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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.

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.