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Development Of Malaysian Capitalism, The by Elsa Lafaye De Micheaux

As Malaysia grappled with bitter ethnic and political tensions at the end of the 1960s, the government initiated growth-oriented economic reforms to promote cohesion in the young, multi-ethnic nation. The large scale and lasting effects of these policies forged the countries' exceptional economic development: by 2020, Malaysia will likely enter the club of 'high-income' countries. This volume comprehensively surveys Malaysia's political economy, mapping the intersecting forces that inform it: economic growth, broader Asian development, the weight of colonial institutions, the influence of Islamic finance, and the sometimes ambiguous role of the state. It offers a discerning overview of Malaysian capitalism through readings of its history since 1874 - from the colonial economy through modernisation and accelerated development, up to its recent passage in global crises. The author details the causes and conditions of Malaysia's economic success; the result is a compelling portrait of a young capitalist nation sitting at both the geographic centre of Southeast Asia and at the crossroads of sovereign development.

Malaysian And Their IdentitiesMalaysian And Their Identities by Yeoh Seng Guan (Ed.)

Malaysians and their Identities presents a kaleidoscope of insights based on original empirical research by young Malaysian scholars. Among others, their topics cover festive TV advertisements, connoisseur café culture, the smartphone, online sports gaming, Islamic fashion, women indie musicians, men's health magazines, inter-racial marriages, and friendships in private universities. These chapters show the variety of everyday identity-making in Malaysia, and how these actions are also entangled with wider social, economic and technological processes in the world.

Getting By: Class And State Formation Among Chinese In MalaysiaGetting By: Class And State Formation Among Chinese In Malaysia by Nonini, Donald M.

How do class, ethnicity, gender, and politics interact? In what ways do they constitute everyday life among ethnic minorities? Donald M. Nonini draws on three decades of research in the region of Penang state in northern West Malaysia, mainly in the city of Bukit Mertajam, to provide an ethnographic and historical account of the cultural politics of class conflict and state formation among Malaysians of Chinese descent.

Access To Justice: Women's Experiences In Penang Syariah CourtsAccess To Justice: Women's Experiences In Penang Syariah Courts by Kamarudin, Shariza

In Access to Justice Shariza Kamarudin offers a rare insight into the lives and experiences of women as they navigate their way through the Penang Syariah court system. Grounded in theories of justice, Islamic jurisprudence and feminist legal theory, Access to Justice collects valuable first-hand accounts of the female litigants as they face an overwhelmingly patriarchal system. Touching on issues of polygamy, talaq divorce, domestic violence, domestic abuse and child custody, Shariza Kamarudin studies the responses of women, highlighting the ways in which issues of gender, class, and race play an important role in the administration of Syariah law. Finally, making use of the United Nations Development Programme Access to Justice Framework, Access to Justice calls for a reform in the administration of Syariah law in Malaysia which puts at its heart access to legal knowledge, legal representation and gender awareness.

Humeirah: A Story Of Existence, Beauty And WisdomHumeirah: A Story Of Existence, Beauty And Wisdom by Carrim, Sabah

Humeirah - A story about Beauty, Existence and Wisdom Humeirah is the story of a woman who faces the silence and the void amid the noise and clamor of a close knit society. Intelligent, reflective, and a keen-observer of the disharmony and hypocrisy of the people who surround her, she is on the constant lookout for something deeper and more sincere. Instead, she faces the incongruences with which society deals with the beautiful and provocative Sana; or even her own husband Haider, whom society reveres for reasons that don't make sense. A certain distance sets in between Humeirah and her daughter Warissah, as the former fears that getting close to her daughter would mean passing on the flaws and defects that society has labeled her with. Humeirah is an introspective story of a woman born on the island of Mauritius. It is also about the Kutchi Mehmans who live on that island; their arrogance and their sense of superiority over all other Indian-Muslim immigrants.

Semi-ApesSemi-Apes by Carrim, Sabah

Semi-apes is a story celebrating life and death, homogeneity and diversity, belief and disbelief. It is told from Heera's perspective as she comments on the pursuits of people who surround her, and how they struggle with that against their own psychological make-up. Heera takes us to the darkest corners of Alif's life, the oppression and injustice that she endures; Khosrow uncle's experiences, and his struggle in finding meaning to life; and Layla aunty who is juggled between her psychiatrists and a disloyal husband. But Heera is not only an observer. Like others, she displays her own inconsistencies, her prejudices, and her misgivings. In the end, Semi-apes is about everybody's attempt to be unique and different, to strive to lead better lives, and in the process, by the working of an arbitrary law, succeed and lose at times, and lose and succeed at others.

