Malaysia

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Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial RuleKerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial Rule by Milner, Anthony (Ed.)

First published in 1982, this is a pioneering, provocative study of Malay political thought on the eve of colonial rule - based on both Malay and European source materials, and addressing issues that continue to be critical in Malaysia today. Focusing on both the Malay peninsula and North Sumatra, Kerajaan is innovative in approach - an historical investigation informed by methodologies developed in anthropology and literary criticism. The book argues that such close analyses of non-Western social thought are essential to achieve a genuinely global history, addressing the full variety of human perspectives and experience. In 2003 the US Association for Asian Studies selected Kerajaan as one of the 25 'works of major importance to historical studies' and 'most frequently cited in the literature' in the field of Southeast Asian history.

Death Of The Dragon God Lake: Voices From Tasik Chini, MalaysiaDeath Of The Dragon God Lake: Voices From Tasik Chini, Malaysia by Parker, Isabel Crabtree; Jonathan C. Parker Et Al.

Death of the Dragon God Lake is a family ethnography focusing on the Jakun of Tasik Chini, Malaysia, and their contemporary struggles. The Orang Asli West Malaysia's indigenous people - comprise only 0.6 percent of the country's total population, and within this group, the Jakun of Tasik Chini number around 500. While recent decades have seen efforts to 'modernise' them, this official spin cloaks the denial of Orang Asli self-determination and the concurrent damage being done to their traditional land. As part of their condensed ethnography, the authors conducted interviews and field discussion groups, observed the adults and children living around Tasik Chini, and gathered information about their lives today and how they compare with the recent past. The lake is polluted, the children unable to swim in it as their parents did, and the natural beauty of the surroundings has been eroded, having an impact on tourism as well. With awareness of their positionality as foreign anthropologists, the authors examine the contradiction between the authorities' and indigenous narratives, and reveal the efforts made by Tasik Chini community members to improve their situation on their own terms.

Malaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And DedicationMalaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And Dedication by Fong Chan Onn

Throughout human history, whenever people moved to a new land they sought to preserve practices from their place of origin, whether that was in the form of their language, religion, culture or cuisine. Wherever Chinese have settled in significant numbers outside of China, they established schools in a bid to retain their mother tongue. Within the reality of Malaysia's multi-ethnic fabric, the Chinese community has also sought to preserve its cultural roots through vernacular education. This photo-journal attempts to describe the Malaysian Chinese primary school system's challenging journey over the last century. Legally defined as "National-Type" Chinese Primary Schools, SJKCs have become a social institution with a significant role in nation building in a multi-ethnic setting.

Ah Lao And The Paper MenAh Lao And The Paper Men by Wong Ming Yook

Ordinary people live extraordinary lives. Ah Lao and the Paper Men features fourteen stories which draw back the curtain on the inner lives of such ordinary people to reveal intimate and touching tales of love and loss, hope and despair, wonder and joy. This collection of short stories reminds the reader that each character's experience of the surface and mundane merely veils the depth and possibilities that life promises to all.

Association: A Part Of The World No Longer ApartAssociation: A Part Of The World No Longer Apart by Mohamed Bolkiah

Association describes one of the most exciting and inspiring episodes in modern political, economic and social history. It tells how a geographical location known as Southeast Asia, once reputed to be the most dangerous and unstable region on earth, has become the home of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian nations, and a much-admired symbol of regional and international cooperation. It is far more, however, than a political, economic and social history. It is a human story, at the heart of which is the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, a gathering of regional Foreign Ministers, whose members, ever since its founding, have placed the human agency ahead of all historical and ideological considerations. It is described through the eyes of its longest-serving member, one whose earliest mentors were the Association's Founding Fathers themselves. The book intertwines documentary, academic, artistic and graphic content in an overall tribute to the more than six hundred million people of Southeast Asia.

Gila: A Journey Through Moods & MadnessGila: A Journey Through Moods & Madness by Hanna Alkaf

Here are the untold stories of the men and women living with mental illness in Malaysia, as well as those who love, care for, work with and fight for them. Filled with heart-wrenching personal stories, expert commentary, and helpful resources from patients, caregivers, psychologists, psychiatrists, volunteers and advocates, GILA offers a glimpse into a rarely seen or spoken-of world: the Malaysian mental health industry.

Mata Hati Kita: The Eyes Of Our HeartsMata Hati Kita: The Eyes Of Our Hearts by Angela M. Kuga Thas; Jac Sm Kee

Here are 24 stories that invite readers to witness the lives of lesbians, bisexual women and transexual people. These true stories speak of our shared struggles of being human, of loving, of living for oneself and of living for others. The realities of people who are non-conforming in their sexuality and gender identity are too often rendered invisible, and their voices silenced. This book attempts to change this, to help readers bear witness to 'the heart truth' of Malaysians.

