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Red Bicycle, TheRed Bicycle, The 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: Economic Challenges, Difficult Decisions And The Malaysian EconomyMalaysia In Troubled Times: Economic 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.

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.

Presenting MalaysiaPresenting 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 PostcardsJohor: 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 2Horror 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 PartyEnd 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 CenturyMoving 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, TheMagic 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 MalaysiaSpirit 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 & ArchievesIsmail 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 SamadBlack 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 LightsAl-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.

Reunion At The Graveyard: A True Story Of A Lady Who Was Determined To Search For The Truth OfReunion At The Graveyard: A True Story Of A Lady Who Was Determined To Search For The Truth Of by Tan Ean Nee; Noraeni Mohamed; Tan Ean Nee

A true story of a lady who was determined to search for the truth of her origins.

Karpal Singh: True Malaysian (Special Commemorative Edition)Karpal Singh: True Malaysian (Special Commemorative Edition) by Loovi, Melissa

This book showcases more than a hundred photographs, many of them rare and unpublished. Readers can share Karpal Singh's photographic journey of life from his younger days during the post-World War II period, the pre-and post-Merdeka years, as well as his political activism from the early 1970s until today. This reprint edition of Karpal Singh: True Malaysian is published in commemoration of the first snniversary of his passing. It contains additional commemorative postcards, photographs from his funeral and a special poem dedication by his widow, Mdm Gurmit.

Ipoh When Tin Was King (Vol. 1 & 2)Ipoh When Tin Was King (Vol. 1 & 2) by Ho Tak Ming

In spite of being sidelined as an official town by the colonial government, Ipoh could still consider herself the most favoured of Malayan towns. For she had one thing in abundance - tin! Tin gave Ipoh more millionaires than any other Malayan town; it gave her confidence and vibrancy; it gave her a soul. This is the story of Ipoh's Golden Age, an era that is now shrouded in the mist of time, but which present-day Ipohites can take pride in and draw inspiration from.

This Law Of Ours And Other EssaysThis Law Of Ours And Other Essays by Muhamad Asad

The thesis propounded in this book is based on several essays published in the periodical Arafat, which the author wrote and edited in the 1940s. Arafat was a "one man's journal", a kind of journalistic monologue meant to clarify the great confusion prevailing in the Muslim Ummah as to the scope and the practical implications of Islamic Law. The aim of this book is to contribute something to a clarification of this fundamental issue confronting the world of Islam in this period of transition.

Phoenix Rising: Pioneering Chinese Women Of MalaysiaPhoenix Rising: Pioneering Chinese Women Of Malaysia by Ho Tak Ming

The book traces the history of Chinese women in Malaysia from the Baba-Nyonya or peranakan China community of Malacca in the 15th century, their spread to the other settlements of the Straits Settlements (Penang, Singapore), and the gradually increasing influx of women from China from the nineteenth century onwards as wives of the Chinese immigrants who had settled in the country, and to work as domestic servants, manual labourers and prostitutes to cater for the large numbers of mining coolies. Although Chinese women have had to struggle with various injustices throughout their history, their circumstances in British Malaya were different. Under the law they were the equal of men, but social conditions took some time to evolve to give them full equality. However, Chinese women became successful entrepreneurs through their own ability, and through education, many of them became distinguished professionals.

Glimpses Of Penang's PastGlimpses Of Penang's Past by Loh Wei Leng

Selected and introduction by Badriyah Haji Salleh and Loh Wei Leng, this selection of articles provide a bird's eye view of Penang's past. It covers broad themes such as the British imperial enterprise and the incorporation of their Southeast Asian settlement into the world economy as suppliers of raw materials and importers of western manufactures; the agency of local actors in the face of Anglo-Dutch rivalry; and the myriad consequences of imperialism - political, economic, social and cultural.

Are We Protected? Malaysian Defence UncoveredAre We Protected? Malaysian Defence Uncovered by Lam Choong Wah

The majority of the Malaysian public are not interested in national defence. For those who are interested, they will face another problem - limited information. This book aims to provide general information on Malaysia's defence sector to the layman-majority of Malaysia. Aside from that, this book also aims to increase defence knowledge among the public, paving a way for the creation of a civil defence monitoring mechanism.