Thaipusam In Malaysia: A Hindu Festival In The Tamil DiasporaThaipusam In Malaysia: A Hindu Festival In The Tamil Diaspora by Vadivella Belle, Carl

In Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora, the author argues that many scholars who had written about Thaipusam in Malaysia had constructed interpretations of the festivals and the associated forms of worship (especially the kavadi ritual) which suggested their own rationales for Thaipusam. It was contended that each of these analyses was superficially convincing, but when subject to close examination relied upon ethnographies that were far from complete. In treating Thaipusam as sui generis, these scholars had failed to situate either the festival or the kavadi ritual within a sufficiently broad cultural or comparative framework. The main objective of this study has been to closely examine Thaipusam from the "inside", as it were, and to trace the layers of meaning and the recondite vocabularies of this multifaceted and complex festival in terms of its continuing relevance to Malaysian Hindus. He concludes that far from being a cultural aberration, a product of time, place and the peculiar circumstances of Hindu Malaysians, Thaipusam is constructed from deep-rooted elements of South Indian culture, and can only be fully comprehended by locating it within Tamil history, philosophies and belief structures, and in particular those associated with the Tamil deity Murugan.

Kuala Lumpur Undercover IiKuala Lumpur Undercover Ii by Ewe Paik Leong

As eight sexy girls strut their stuff on stage, spandex shorts swathing their behinds as tightly as the lotus-leaf wrappings of a Chinese dumpling, author Ewe Paik Leong once again finds himself on the trail of Kuala Lumpur's ladies of the night. Following the success of his original book, which resulted in several red-light areas being closed down by the Malaysian authorities, he is back with new girls, new locations and new, shocking material.

Auditing: Theory And Practice In MalaysiaAuditing: Theory And Practice In Malaysia by Ferdinand A. Gul

This book gives an overview of auditing theory based on the ideas and concepts underlying agency theory, providing a history on the development of the profession as well as the auditing environment in Malaysia. It then proceeds to explain the entire audit process in a comprehensive but concise manner. Each step of the audit process is covered in detail, from client acceptance and planning, documentation of internal controls and preliminary evaluations, compliance and substantive testing, up till the issuance of the audit report. Each of the important cycles is also covered in separate chapters to give the reader a clear idea of what is needed when auditing each cycle.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #01: Johor Remains The Bastion Of Kaum TuaTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #01: Johor Remains The Bastion Of Kaum Tua by Norshahril Saat

Many scholars on Malaysia have recognized that Salafism-Wahhabism has penetrated substantially into the country's political and social life. The southern state of Johor has always been considered, and remains, the bastion of kaum tua, with its religious institutions dominated by ulama (religious scholars) who are traditionalist in character but tolerant of religious practices that are infused with local culture and mysticism. These scholars have also tended to maintain conservative attitudes on gender issues, inter-religious relations, and intra-faith differences. The Sultan of Johor appoints the Mufti whose primary role is to issue fatwas (religious rulings) and be the ex-officio of the Johor Islamic Religious Council, the highest Islamic body in the state. Johors Muftis are dominantly political quietists, and loyal to the ruling family. Occasional interventions by the Sultan of Johor in the religious sphere have proved crucial in ensuring that the state maintains its Malay character. The Sultan also acts to protect the states religious institutions from encroachment by the federal government.

Electoral Dynamics In Sarawak: Contesting Developmentalism And RightsElectoral Dynamics In Sarawak: Contesting Developmentalism And Rights by Weiss, Meredith; Arnold Puyok (Eds.)

Based upon observation of the 2016 Sarawak state elections at a time of political turmoil for the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, Electoral Dynamics in Sarawak offers four ethnographic accounts of grassroots electoral politics in diverse constituencies of Sarawak. This volume exposes the diversity and complexity of Sarawak's electoral geography. Central to the analyses in this volume are not only the role of ethnicity and the urban/rural divide but also the longer term impact of the politics of developmentalism, the personality politics surrounding Chief Minister Adenan Satem and the emerging force of Sarawakian states' rights enshrined in the Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) social movement.

Lat: My Life And CartoonsLat: 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, TheMalayan 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 NationFinding 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)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 MalaysiaEthnicization 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 NovelRed 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 EconomyMalaysia 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 BiographyBeing 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 MalaysiaMedia, 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.