Power Games: Political Blogging In Malaysian National ElectionsPower Games: Political Blogging In Malaysian National Elections by Han Foong Lian (Ed.)

The unprecedented results of the 2008 national elections took many Malaysians by surprise. The component parties of the ruling coalition suffered huge losses, while the opposition was victorious in several states. In the 2013 election the ruling party turned its spotlight on new media to try to regain voter support. In order to obtain a better understanding of the much-touted democratizing effects of the online media, this book employs an alternative lens to examine the use of new media at the intersection of social and political realities. It explores the ways individual political bloggers, Facebookers and Twitterers used cyberspace to battle for voter support in the 2008 and 2013 national elections. It examines the cultural practices and the social and political affiliation and aims of individual actors, as well as the social ties that subsequently emerged from the use of the online media. This research employs a political economy approach to the media, Habermass notion of the public sphere, and the social determinism perspective in order to understand the extent to which online media can enrich political life and bring about new ways of campaigning.

Alamak! Ii: Whither Integrity?Alamak! Ii: Whither Integrity? by K.J. John

This is a collection of Dr K.J. John's columns, which examines topical issues in Malaysian society.

Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting Imperatives For Equitable Public ExpenditureGender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting Imperatives For Equitable Public Expenditure by Ng, Cecilia (Ed.)

This unique book explores the exciting new democratic spaces that open up when budgets get participatory. The experiences of gender responsive budgeting meet the world of participatory budgeting, both of which have gained traction since the 1980s. The chapters bring together GRB and PB policy makers, practitioners, researchers and civil society actors to share and review their respective journeys. The book is a valuable contribution to current debates on re-thinking GRB and PB and the need to synergize both approaches to achieve gender equality, social justice and good governance.

Malaysian Islamic Party PAS 1951-2013, The: Islamism In A Mottled NationMalaysian Islamic Party PAS 1951-2013, The: Islamism In A Mottled Nation by Noor, Farish A.

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party happens to be one of the oldest and biggest political parties in Malaysia today. This is a work that recounts the constructed nature of PAS, as a party that has undergone several transformations - from a left-leaning anti-colonial party in the 1950s and 1960s, to a right-leaning communitarian party in the 1970s, to a party inspired by the Iranian revolution in the 1980s, to its present avatar as a pro-democracy party. It shows how PAS has evolved along a non-linear path, and was shaped by a host of internal and external variable factors that impacted upon Malaysia and its complex society.

Art-Led Participative Processes: Dialogue & Subjectivity Within Performances In The EverydayArt-Led Participative Processes: Dialogue & Subjectivity Within Performances In The Everyday by Koh, Jay

Art-Led Participative Processes encapsulate artist Jay Koh's public participative methodology, which emphasises agency, critical engagement, the ownership of actions and knowledge, the answerability of self to others, and a contribution to social change. It is the outcome and distillation of 24 years of a rigorous and reflexive practice and of rich experiences in social engagement with others, subjected to cross-disciplinary doctoral research at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. This book, condensed from Koh's thesis, offers ALPP as a viable, responsive and dynamic methodology for an inter-subjective participatory art practice that motivates and validates the independence of participants. This book discusses as case studies projects and activities that took place primarily in Myanmar and Ireland, with the inclusion of some activities in Mongolia.

Sea Is Ours, The: Tales Of Steampunk Southeast AsiaSea Is Ours, The: Tales Of Steampunk Southeast Asia by Goh, Jaymee; Joyce Chng (Eds.)

In this book, technological wonder merges with the everyday: children upgrade their fighting spiders with armour and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. The fantastic has always been part of our landscape: large fish lumber across the skies, aswang represent diwata to faraway diplomats, boat people find a new home on the edge of a different dimension. Technology and tradition meld as the people adapt to the changing forces of their world. Steampunk takes on Southeast Asia in this anthology, infused with the spirits of its diverse peoples, legends, and geography. Delving into local alternate histories, we will introduce you to a dynamic steampunk world quite different from the one you may be familiar with.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #02: Middle Eastern Influences In Malaysia - The Cases Of Isma, Irf And HtmTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #02: Middle Eastern Influences In Malaysia - The Cases Of Isma, Irf And Htm by Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid Et Al

Interaction between Muslims in Malaysia and their Middle Eastern brethren has consistently been a source of apprehension to the powers-that-be from colonial times till today. Islamist activism in Malaysia has indeed undergone changes, and these did indeed arise from contemporary Middle Eastern influences. But newer strands of Islamism influenced by developments in the Middle East have alarmed authorities. Newly formed Muslim organizations such as Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia, the Islamic Renaissance Front and Hizb at-Tahrir Malaysia are all found to have maintained strong Middle Eastern links, both at the discursive or organizational levels. All three movements in question have so far not displayed violent tendencies although their versions of Islamism exhibit varying degrees of ideological absolutism, distinguishing them markedly from the wave of Islamism that engulfed Malaysia in the 1980s.

