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 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 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 Everyday by Goh, 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.
Sea 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 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 & 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 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 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.
Chinese 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, 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.
Breaking The Silence: Voices Of Moderation - Islam In A Constitutional Democracy by G25 Malaysia
On 7 December 2014, a group of 25 prominent Malays issued an open call for moderate Malays and Muslims to speak out against the hate speeches targeted at non-Muslims by supremacist groups. They stressed that the extremist and intolerant voices do not speak for the general Muslim community, and they called for a review of Shariah law and civil law to be in line with the supremacy of the Federal Constitution. In this important volume, 22 leading academics, lawyers and social activists discuss the impact of Islamic bureaucracy in Malaysia and its consistency with the provisions of the Federal Constitution. They also address the socio-political dimensions and cultural-economic implications on Malaysian society.
Dancing On Thin Ice by Mahathir, Marina
Marina Mahathir continues to make her mark as a community leader, writer and outspoken commentator on social and political affairs. For more than 20 years, she has written an insightful and provocative column which is published fortnightly in The Star newspaper. Dancing On Thin Ice is the third compilation of these columns. Marina draws attention to the many dangers faced by Malaysia and raises and addresses issues that concern her and her fellow citizens. Along the way she recalls conversations with Nelson Mandela, proposes that Masjid Negara twin with St John's Cathedral, applauds the Malaysians who aid orphans of other faiths and admits to feeling like Alice in Wonderland.
Voices 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 "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 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 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 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 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) 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.