Lat: My Life And Cartoons by Mohammad Nor Khalid (Lat)
Mohammad Nor Khalid, far better known as Lat, is Malaysia's top cartoonist. In Lat: My Life and Cartoons he tells for the first time the story of his life. From his childhood in the idyllic village atmosphere so evocatively captured by him in his bestselling book Kampung Boy, through his years as a crime reporter in 1970s Kuala Lumpur, and several decades as an editorial and freelance cartoonist, Lat has achieved celebrity status and won the hearts and attention of millions with his inimitable style and perceptive insights. Respected by cartoonists around the world and venerated by the Malaysian public, his cartoons have been translated into nine languages and his animated series Kampung Boy has been broadcast in many countries including Canada. This treasure trove of memories tells the story of a man whose cartoons have come to represent the collective memories of an entire country. The book is illustrated throughout with photographs, memorabilia and carefully selected cartoons.
Malayan Communist Party As Recorded In The Cominterm Files, The by Hara, Fujio
Comintern (Communist International, 1919-1943) files kept in a Russian Archive were opened to the public in 1991. Various documents relating to the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) were contained therein. Relying on these documents, this research reveals many important and hitherto unknown facts. Consulting with previous works done by C.F. Yong, Cheah Boon Kheng and others, we can identify the extent to which the British colonial Special Branch intercepted them. The inaugural congress of the MCP, which initially depended heavily on the Comintern's instructions, was held on 22-23 April and 21 May 1930. Consistent pivotal points of the instructions were to refrain from armed insurgency and to make every effort to obtain the support of Malays and Indians. Although instructions were stopped after 1935, the MCP continued sending reports until the Pacific War started. These reports depict its internal disputes between the left wing and the right wing, which is supposed to have been headed by Lai Teck. Without instructions from the Comintern, the MCP further strengthened its influence among the people through labour as well as anti-Japanese movements.
Finding Malaysia: Making Sense Of An Eccentric Nation by Zairil Khir Johari
Zairil Khir Johari offers a quick-witted and focused reflection on some of the most pressing and contentious issues of the day. At the heart of the matter is the bane of Malaysian politics - the ethnic question - from which he explores a range of high profile issues: identity, secularism, federalism and education.
Wolf At The Door (The Jan Xu Series: Volume 1) by J. Damask (Ed.)
Jan Xu, a Singaporean Chinese Lang (wolf), mother, and daughter, receives a phone call from her sister. Marianne returns to Singapore with a new boyfriend and a hidden agenda. Is Jan Xu able to accept this new Marianne and the threat to her stable life? What can an ex-teen vigilante do? Welcome to Singapore, where the Myriad co-exists with ordinary humans, where ancient urges wrestle with human desires. Where the Lang straddle between many worlds.
Ethnicization And Identity Construction In Malaysia by Holst, Frederik
This book is the first monograph to provide an in-depth and multifaceted study of the processes of ethnicization and identity construction in Malaysia, from the colonial period until the present. In his analysis, the author takes multiple layers of ethnicization into account and shows how these have shaped Malaysia's socio-political system and society in different ways. A multi-disciplinary approach, substantiated by empirical data based on qualitative and quantitative methodologies, provides a perspective that moves beyond stereotypical narrations of Malaysia as being constituted by mainly three separate, homogenous groups. At the same time, this book gives a detailed and comprehensive account of political and historical developments and constitutes a rich resource for any Malaysia-related research.
Red Bicycle, The: A Historical Novel by Anthony, Dave
The brave fighters of the Communist Party of Malaya lived hard lives in the jungles, pledging allegiance to the Party above all else. But despite their dedication, many were lost due to a traitor in their midst - one so high-ranking that nobody would have suspected him. Dave Anthony's historical novel follows the developing love of two of the guerrilla fighters; the multiple identities of their Beloved Leader and the uneasy cooperation between the British and the communists against their common enemy. The Red Bicycle tells a fascinating story inspired by the Communist Party of Malaya's most infamous operative. Weaving together fact and fiction, Dave Anthony has produced a compelling historical narrative that spans four South East Asian countries. More importantly, he has provided a window into the lives of Party members by highlighting the personal relationships of his main characters. In so doing, he succeeds in giving them a human face; something conspicuously absent in most other accounts of the Party.
