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Just For The Love Of It: Popular Music In Penang, 1930'S-1960'SJust For The Love Of It: Popular Music In Penang, 1930'S-1960'S by Augustin, Paul; James Lochhead

Just for the Love of It celebrates the musicians and bands who are such a part of Penang's rich musical heritage and highlights how this music has been so integrally woven into the wider tapestry of Penang's growth. It tells of the factors that influenced the popularisation of music in the 1930s to 1960s, including the role of radio, cinema, TV, venues, commerce and fashions. Vibrantly illustrated, beautifully designed with a free CD, Just for the Love of It presents this fascinating story of Penang in a creative, lively, and utterly engaging style.

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.

Eating Together: Food, Space, And Identity In Malaysia And SingaporeEating Together: Food, Space, And Identity In Malaysia And Singapore by Duruz, Jean; Gaik Cheng Khoo

Accepting the challenge of rethinking connections of food, space, and identity within everyday spaces of 'public' eating in Malaysia and Singapore, Jean Duruz and Gaik Cheng Khoo enter street stalls, hawker centers, markets, cafes, restaurants, 'food streets', and 'ethnic' neighborhoods to offer a broader picture of the meaning of eating in public places. This book creates a strong sense of the ways different people live, eat, work, and relax together, and it also traces negotiations and accommodations in these dynamics. Simply put, Eating Together is about understanding complex forms of multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore through the mind, tongue, nose, and eyes.

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.

Give & Take: Writings On The Malaysian Chinese Community (Chinese Edition)Give & Take: Writings On The Malaysian Chinese Community (Chinese Edition) by Sim, Rita; Fui K. Soong

This is the Chinese version of Give & Take. This book begins with seemingly Chinese-centric issues, but they dissolve gradually into what are essentially issues that effect all communities in this multicultural nation: racial integration and disintegration; myths and misconceptions; connectedness and a sense of belonging; how to bring the community together; the need for a strong leadership that will act as a "strong negotiator" to represent and champion the community; and the search for common ground that a multicultural society can stand on. Worry over deterioration or loss of values, the collapse of the extended family and the dilution or hybridisation of tradition, presented from the Chinese perspective, may seem like race-specific problems, but they are actually human ones. -- extract from Message from Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid

Give & Take: Writings On The Malaysian Chinese CommunityGive & Take: Writings On The Malaysian Chinese Community by Sim, Rita; Fui K. Soong

This book begins with seemingly Chinese-centric issues, but they dissolve gradually into what are essentially issues that effect all communities in this multicultural nation: racial integration and disintegration; myths and misconceptions; connectedness and a sense of belonging; how to bring the community together; the need for a strong leadership that will act as a "strong negotiator" to represent and champion the community; and the search for common ground that a multicultural society can stand on. Worry over deterioration or loss of values, the collapse of the extended family and the dilution or hybridisation of tradition, presented from the Chinese perspective, may seem like race-specific problems, but they are actually human ones. -- extract from Message from Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid

Early Child Care And Education In Malaysia: Towards ProfessionalisationEarly Child Care And Education In Malaysia: Towards Professionalisation by Lydia Foong; Palanisamy K. Veloo; M. Dhamotharan

This book reviews the status and work conditions of the Early Child Care and Education workforce in the private sector in Malaysia. The authors provide recommendations for ECCE operators to realise their obligations to recognise the potential of staff members and help them fulfil their needs for self-actualisation. Issues examined include the teaching and learning processes, the overall status of professionalism and the structure that supports it, and how the transition to primary schools can be managed effectively.

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.

Beyond Dreams: The Fascinating Story Of The Blessed Life Of Peter Velappan S/O PalaniappanBeyond Dreams: The Fascinating Story Of The Blessed Life Of Peter Velappan S/O Palaniappan by Peter Velappan S/O Palaniappan

Here are the memoirs of Dato Dr. Peter Velappan, son of Palaniappan, who was born on 1 October 1935 on a rubber plantation in Siliau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. He was appointed the Deputy Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports in 1972. He was involved in the Football Association of Malaysia for 30 years. He retired in 2007.

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. With writings by Ronald Kiwitt, Martina Ziesse and Haffendi Anuar.

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.

Temiar Religion 1964-2012: Enchantment, Disenchantment And Re-Enchanment In Malaysia's UplandsTemiar Religion 1964-2012: Enchantment, Disenchantment And Re-Enchanment In Malaysia's Uplands by Benjamin, Geoffrey

The Temiars, a Mon-Khmer-speaking Orang Asli society living in the uplands of northern Peninsular Malaysia, have long attracted popular attention in the West for reports that ascribed to them the special psychotherapeutic known as 'Senoi Dreamwork'. However, the reality of Temiar religion and society, as studied and recorded by Geoffrey Benjamin over 50 years, is even more fascinating than that popular portrayal - which is shown to be based on a serious misrepresentation of Temiar practice. Benjamin's ongoing fieldwork in the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s followed the Temiars through processes of religious dis-enchantment and re-enchantment, as they reacted in various ways to the advent of Baha'i, Islam and Christianity.

Scenes Of Malaysia: A Watercolour AlbumScenes Of Malaysia: A Watercolour Album by Loo, Peter & Pua Meng Chin

This vibrant collection of watercolours offers readers a tour through the country's iconic buildings, neighbourhoods and scenes. With loving detail, Malaysians Peter Loo and Pua Meng Chin capture aspects of life in the country. It features everything from iconic buildings such as the Petronas Twin Towers in KL and the E&O Hotel in Penang to the shophouses of the World Heritage cities of Georgetown and Malacca; from places of worship such as the Kek Lok Si Temple, Christ Church and the Batu Caves; from popular dishes such as Nasi Lemak and Satay to Malaysian craft such as batik and the Wau Bulan kites. This is a veritable A-to-Z gallery of Malaysia, presented in an attractive watercolour format.