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Heritage Trees Of PenangHeritage Trees Of Penang by Gardner, Simon; P. Sidisunthorn; Lai Ee May

This is a celebration of 200 trees which form an integral part of the natural, cultural and urban heritage of Penang. This unique book covers a wide range of both forest and cultivated species, each with a special story to tell. Richly illustrated with 72 original watercolours and over 1,200 photographs, this invaluable guide is a beautiful and authoritative companion to Penang s botanical inheritance.

Iversen: Architect Of Ipoh And Modern MalayaIversen: Architect Of Ipoh And Modern Malaya by Iversen Rollitt, Ruth

This is a biography of the Danish architect B.M. Iversen (1906-1976). It is illustrated with hundreds of original photographs, building plans and original paintings by the architect.Perhaps more than any other architect of his generation, B.M. Iversen introduced modern architecture to Malaya. Written by the architect's daughter, Ruth Iversen Rollitt, this warm, richly illustrated biography sheds new light on the life and work of Iversen, whose career spanned almost four decades in Malaya.

Penang Hokkien Dictionary (English - Hokkien)Penang Hokkien Dictionary (English - Hokkien) by De Gijzel, Luc; Lee Siew Har

Penang Hokkien is a unique dialect that is widely spoken in and around Penang. More than two centuries ago, settlers from Southern Chinas Fujian province introduced their language to the then British trading port. In Penangs melting pot of languages and cultures, Hokkien was and is exposed to diverse influences. The Penang Hokkien dictionary features over 7,500 vocabulary entries as well as supplementary chapters on celebrations, short phrases, expressions and grammar.

Rumah - An Ode To The Malay HouseRumah - An Ode To The Malay House by Tenas Effendy

Rumah is a collection of old Riau-Malay rhymed sayings originally gathered and published by Tenas Effendy. Referred to in Malay literature as 'Ungkapan', these eloquent stanzas depict the Malay house as a metaphor for the passage of life, the responsibilities of parenthood, the social observances of communal living, and the obligations of existing harmoniously with nature. Together, they form a complex work that vividly illustrates the values of customary law, etiquette, cultural protocols and religious tenets as cherished within a Malay home. The sayings themselves beautifully capture and radiate the warmth of a graceful Malay kampung house cast within the idyllic setting of a lush tropical oasis.

Penang House And The Straits Architect 1887-1941, ThePenang House And The Straits Architect 1887-1941, The by Lim, Jon Sun Hock

The mercantile communities of the Straits of Malacca were patrons of a distinctive architecture which flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The development of Straits architecture is succinctly expressed in the evolution of the Penang house. More than just a home, the house in this mercantile community was a statement of wealth, influence and cultural affiliations. This lavishly illustrated book is an important landmark study of a glorious chapter in Malaysia's architectural history.

Winged Wonders: Malaysian HeritageWinged Wonders: Malaysian Heritage by Hum Kim Choy (Photos); Ooi Poh Sim (Text)

Winged Wonders: Malaysian Heritage is the companion and sequel to Winged Wonders in Malaysia. It represents the culmination of the last decade of bird watching and bird photography. All of the colour photographs and the over-90 bird species featured in this book are new and not recycled, lovingly captured in their natural habitats - lowlands; mudflats and mangroves; ricefields; freshwater wetlands; scrublands; lowland, small hill and highland forests.

Young And Malay: Growing Up In Multicultural MalaysiaYoung And Malay: Growing Up In Multicultural Malaysia by Ooi Kee Beng; Wan Hamidi Hamid (Eds.)

In Malaysia, where ethnic identity is overpoweringly applied to constrict popular thought and rationalise government policies, the uniqueness of individuals is ignored and devalued - even by the individuals themselves. Paradoxically, the community that has suffered the political ascription of group identity most acutely and most inescapably is the ascribed majority group, the Malays. In this collection of essays edited by Ooi Kee Beng and Wan Hamidi Hamid, nine young writers share their individual memories about growing up in Malaysia, and in some cases debate the racial politics in which they - and all Malaysians - seem inextricably caught.