Malaysia In Troubled Times: Challenges, Difficult Decisions And The Malaysian Economy by Shankaran Nambiar
The recent past has been tumultuous for Malaysia. Malaysia has been rocked by economic uncertainties, political turmoil and allegations of financial scandals. The economy has had to face domestically generated shocks and well as those emanating from external sources. Regional developments have been fast-paced, too. At a micro level, issues such as education and health have generated controversy and they could turn out to be problematic if not handled carefully. These issues, if ignored, could adversely affect Malaysia's economic development. If addressed correctly, Malaysia will move up the ladder of development. The present collection of essays attempts to capture the challenges that Malaysia faces.
Being Abdullah Ahmad Badawi: The Authorised Biography by Wong Sulong
Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - Malaysia's fifth prime minister - is probably the most misunderstood and maligned among Malaysian leaders. He was regarded as an accidental prime minister, yet he led his party to the biggest-ever general election victory in Malaysian history, only to be rejected by voters four years later. Now, Malaysians acknowledge that his relatively short rule was the springtime of Malaysian democracy. His firmness in ensuring a smooth and peaceful handover of power in the five states won by the opposition after the 2008 general election marked him as a courageous and principled leader. His legacy to Malaysia is substantial. In this book, journalist and author Wong Sulong traces the evolving public perception of this humble and remarkable politician.
Media, Culture And Society In Malaysia by Yeoh Seng Guan (Ed.)
This book presents a comprehensive, full-length analysis of the uses of media and communication technologies by different social actors in Malaysia. Unlike other studies of the media in Malaysia which concentrate on "political economy" or "freedom of the media" approaches, this book focuses on the ways in which different media forms have constituted cultural practices and power relations amongst particular audiences and publics. It also examines the ways in which technologies of varying scales and range have been appropriated for various subaltern purposes and counter-hegemonic agendas. Drawing upon recent case studies on the deployment of different media - including mainstream and independent films, television programming, black metal music, community rituals, political advertising, the internet, and artistic visual installations - it provides valuable insights into the complex, vibrant ways in which these different media forms have negotiated with the dominant cultural representations of Malaysian society. The book makes an important contribution to the emergent disciplines of media studies and cultural studies in Malaysia.
History Of Malaysia, A by Andaya, Barbara Watson & Leonard Andaya
This brand new edition of A History of Malaysia brings the story of this fascinating country up to date, incorporating the latest scholarship on every period of Malaysian history. Fresh analysis of Islam's historical role in the Malay world and how it links with the growing Islamization of Malaysia today make for a timely study.
Presenting Malaysia by Bowden, David
Spread out over the Peninsula and the island states of Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia contains and embraces a huge variety of cultures and cuisines, natural habitats, heritage sites and architectural wonders. Within this diversity there are many extreme contrasts, adding to the excitement of travelling through the country. Modern skyscrapers overlook wooden houses built on stilts; five-star hotels restaurants compete with street food from hawker stalls; rugged mountain peaks tower over sandy beaches and humid mangroves; bustling cities are juxtaposed with remote rainforests. Everywhere there is intriguing and irresistible street food. Presenting Malaysia provides an extensive introduction to the geography, history, people, religion, food, and arts and crafts, as well as a visual journey through the 13 states and three federal territories that make up this impressive and always fascinating country.
Johor: 300 Early Postcards by Cheah Jin Seng
Johor: 300 Early Postcards will present a series of postcard galleries showing various aspects of the Peninsular Malaysian state of Johor from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, in particular the changing landscapes and townscapes. The book will be a richly informative visual guide to a formative period in Johor's history. The postcards presented in the book will be drawn from the vast postcard collection of Dr Cheah Jin Seng, the author of Malaya: 500 Early Postcards, Penang: 500 Early Postcards, Perak: 300 Early Postcards, Selangor: 300 Early Postcards and Singapore: 500 Early Postcards.
Horror Stories 2 by Tunku Halim
These are the stories that were just too nasty to be included in the bestselling first volume of Horror Stories. Written over the span of two decades by Malaysia's most popular scary author Tunku Halim, this collection includes the full novella Juriah's Song as well as the blackly comic play Pig Heart.
