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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

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 Their Fight For The ForestPeaceful People, The: The Penan 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.

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.

We Could****You, Mr. BirchWe Could****You, Mr. Birch by Kee Thuan Chye

We Could **** You, Mr Birch has as its central premise a subject of great relevance to Malaysians - an episode from history, the killing of J.W.W. Birch, the first British Resident in colonial Malaya. But it is by no means a historical play. It is a play more about the present than the past. Weaving together a bit of history and a lot of humour and irony, this play gets to the heart of issues that concern Malaysians today. It is veritably a satire on power, the pursuit of self-interest, the clash of cultures East and West, and the questionable role of history as a record of the truth.

Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics And PeopleMisplaced 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 EnvironmentRevisiting 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: MalaysiaTrends 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.

Jalan Yang Lurus by Kassim Ahmad

Buku ini ditulis oleh Dr.Kassim Ahmad. Seorang intelektual Malaysia yang melawan arus. Dulu orang tuduh dia anti - hadis. Mungkin kamu boleh search sendiri secara detail siapa Kassim Ahmad. Buku dia yang famous satu lagi bertajuk "Mencari jalan pulang". Maka, aku terus sahaja ambil dan bawa ke kauter. Sambil menunggu bayar, aku terpandang pada kulit depan buku ini. "Kita harus meneroka jalan ini" Tidak diketahui jalan apa yang Dr. Kassim maksudkan kerana lain orang lain tujuannya, tapi nyata ini buku bulan Februari buat aku. Lain orang, maka lainlah keinginannya. Lain orang, maka lainlah yang diterokanya.

Allah, Kebebasan & Cinta: Keberanian Untuk Menyelaraskan Kebebasandengan Iman by Irshad Manji

Dalam Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta, Irshad Manji menebas laluan bagi membolehkan Muslim dan bukan-Muslim mengatasi ketakutan yang menghalang mereka daripada hidup dengan integrity yang tulus hanya buat Tuhan. Dengan membaca buku ini kita tidak lagi perlu bimbang kalau-kalau kita tersentuh sensitivity pihak lain dalam dunia jamak budaya ini dan tidak lagi perlu takut untuk mempersoalkan kelompok kita sendiri. Sejak bukunya yang pertama laris dijual di seluruh dunia. Irshad telah beralih daripada kemarahan kepada aspirasi. Irshad menunjukkan kepada setiap seorang daripada kita bagaimana keimanan boleh diselaraskan dengan kebebasan, agar kedua-duanya tidak lagi bertembangan, sehingga kita dapat mengenal Allah yang memihak kepada kebebasan dan cinta - Tuhan sejagat yang begitu menyayangi kita sehinggakan Dia memberikan kita pilihan dankeupayaan untuk membuat pilihan. Sebagai salah seorang pembaharu Muslim paling menonjol di zaman ini, Irshad berkongsi pengalamannya di ceruk-ceruk dunia dengan pembaca; menceritakan kisah-kisah yang menyentuh hati namun selalu juga lucu dan pada masa yang sama membuka mata kita terhadap zaman ini yang keliru tentang persoalan moral. Apa yang mencegah pemuda-pemudi Muslim, termasuk dari Barat, daripada mengungkapkan keperluan mereka terhadap pentafsiran semula hal-hal keagamaan? Apa yang membuatkan bukan-Muslim takut untuk secara terbuka menyokong suara-suara liberal dalam Islam? Kita bertolak-ansur dengan adat-resam yang seharusnya ditolak, misalnya adat membunuh atas nama maruah - bagaimana kita sampai terjerumus ke jurang sebegini hina? Apa yang boleh kita lakukan untuk mengubah keadaan? Bagaimana kita boleh menolak dogma tanpa mengorbankan keimanan? Lebih penting lagi, bagaimana setiap seorang kita dapat mengorak langkah menuju keberanian moral, iaitu kesanggupan untuk bersuara sewaktu semua orang mahu mengunci mulut kita?

Race, Racism, And Development: Interrogating History, Discourse And PracticeRace, Racism, And Development: Interrogating History, Discourse And Practice by Wilson, Kalpana

Race, Racism and Development places racism and constructions of race at the centre of an exploration of the dominant discourses, structures and practices of development. Combining insights from postcolonial and race critical theory with a political economy framework, it puts forward provocative theoretical analyses of the relationships between development, race, capital, embodiment and resistance in historical and contemporary contexts. Exposing how race is central to development policies and practices relating to human rights, security, good governance, HIV/AIDS, population control, NGOs, visual representations and the role of diasporas in development, the book raises compelling questions about contemporary imperialism and the possibilities for transnational political solidarity.

Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space For Economic DemocracyReclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space For Economic Democracy by Cumbers, Andrew

The last few years have seen the spectacular failure of market fundamentalism in Europe and the US, with a seemingly never-ending spate of corporate scandals and financial crises. As the environmental limits and socially destructive tendencies of the current profit-driven economic model become daily more self-evident, there is a growing demand for a fairer economic alternative, as evidenced by the mounting campaigns against global finance and the politics of austerity. Reclaiming Public Ownership tackles these issues head on, going beyond traditional leftist arguments about the relative merits of free markets and central planning to present a radical new conception of public ownership, framed around economic democracy and public participation in economic decision-making. Cumbers argues that a reconstituted public ownership is central to the creation of a more just and sustainable society. This book is a timely reconsideration of a long-standing but essential topic.

