet nothing had been written about this man who was the darling of the local press in his day - until Pamela Ong began to take an interest in the history of Penang. This led her to write two biographies, the first of her father Dr Ong Chong Keng, and the second, that of Dato Onn bin Ja'afar. Like them, Heah Joo Seang was involved in the post-colonial politics of Malaya. He believed that Straits-born Chinese like himself would be better off under British rule than independent Malaya with special rights to Malays. Controversy dogged Heah throughout his life. Whether as a patron, an antagonist to the Japanese during World War II, a rubber magnate, or a politician, he assessed the risks and took them on. He was chivalrous, intelligent and energetic, and adhered doggedly to high standards. But of all his qualities, the one that stood out for the author is Heah Joo Seang's fortitude, his determination to learn from experience and emerge stronger.

Traditionalism And The Ascendancy Of The Malay Ruling Class In Colonial MalayaTraditionalism And The Ascendancy Of The Malay Ruling Class In Colonial Malaya by Amoroso, Donna J.

In this original and perceptive study Donna Amoroso argues that the Malay elites' preeminent position after the Second World War had much to do with how British colonialism reshaped old idioms and rituals - helping to (re)invent a tradition. In doing so she illuminates the ways that traditionalism reordered the Malay political world, the nature of the state and the political economy of leadership. In the postwar era, traditionalism began to play a new role: it became a weapon which the Malay aristocracy employed to resist British plans for a Malayan Union and to neutralise the challenge coming from groups representing a more radical, democratic perspective and even hijacking their themes.