End Of Umno, The: Essays On Malaysia's Dominant Party by Welsh, Bridget (Ed.)
The contributors in this collection study developments in Malaysia's dominant party, UMNO, on the anniversary of its 70th year. The answers to its future lies in part with a better understanding of its past. Four international academics analyse the contemporary history of UMNO, with a particular focus on changes in the last two decades. They draw attention to issues of party identity, leadership, membership, governance, institutional change, party financing, internal divisions and its relations with different communities and the public at large. Not only does this book fill an important gap in the scholarly research on UMNO, this book offers different perspectives on the party's contemporary challenges.
Moving Forward: Malays For The 21St Century by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
The discourse on Malays in Malaysia is shifting in the 21st century. Here, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the youngest elected representative in the 8 March, 2008 General Elections argues about how Malays must move forward to survive and succeed in facing today's challengers: the emerging new politics, forging a people's economy, resolving the education questions, the position of Islam in a multiracial society and the unraveling o the social fabric. While race will remain important as an identity, Moving Forward challenges the assumption of the racial zero sum game as, ultimately, the future of the Malays cannot be separated from Malaysians in general.
Magic Urn And Other Timeless Tales Of Malaysia, The by Tutu Datta
This carefully curated collection of folktales from all over Malaysia brings together 12 legendary stories which have etched themselves into the collective memory of the people. Elegant palaces, humble village houses, lush rice fields and verdant rainforests form the backdrops for the characters' search for truths, reversal of fortunes, sacrifices for the greater good, heartbreak, loss and the quest for love. Told in vivid detail and lavishly illustrated, these timeless tales will linger in the imagination long after the last page.
Spirit Carvings Of The Mah Meri Of Malaysia by Crowe, Peter
Over the years the Mah Meri have become noted for producing extremely fine spirit carvings made out of wood sourced from the mangroves. This book contains photographs of an extensive collection of some of these Mah Meri masks and sculptures. Apart from a brief history of the Mah Meri and the background to their spiritual beliefs, this book also delves into the background of the carvers who produced these works of art, historically and up to the present. There are now an increasing number of international collectors of these works of art. This affords the Mah Meri an opportunity to earn a living at a time when they, in common with other groups of Orang Asli, find their lifestyle coming under increasing threat from outside influences. Spirit Carvings of the Mah Meri seeks to preserve the designs of the carvings produced by this talented people.
Ismail Hashim-Essays, Interviews & Archieves by Ismail Hashi
This monograph comprises four parts: Part I has four essays that contextualise Ismail's early formative years. They elucidate the people and art historical developments that shaped his works, and analyse their formal, aesthetic and thematic thrusts. In Part II, the monograph shifts from the intellectual and theoretical to the personal. Parts III and IV are to be read and seen as reflective of each other, and constitute the core of the Ismail Hashim Project, an experiment with a breadth and scope likely never attempted before in Malaysia.
Black And Red: The Art Of Pak Samad by Dinsman, Chan Yong Sin
Pak Samad is a much celebrated Malaysian poet, writer and activist. He is also an unassuming modern artist who has had a few solo exhibitions under his belt at a number of important art venues over the years. His works, mostly ink drawings and paintings on paper expressed in the abstract and expressionist idiom, reflect his private thoughts and observations on life, capturing the intense moments in socio-political situations or events which he has become an ardent participant in recent years. The exhibition showcases more than 40 piece of ink on paper works selected from the private collection of Helmy, Pak Samad's son who is also entrusted with the publication right of his huge body of literature since 2003.
Al-Ghazali: Mishkah Al Anwar: The Niche For Lights by Al-Ghazali
This treatise gives an intimate glimpse of the inner life and esoteric thought of Imam al-Ghazali. It begins where his autobiographical Deliverance From Error leaves off. It basically expounds the celebrated Light verse (24:35) from the Qur'an and the subject of Veils from the hadith. These are further elaborated in three sections; one studying the various meanings of "Light", another on symbolic language in the Qur'an and Hadith, and the final section concludes by applying the results of this symbology to the verse and hadith in question.