Anything But The Law: Essays On Politics & EconomicsAnything But The Law: Essays On Politics & Economics by Thomas, Tommy

"With legal acumen and moral vision, Tommy Thomas presents a compelling narrative for a version of statehood that is inclusive and accountable…Thomas offers a riveting chronicle and judicious analysis of two contentious political issues - the bifurcation of Islamic state vs secularism and the social contract…The author laments that his foray into economics is with much trepidation; but he seems to be an advertent economist in his essays on unbridled US market capitalism and financial crisis. This might turn him into a 'public enemy' of the 'robber barons'" - Anwar Ibrahim, Former Deputy Prime Minister & Former Leader of the Opposition.

Abuse Of Power: Selected Works On The Law And ConstitutionAbuse Of Power: Selected Works On The Law And Constitution by Thomas, Tommy

"Amongst the select group of constitutional law advocates in Malaysia, Tommy Thomas ranks among the best - fearless, dedicated, committed and vocal in his decades-old pursuit to entrench respect for fundamental rights and liberties for the ordinary Malaysian…This timely collection of essays should be read by lawyers and non-lawyers alike for its valuable insights into important constitutional issues, and for the thinking jurist, it will serve as a beacon of conscience into what is right, correct and proper under the Constitution." - Dato' Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Retired Judge of the Court of Appeal.

Fourteen Miles To BerjuntaiFourteen Miles To Berjuntai by L.A. Vincent

When Usup and his father left home one day they hoped to come across some more of that famous Malayan tin, but what they didn't expect to find on their way was what would become the start of the biggest coal mine in Malaya. Fourteen Miles to Berjuntai tells the story of the changes around the sleepy town of Batang Berjuntai, with the arrival of coal mines, rubber estates, railway tracks, tin mines and paddy fields, through the eyes of those who lived and worked alongside this 14-mile track. It charts the journeys of workers as they braved the dangers of the sea to make a life in Malaya and found themselves in a new world, fighting mosquitoes in the swamps, tigers from the jungle, monsoons and the scourge of opium, to build themselves and their families a new home. Fourteen Miles to Berjuntai gives you a window into Malaya's past like never before.

Change Those Diapers, Boy! True Stories Of A Male Student NurseChange Those Diapers, Boy! True Stories Of A Male Student Nurse by Choo, Irwin

From the ICU to the psychiatric ward, student nurse Irwin Choo takes us on a journey into the world of nursing in a typical hospital in Penang, Malaysia. As a teenager, Irwin knew he wanted to be a nurse despite the objections from his family. With great determination, he persevered in following his heart and clinched a sponsorship for a three-year nursing course. This book is an honest and humorous account of one man's start in the nursing profession. Heartwarming and entertaining, it gives a good insight into the challenges faced by a male nurse in a predominantly female world.

Chinese Language Movement In Malaysia, 1952-1967, The: Language, Ethnicity And Nation-Building In A Plural SocietyChinese Language Movement In Malaysia, 1952-1967, The: Language, Ethnicity And Nation-Building In A Plural Society by Tan Yao Sua; Teoh Hooi See

The Chinese language movement in Malaysia was launched by Chinese educationists to demand the recognition of Chinese as an official language and to legitimise the status of Chinese education in the national educational system. In the process, the official language issue evolved into an ethnic issue that strained ethnic relations between the Chinese and the Malays with severe political implications. This work examines the politics of language in Malaysia during a crucial period when the nation-building process was in its formative stages. It focuses on the contrasting linguistic assertions of the Chinese educationists and the Malay nationalists as well as the attempt by the government to resolve these assertions through an accommodative approach. Language and ethnicity remain a relevant issue in contemporary Malaysia, especially when it involves the vernacular primary school system which has evoked intense ethnic contestation over its actual functional role in the nation-building process.

Prime Minister's Secret, ThePrime Minister's Secret, The by Jayaseela, Julian

Glamorous, strong-willed, and supported by a loving family, Rabiyah has been groomed all her life for a career in politics. She wants to win fair and square, but behind the scenes, strings have already been pulled in her favour. When it's her turn to make the rules, will she overhaul the system, or use it to her advantage? Junid grew up in the shadow of his father's imprisonment, and longs for a better Malaysia in which families won't suffer like his. When he discovers by chance what Rabiyah has kept hidden for two decades, he decides to take drastic action. Colourful, thrilling and written with great affection, The Prime Minister's Secret is a story about passion, money, corruption, the bonds of family, and the ends that people will go to for power - or freedom.