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Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, JohorTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #12: Beneath The Veneer - The Political Economy Of Housing In Iskandar Malaysia, Johor by Ng Keng Khoon & Guanie Lim

The rise of Iskandar Malaysia as a regional hub has profoundly altered the domestic landscape, generating a knock-on effect on Johor's housing development, both economically and politically. Housing policy and development in Johor, as illustrated in the formation of Iskandar Malaysia, is riddled with conflict along two dimensions bumiputra versus non-bumiputra and federal government versus state government. Given the importance of sub-national governments in many large-scale housing projects in Iskandar Malaysia, the changing political conditions urge us to rethink the long-standing practice of national-centric development policy in Malaysia. Taking housing as a point of departure, the timing is ripe to revisit the role of state government in policy-making and urban governance.

Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget?Birthday Book 2017, The: What Should We Never Forget? by Pakir, Sheila; Malminderjit Singh (Eds.)

An annual publication, The Birthday Book examines emerging challenges and opportunities for Singapore, based on a selected prompt. The number of writers each year matches Singapore's age-52 for 2017, 53 for 2018, and so on. This edition presents 52 responses to "What Should We Never Forget?" The contributors have drawn from personal encounters, academic and professional experiences, and cornerstone values in their lives. Read their stories for a glimpse of our nation's spirit-mortal, vulnerable, restless, resilient, and aspirational. What's your response?

10 Inspiring Fathers: Inspirational Stories Of Love And Sacrifice Of Everyday Fathers (In English And Malay)10 Inspiring Fathers: Inspirational Stories Of Love And Sacrifice Of Everyday Fathers (In English And Malay) by Sawi, Norman

10 Inspiring Fathers: Inspirational Stories of Love and Sacrifice of Everyday Fathers is a bilingual book containing 10 inspiring stories from fathers who, in their own unique ways, have made the lives of their children and those around them better. Written in both English and Malay, the book includes stories from everyday fathers as well as prominent members of the Singapore Malay community, such as former Cathay head honcho turned grassroots man Suhaimi Rafdi. It also showcases valuable insights from Singapore's Mufti, Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram. Through the stories of these 10 fathers, readers will gain a deeper understanding of fatherhood and learn lessons of perseverance, resilience and strength.

Ostrich, The Ah Long, The Con Woman, And The Creep Guy, The: The Story Of Crime Prevention In SingaporeOstrich, The Ah Long, The Con Woman, And The Creep Guy, The: The Story Of Crime Prevention In Singapore by Sim, Susan; Majeed Khader

Since the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) was first established in 1981, it has played a valuable role in keeping Singapore safe. Yet what exactly is crime prevention? What are the theories and behavioural insights that inform the island-wide, multi-platform campaigns rolled out by the NCPC? This fascinating and eminently-readable study of the art and science of crime prevention interrogates these questions, and more.

Who Cares? Thoughts About Caring For The Elderly In SingaporeWho Cares? Thoughts About Caring For The Elderly In Singapore by Lim, Kelvin

They are often mere statistics these days - the growing ranks of the elderly, whose care will be borne by ever fewer caregivers. But dive deeper into the people themselves and myriad stories emerge. Dreams, memories, fears, friendship, love, and loss. Photographer Kelvin Lim uses his remarkable visual storytelling abilities to explore the world of these old men and women, and the larger questions of an ageing population. The book also documents the responses of 70 viewers from all walks of life. Their opinions, recollections and musings triggered by the photos offer us a fascinating, multifaceted look at ageing, identity, and the challenges facing caregiving in Singapore.

Guilty As Charged: 25 Crimes That Have Shaken Singapore Since 1965Guilty As Charged: 25 Crimes That Have Shaken Singapore Since 1965 by Abdul Hafiz Abdul Samad (Ed.)

Murder. Dismemberment. A shooting. A stabbing. Cheating. Murder for gold bars. Murder for a Rolex. Murder. This book recounts 25 infamous crime cases that have taken place in Singapore since 1965. Some of the victims' names are still remembered today. Jenny Cheok, 22, killed by her apparently devoted boyfriend Sunny Ang during a diving trip near the Sisters' Islands. Nine-year-old Agnes Ng and 10-year-old Ghazali Marzuki, killed by self-styled medium Adrian Lim, his wife and his mistress. Huang Na, nine, murdered at the Pasir Panjang Wholesale centre by vegetable packer Took Leng How.

Citizens, Civil Society And Heritage-Making In AsiaCitizens, Civil Society And Heritage-Making In Asia by Hsiao Hsin-Huang, Michael; Yf Hui Et Al (Eds.)