Globalisation And The Development Of Higher Education: The Case Of A Malaysian Public UniversityGlobalisation And The Development Of Higher Education: The Case Of A Malaysian Public University by Tan Yao Sua; Goh Soo Khoon

This monograph examines the responses of a Malaysian public university, Universiti Sains Malaysia, to the impact of globalisation vis-à-vis three main areas of concern: the recruitment of international students, the requirement to engage with international academic publications, and the growing importance of world university rankings. There are concerted efforts put in place by the university to recruit more international students. But a global branding is needed to offset factors that have worked against this recruitment. Yet, it is in the area of world university rankings that the counter-globalisation stand of the university has been most thought-provoking in that it has rejected this standard benchmark for academic excellence by proposing an alternative benchmark.

Second Thoughts: On Malaysia, Globalisation, Society, And SelfSecond Thoughts: On Malaysia, Globalisation, Society, And Self by Lee, Julian C.H. (Ed.); Jun Kit(Illustrator)

First impressions can be deceptive, as Julian Lee notes in the introduction to this book, and that's why he sees merit in second thoughts. In this engaging collection of essays and reviews, he gives us a whirlwind tour of topics as diverse as Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake; the peculiarities of human interaction; cultural variations in emoticons; the art of the car sale; histories of fruit; the merits of pessimism; and why you think your phone is vibrating when it isn't. Not only this, but he can draw a line from Mars Attacks! to Edward Said in one breath, and explain what the plot of Transformers has to say about gender inequalities. With engaging illustrations by Jun Kit that astutely distill the essence of each chapter with humour and insight, Second Thoughts promises to inform and delight in equal measure.

One Malaysia, Under God, Bipolar: Essays On Society, Schooling And SalvationOne Malaysia, Under God, Bipolar: Essays On Society, Schooling And Salvation by Rahman, Azly

In this fine collection of opinion pieces, the respected and sagacious public intellectual Azly Rahman reflects on the political machinations and cultural politics in Malaysia. The book is a smorgasbord of commentaries on the poetics and politics of cultural life in a nation that is struggling to transcend its racialized structure to forge a cohesive and harmonious future. It is a clarion call to Malaysians to get out of their comfort zone and apathy and to join the movement for a better Malaysia where bigotry, racism and religious extremism are kept in check and where peace, harmony, intercultural understanding are reinstated and reinforced as part and parcel of everyday life.

Chulia In Penang, The: Patronage And Place-Making Around The Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786-1957Chulia In Penang, The: Patronage And Place-Making Around The Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786-1957 by Khoo Salma Nasution

Tamil Muslims once known as Chulias prospered as traders of pelikat cloth, pepper and local products in the Straits of Malacca. In the nineteenth century, they enriched the port town of Penang with endowments for mosques, Sufi shrines, burial grounds, a water tank and an ashurkhanah, holding religious feasts and processions. They innovated the performing arts of Boria and Bangsawan and pioneered early Malay and Tamil print media in Penang, which helped give birth to modern vernacular discourses. Influenced by the Khilafat and Self-Respect Movements in India, they strengthened Tamil identity and started Tamil schools. For economic and political reasons, they formed the Muslim Merchants Society, the Muslim Mahajana Sabha and then the Muslim League, the last of which competed in Penangs city and settlement elections in the 1950s. The book looks at how this diaspora community living under the East India Company, then in the Straits Settlements and British Malaya evolved in response to the changing terms of colonial patronage.

Unbelievably Stupid Too!Unbelievably Stupid Too! by Kee Thuan Chye

Join humorist Kee Thuan Chye at laughing at the people in power and assorted others as he shows up the stupidity of their words and actions.

Unbelievably Stupid!Unbelievably Stupid! by Kee Thuan Chye

Written by humourist Kee Thuan Chye, this is a book about how Malaysian politicians, public officials and even leaders of right-wing NGOs can appear like buffoons … when they say stupid things or try to deceive or make about-turns or, worst of all, lie.

My Dear PapaMy Dear Papa by Anwar, Nurul Hana

This book captures the emotions and history of what happened in Nurul Hana's eyes, the youngest child of Anwar Ibrahim. She expresses the personal and emotional aspects of what she experienced. This book shows what she went through from 1998 until 2015.

