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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.

Voices From The Rainforest: Testimonies Of A Threatened PeopleVoices From The Rainforest: Testimonies Of A Threatened People by Manser, Bruno

"The inhabitants of the rainforest must be allowed to speak for themselves," wrote Bruno Manser in 1992. Manser was careful to direct public attention to the plight of his adopted people, beleaguered by human rights abuses and the destruction of their home. This book tells the story of logging in Sarawak, its devastating effects on indigenous people, and government collusion with their suffering. It is a chronicle of injustice, brutality and resistance, recounted by Penan themselves, while Manser's illustrations bring the rainforest to life. This book is an essential record of the injustices suffered by the Penan in the 1980s and 1990s, and a reminder that the struggle is not over yet.

Malaysia's Malaysia's "Original People": Past, Present And Future Of The Orang Asli by Endicott, Kirk (Ed.)

This volume provides a comprehensive survey of current understandings of Malaysia's Orang Asli communities, covering their origins and history, cultural similarities and differences, and they ways they are responding to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing world. The authors, a distinguished group of Malaysian and international scholars with expertise in anthropology, archaeology, biology, education, therapy, geography and law, also show the importance of Orang Asli studies for the anthropological understanding of small-scale indigenous societies in general.

Penang Chinese Commerce In The 19Th Century: The Rise And Fall Of The Big FivePenang Chinese Commerce In The 19Th Century: The Rise And Fall Of The Big Five by Wong Yee Tuan

The story of Penang would be incomplete without the Big Five Hokkien families - the Khoo, the Cheah, the Yeoh, the Lim, and the Tan. It was the Big Five who played a preponderant role not only in transforming Penang into a regional entrepot and a business and financial base, but also in reconfiguring maritime trading patterns and the business orientation of the region in the nineteenth century. Departing from the colonial vantage point, this book examines a web of transnational, hybrid and fluid networks of the Big Five comprising of family relationship, sworn brotherhood, political alliance and business partnerships, which linked Penang and its surrounding states together to form one economically unified geographical region, having inextricable links to China and India.

Drifting Into Politics: The Unfinished Memoirs Of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul RahmanDrifting Into Politics: The Unfinished Memoirs Of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman by Tawfik Ismail & Ooi Kee Beng (Eds.)

Written from a first person point of view based on his personal writings, this book offers insights into the reasons the author left the medical profession to join politics at the persuasion of Tunku Abdul Rahman. Ismail's writings provides the reader with interesting background of the events and subtle negotiations leading to Malaya's independence in 1957.

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.