This volume is based on papers from the second in a series of three conferences that deal with the multi-scalar processes of heritage-making, ranging from the local to the national and international levels, involving different players with different degrees of agency and interests. These players include citizens and civil society, the state, and international organizations and actors. The current volume focuses on the role of citizens and civil society in the politics of heritage-making, looking at how these players at the grass-roots level make sense of the past in the present. Who are these local players that seek to define the meaning of heritage in their everyday lives? How do they negotiate with the state, or contest the influence of the state, in determining what their heritage is? These and other questions will be taken up in various Asian contexts in this volume to foreground the local dynamics of heritage politics.

Nan Dao ZhiNan Dao Zhi by Chen Yanni & Zhang Jiajia (Eds.)

Nandao is a platform for discussion and sharing by the faculty and students from the Chinese, English, Physical and Mathematical Science, and Mechanical Engineering divisions of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Through discussions on Singaporean and Malaysian issues, Nandao strives to expand the intellectual horizon of university students, and motivate their social concerns and interventions. At the same time, Nandao aims to promote rational, plural and generous insights in terms of understanding differences, offences and discrepancies in society, and to search for the language of our own age. Nandao Zhi is a compilation of speeches and talks held by Nandao.

Ethnicities, Personalities And Politics In The Ethnic Chinese WorldsEthnicities, Personalities And Politics In The Ethnic Chinese Worlds by Yen Ching-Hwang

The rise of the economic power of the ethnic Chinese, known also as overseas Chinese, Chinese overseas or Chinese diaspora, was a late 20th century phenomenon. It was partly the result of the rise of the Four Little Asian Dragons in the 1970s, and was speeded up by the tempo of globalization towards the end of that century. This book explores the ethnic identity and boundary of the Chinese as minority groups in foreign lands, and as sub-groups among the Chinese themselves. It examines prominent personalities that had wielded considerable influence in the ethnic Chinese communities in the economic, social and educational arenas. It also discusses the type of politics that had impacted their relationship with their mother country - China. Containing 16 papers presented at various international conferences in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan as keynote speeches and research findings which are predominantly unpublished in English, this book provides fresh perspectives and re-interpretations on the issues of ethnicity, leadership and politics in the ethnic Chinese worlds.

Hdb Homes Of SingaporeHdb Homes Of Singapore by Miyauchi, Tomohisa; Keyakismos

Eitaro Ogawa and Tamae Iwasaki, with Japanese architect Tomohisa Miyauchi, started out focusing on artistically-renovated flats but later photographed flats that featured occupants hailing from "different races, different religions, different lifestyles, all kinds of age group", with every house they visited to be included in the book in chronological order. In total, they took 4,000 photos; 1,500 of them were selected to be in this book.

Development Of Malaysian Capitalism, The From British Rule To Present DayDevelopment Of Malaysian Capitalism, The From British Rule To Present Day 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.

Invincible: Stories Of Hope And Courage By Individuals With DisabilitiesInvincible: Stories Of Hope And Courage By Individuals With Disabilities by Wickremesooriya, Shalini F.

The book is a collection of stories that reflects the lives of disabled individuals across the globe. Each story is narrated by a courageous individual who refused to be defined and shaped by a label or a medical diagnosis. These individuals choose life and living instead of doom and gloom. They are not international superstars but are stars nevertheless because they valiantly defied limitations imposed on them despite the odds that were stacked against them. The stories are a gift of hope and inspiration to the countless number of individuals with disabilities. You too can overcome! The stories also carry a loving message to parents, care-givers, teachers, health professionals, neighbours, family and friends. Look beyond the disability and recognize the person who is struggling to emerge!

Civil Society And The State In SingaporeCivil Society And The State In Singapore by Soon, Carol; Gillian Koh (Eds.)

Set within the context of rising political pluralism among the citizenry, bold ground-up conflict between the governing and the governed, and increasing adoption of the Internet and new media, the Institute of Policy Studies organised a Civil Society Conference on 11 November 2013. This collection provides a nuanced analysis of Singapore civil society's development over more than a decade and combines insights from experts from different domains, and sets out an agenda for the further development. The first section discusses the different approaches and philosophies that underpin civil society - engagement, collaboration, and ideological tensions. The second section examines change agents - technology, people, and politics - and their impact on civil society. The third section explores the future of civil society, in the areas of the non-profit sector, civic education, youth activism, legislation, and finally, ethnicity. The book provides the state-of-play in the civil society landscape and this should be of interest to watchers of political development in a soft authoritarian polity making its transition towards greater democratisation.