New Malaysia, A: Beyond Race, Politics And ReligionNew Malaysia, A: Beyond Race, Politics And Religion by Huang, Joaquim

With penetrating insight, A New Malaysia busts the nation's oversized racial balloons and dispels theocratic notions that secular laws are fundamentally inferior to divine law. A New Malaysia calls for inclusive governance through establishment of non-partisan senates at state level and invigoration of the existing Dewan Negara or national senate. It calls for Malaysian to initiate broad reforms to rid society of frozen paradigms, especially belligerent worldviews that pitch religions against one another in a devastating conflict of civilisations.

Kuala Lumpur: Street Names - A Guide To Their Meanings & HistoriesKuala Lumpur: Street Names - A Guide To Their Meanings & Histories by Mariana Isa & Maganjeet Kaur

Kuala Lumpur's street names reflect its rich mix of cultures and its growth from a small tin mining settlement to the leading capital city it is today. This encyclopedic A-to-Z guide explores the meanings and origins of KL's street names, past and present - from those named after notable persons and prominent landmarks (often bygone), to those named after local flora and fauna. Themed clusters, such as the streets in Taman Sri Bahtera named after traditional Malay boats, lend their neighbourhoods a distinct identity.

Brave New World: Greatest Hits (With Free Cd)Brave New World: Greatest Hits (With Free Cd) by Azmi Sharon

Azmi Sharom may be best known for his law expertise and his intimate acquaintance with the Sedition Act, but as this collection shows, he has a lot more to talk about: faith, fear-mongering, football, and Flight of the Hamsters, for example. Drawn from selected newspaper columns published between 2007 and 2015, these essays cover Merdeka, mob rule, and the path from one to the other. Azmi clears up the question of whether Malaysia is a secular or Islamic state, explains the role of the monarchy as determined by the Constitution, and outlines how the introduction of simple concepts such as academic freedom and an independent police commission might actually be beneficial to everybody.

Culture, Identity & Foodways Of The Terengganu ChineseCulture, Identity & Foodways Of The Terengganu Chinese by Tan Tao Sua; Kamarudin Ngah

The Chinese minority in Terengganu, Malaysia, are struggling to maintain their Sinic culture, identity and community in the face of socio-political changes and Islamisation since the early 1970s. They are also facing problems due to population attrition from an outflow of the younger generation to larger cities in Malaysia for jobs and further education. The acculturated Terengganu Peranakan Chinese, descendants of the earliest settlers who arrived at least two centuries ago, face additional inter-generational tensions and challenges. This book is based on extensive interviews and fieldwork and includes: an overview of the role of the Kuala Terengganu Chinese associations in promoting traditional Chinese culture and identity; a study of the Peranakan Chinese in Tirok, to further examine issues of identity maintenance and identity shift; and a comparison between the foodways of the Tirok Peranakan Chinese with a similar rural Peranakan community in the neighbouring state of Kelantan to demonstrate the community's continual negotiation of Sino-Malay identity.

Merdeka For The Mind: Essays On Malaysian Struggles In The 21St CenturyMerdeka For The Mind: Essays On Malaysian Struggles In The 21St Century by Ooi Kee Beng

This selection of articles written over the last three years by Ooi Kee Beng is a succinct expression, not only of trends that the region and the world are experiencing, but more specifically of stubborn issues immediately affecting Malaysia. In essence, Malaysia has reached a crossroads. Ooi contends that the bankruptcy of racialist politics maintained for too long by race-based parties through racially-justified policies has become too obvious to deny. On the one hand, this has generated strong opposition from the depths of Malaysian society; and on the other hand, as a direct response to this challenge to the old order, there appears to be a disheartening rise in incoherent racism and Islamist zealotry.

Social Change In An Urban Neighbourhood In Klang: A Case StudySocial Change In An Urban Neighbourhood In Klang: A Case Study by Jayanath Appudurai; Lian Kwen Fee

Urbanisation has transformed the social structure of Malaysian society since the 1970s. The Malays, a rural and peasant-based society in the 1950s, are now an integral part of urban society and constitute significant parts of the middle and working classes. The Indians, semi-rural and semi-urban in the past, are now a full blown urban proletariat. This case study is the first attempt to examine the socio-economic and political consequences of two ethnic groups of rural origins - one peasant and the other a plantation economy - now incorporated into an industrial economy and constituting an urban proletariat. This urban working class, neglected by the government in the past, has gained in importance over the years and has emerged as a politically significant influence in Malaysian politics.