Young 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 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 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 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.
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! 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
Emergence And Widening Of Ethnic Divide In The Malaysian Educational System, The by Tan Yao Sua; Sezali Md Darit
The existence of an ethnic divide is a common problem in multiethnic societies, more so when these societies are straddled with contradictions reflected in their socioeconomic and political composition and configuration. The existence of an ethnic divide in the educational sector is most unfortunate. While Malaysia has aspired to provide a common or uniform system of schooling for the different ethnic groups since Independence, such an aspiration was however compromised by the co-existence of alternative pathways of education that are divided along ethnic lines. There are four dimensions underpinning these ethnic divisions, namely linguistic, preferential, religious and class. This monograph explores the emergence and subsequent developments of these alternative pathways of education and their impact on Malaysia's nation-building process.
Bangsa Melayu: Malay Concepts Of Democracy And Community, 1945-1950 by Ariffin Omar
The years immediately after the Second World War were critical in the remaking of Southeast Asian societies. Bangsa Melayu is an innovative study of political ideology in two related but distinct Malay communities in peninsular Malaya and East Sumatra at this time of tremendous political ferment. In this new edition of a classic book, Ariffin Omar focuses on the basic differences in thinking, temperament and attitude between the two groups of Malays which led to markedly different political outcomes. It will be of enormous appeal to all those interested in the history of ideas and the politics of ethnicity.
Rubber Manufacturing In Malaysia: Resource-Based Industrialization In Practice by Goldthorpe, C. C.
Malaysia is a major rubber producing country, and the country's rubber manufacturing sector is a prime example of an industry based on a locally produced agricultural resource. Goldthorpe draws on industrial policy theory along with many years of practical experience to examine the growth of rubber manufacturing in Malaysia. Over the past century, a series of technological discoveries resulted in the worldwide rise of a rubber production industry that manufactures tyres for motor vehicles, engineering components, household gloves and medical products. Goldthorpe argues that the production of rubber goods has played a significant part in the transformation of the country from primary commodity producer to newly industrialized economy, a position he supports by tracing the historical development of rubber-based industrial production and the effects of government policies promoting industrialization.
Born In Malaysia: A Photographer's Journey by Loh, Kenny
In 2010, Kenny Loh came back to Malaysia after almost two decades and found that so much has changed. Everything was different and new. With camera and notebook in hand, he set out to rediscover the land of his birth. Born in Malaysia is the result of this three-year journey. It highlights a Malaysia in transition. Many of the traditional crafts and businesses that once drove the local economy had entered their twilight. It celebrates the individuals from all walks of life who have played their part in building this nation.
Out In The Midday Sun: The British In Malaya 1880-1960 by Shennan, Margaret
The story of British Malaya, from the days of Victorian pioneers to the denouement of independence, is a momentous episode in Britain's colonial past. Through memoirs, letters and interviews, Margaret Shennan chronicles its halcyon years, the two World Wars, economic depression and diaspora, revealing the attitudes of the diverse quixotic characters of this now quite vanished world.
Lim Kit Siang: Defying The Odds by Ooi Kee Beng
Lim Kit Siang has been fighting on the forefront of Malaysian politics since the late 1960s. Uncompromising in his mission to pull the country away from systemic race-based politics and all the ills that stem from the sustainment over five decades of these, he was jailed twice without trial. Since 2008, his Democratic Action Party has grown greatly in strength, and together with its allies, has been able seriously to challenge the ruling coalition. This book captures the spirit of Lim's life, and describes the grim yet gratifying journey that his refusal to compromise on his political convictions forced him to take.
Concept Of A Hero In Malay Society by Shaharuddin Maaruf
This book attempts to study the Malay conception of the hero as projected by the ruling class in Malaysia. It provides readers with a better understanding of Malay politics and cultural life.
Seeds Of Dissent: Selected Essays On Political Reforms And Social Change by Khoo Ying Hooi
Seeds of Dissent is a collection of 55 essays by Khoo Ying Hooi. It engages a variety of political questions rooted within the contentious terrain of culture and power in Malaysia. These essays critically speak to the multiple ways in which the dominant political power shapes and perpetuates widespread social injustice. Spanning 2012-2014, this timely collection not only provides deeply unique and thought-provoking political insights into understanding Malaysian politics and society but also guides the reader to rethinking the role of dissenting voices in shaping the future of the country.