Colours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore ElderlyColours Of Ageing: 30 Years Of Research On The Mental Health Of The Singapore Elderly by Kua Ee Heok

Ageing is not all grey. This book explores the minds of a generation who survived the Second World War and witnessed the dramatic rise of Singapore from third world to first. The 30 years of research on the mental health of the Singapore elderly is a tapestry of myriad colours of people from different ethnicities, cultures and social hierarchies. This book documents the social transformation of medical research, from epidemiological surveys to interventional studies of translational relevance, with the tagline "preventive medicine in the community by the community for the community". This book, a distillate of five epidemiological studies, is written from a longitudinal perspective, viewed through the lens of time by a doctor who conducted the research with his team. It will interest not only health professionals and policy makers but also the elderly, family caregivers and young people - just about everyone!

Heritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And PowerHeritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And Power by King, Ross

Using Thailand as a case study, Ross King examines the role of place in the formation of identity through memory. Employing the idea of French historian Pierre Nora that because we no longer live in environments of memory-places where the past is still vividly alive-we compensate by attaching ourselves to sites of memory, King explores whether Thailand offers an alternative vision, a place where modernity and heritage coexist. He looks closely at the myths of ancient Thai cities, the remaining royal palaces, historical monuments, small towns and villages, and the proliferating slums of Bangkok in order to create a unique and nuanced perspective of contemporary Thailand and its many ideas of Thai identity.

Asian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water WorldsAsian Port Cities: Uniting Lands And Water Worlds by Siddique, Sharon

Although the term "port city" has fallen out of favour, there are good reasons why it should be revived. Ports are reclaiming their role in the life of the city. A comparative study of some of Asia's port cities - Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tianjin, Tokyo, Jakarta and Johor Bahru (PTP) - demonstrate a complex, dynamic and symbiotic relationship between these ports and their cities. Port city form is dynamic and ever-changing. Twenty-first century Asian ports have expanded, constantly adapting to new technology, rapid growth trajectories, and the forces of globalization. Ports have shifted, moving from space adjacent to the city centre to the periphery. This, in turn, allows for the expansion of the waterfront, which is once more a focal point for people-oriented activities and displays. The vibrancy of the city centre is reflected in the exuberance of the high-rise buildings, plazas, malls and public spaces. Ports retain their traditional hinterlands, but for many, the hinterland has expanded to embrace the globe. The essence of twenty-first century Asian port city form is the uniting of land and water worlds.

Water Governance Dynamics In The Mekong RegionWater Governance Dynamics In The Mekong Region by Blake, David J.H.; Lisa Robins (Eds.)

The Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER) is a network of organizations and individuals collaborating to democratize water governance in the Mekong Region. Since 2006, M-POWER has developed and implemented a wide range of activities across Cambodia, southern China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. This final book in the series of books examining the work and achievements of the network brings us full circle. A decade on, it is far from obvious that the promises of democratization and improved public accountability are inevitable. The need for multi-disciplinary scholarship and constructive contestation remains.

Singapore Chronicles: LanguageSingapore Chronicles: Language by Kuo, Eddie C Y; Brenda Chan

Understanding language use is particularly challenging in a cosmopolitan city-state such as Singapore, with its multi-ethnic society that recognises four official languages - English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. This book reviews and discusses the changing language use patterns within Singapore society from Independence till today. It looks particularly at how they have been influenced by and, in turn, shape the state's language policies executed through education, language campaigns, mass media and so on. It also illustrates how language management by the Government is challenged by the emergence of colloquial forms such as Singlish, which is embraced by some citizens as uniquely Singaporean.

Singapore Chronicles: DemographySingapore Chronicles: Demography by Yap Mui Teng; Chrostopher Gee

Singapore's population is a veritable mix of nationalities, ethnic groups, languages and religious affiliations. Its unique trajectory of size and composition is mapped out by various phases of migration. There also has been a demographic transition from high birth and death rates in the post-World War II years to the very low birth and death rates today. This book traces trends and developments in Singapore's population from the pre-Independence period, when there was relatively little control over migration and fertility; through the period of population control from Independence to the 1980s; to the more expansionary years from the mid-1980s until recently.

Singapore Chronicles: Social ServicesSingapore Chronicles: Social Services by Ho Chi Tim; Ann Wee

This book presents a historical overview of personal social services in Singapore, known fundamentally as social welfare. The well-being of the Singapore nation is usually understood and presented in broad imperatives, such as defence and economy. In the colonial times, relatively less attention was paid to the significant everyday needs of Singaporeans at various stages in their lives, anticipated or otherwise. The post-colonial government had taken these matters seriously and over time addressed many issues of social welfare in a systematic and sustainable fashion. However, this is work in progress as social welfare is not a static concept and people are a static group.