Culture, Development And Social Theory: Towards An Integrated Social DevelopmentCulture, Development And Social Theory: Towards An Integrated Social Development by Clammer, John

Culture, Development and Social Theory places culture back at the centre of debates in development studies. It introduces new ways of conceptualizing culture in relation to development by linking development studies to cultural studies, studies of social movements, religion and the notion of 'social suffering'. The author expertly argues that in the current world crises it is necessary to recover a more holistic vision of development that creates a vocabulary linking more technical (and predominantly economic) aspects of development with more humanistic and ecological goals. Any conception of post-capitalist society, he argues, requires cultural, as well as economic and political, dimensions.

Solidarity: Hidden Histories And Geographies Of InternationalismSolidarity: Hidden Histories And Geographies Of Internationalism by David Featherstone

Despite the frequency with which the word 'solidarity' is invoked the concept itself has rarely been subjected to close scrutiny. In this original and stereotype-busting work, David Featherstone helps redress this imbalance through an innovative combination of archival research, activist testimonies and first-hand involvement with political movements. Solidarity presents a variety of case studies, from anti-slavery and anti-fascist organizing to climate change activism and the boycotts of Coca-Cola. It unearths international forms of solidarity that are all too often marginalized by nation-centred histories of the left and social movements. Timely and wide-ranging, Solidarity is a fascinating investigation of an increasingly vital subject.

Societies Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs And Social FuturesSocieties Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs And Social Futures by John Urry

What would a de-carbonised society be like? What are the implications of a general de-globalisation for our social futures? How will our high-carbon patterns of life be restructured in a de-energized world? As global society gradually wakes up to the new reality of peak oil, these questions remain unanswered. For the last hundred years oil made the world go round, and as we move into the century of 'tough oil' this book examines some profound consequences. It considers what societies would be like that are powering down; what lessons can be learned from the past about de-energized societies; will there be rationing systems or just the market to allocate scarce energy? Can virtual worlds solve energy problems? What levels of income and wellbeing would be likely? In this groundbreaking book, John Urry analyzes how the twentieth century created a kind of mirage of the future that is unsustainable into even the medium term and envisions the future of an oil-dependent world facing energy descent. Without a large-scale plan B, how can the energizing of society possibly be going into reverse?

America's Deadliest Export Democracy: The Truth About Us Foreign Policy And Everything ElseAmerica's Deadliest Export Democracy: The Truth About Us Foreign Policy And Everything Else by William Blum

For over sixty-five years, the United States war machine has been on automatic pilot. Since World War II we have been conditioned to believe that America's motives in 'exporting' democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and provocative book, William Blum, a leading dissident chronicler of US foreign policy and the author of controversial bestseller Rogue State, argues that nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, unless this fallacy is unlearned, and until people understand fully the worldwide suffering American policy has caused, we will never be able to stop the monster.

Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind The World's Most Powerful NumberGross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind The World's Most Powerful Number by Fioramonti, Lorenzo

Gross domestic product is arguably the best-known statistic in the contemporary world, and certainly amongst the most powerful. It drives government policy and sets priorities in a variety of vital social fields - from schooling to healthcare. Yet for perhaps the first time since it was invented in the 1930s, this popular icon of economic growth has come to be regarded by a wide range of people as a 'problem'. In Gross Domestic Problem, Lorenzo Fioramonti takes apart the 'content' of GDP - what it measures, what it doesn't and why - and reveals the powerful political interests that have allowed it to dominate today's economies. In doing so, he demonstrates just how little relevance GDP has to moral principles such as equity, social justice and redistribution, and shows that an alternative is possible, as evinced by the 'de-growth' movement and initiatives such as transition towns. A startling insight into the politics of a number that has come to dominate our everyday lives.

Economies Of Recycling: The Global Transformation Of Materials, Values, And Social RelationsEconomies Of Recycling: The Global Transformation Of Materials, Values, And Social Relations by Catherine Alexander; Joshua Reno (Eds.)

For some, recycling is a big business; for others a moralised way of engaging with the world. But, for many, this is a dangerous way of earning a living. With scrap now being the largest export category from the US to China, the sheer scale of this global trade has not yet been clearly identified or analysed. This groundbreaking book reveals astonishing connections between persons, households, cities and global regions as objects are reworked, taken to pieces and traded. With case studies from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, the former Soviet Union, North America and Europe, Economies of Recycling shows how marginal economies are producing new social collectives and projects around local and global decay, often with waste labour bringing high monetary reward as well as danger.

Future Of South-South Economic RelationsFuture Of South-South Economic Relations by Adil Najam; Rachel Thrasher (Eds.)

In recent years, it has become apparent that South-South economic relations are increasing, and will continue to do so. There will be more trade agreements and more trade, more economic alliances and more political alliances with economic goals, more investment flows and an increasing acknowledgement that the Global South has more to offer than it has in the past. These new economics relations have great potential, both for harm and for good. Covering a wide range of topics, including regional trade integration in Africa, the environmental impact of increased South-South trade, the changing patterns of South-South investment, and the effect of conflict on trade in South Asia, this ground-breaking volume presents an analysis of South-South economic relations, and how they might impact and be impacted by the rest of the world.

In The Courtyard Of The SunIn The Courtyard Of The Sun by Wong Ming Yook

Storytellers and travellers, mountains guides and café owners, come together to give this collection of short stories a mythic depth and universal appeal as it explores the eternal question of the meaning of life. From "In the Courtyard of the Sun", "The Daytime Café of Love", "The Garden of Fireflies", to "Einstein the Disappearing Cat" and "The Rustic Bookshop", these stories conspire to depict life as patchwork quilt of many colours, composed of strange and mystical experiences, tragedy as well as the seemingly everyday stuff of ordinary life. The stories of "In The Courtyard of the Sun" will take the reader on a journey of discovery and into a vision of the inherent joy and beauty of life's riches meanings.