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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.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #10: The Indonesia National Survey Project: Economy, Society And PoliticsTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #10: The Indonesia National Survey Project: Economy, Society And Politics by Fossati, Diego; Hui Yew-Foong Et Al

The ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute commissioned a nationwide survey in Indonesia, called the Indonesia National Survey Project to enhance understanding of economic, social, and political developments in Indonesia. Some key issues that have emerged during the Jakarta gubernatorial election, such as punishing blasphemy against Islam and voting a Muslim leader into office, receive significantly high support from respondents, suggesting that these issues have currency beyond Jakarta and the election. On the political front, state institutions, especially the Army, are more highly trusted than politicians. Key elements of Indonesia's political infrastructure, such as democracy, Pancasila, and decentralization are supported by an overwhelming majority of respondents.

Minister Of Finance IncorporatedMinister Of Finance Incorporated by Gomez, Terence; T. Padmanabhan Et Al.

This is a study of Malaysia's new political economy, with a focus on ownership and control of the corporate sector. It offers a pioneering assessment of government-linked investment companies (GLICs), a type of state-owned institution that has long prevailed in the corporate sector but has not been analysed. Malaysia's history of government-business ties is unique, while the nature of the nexuses between the state and the corporate sector has undergone major transitions. Corporate power has shifted from the hands of foreign firms to the state to the ruling party, and well-connected businessmen, and back to the state. Corporate wealth is now heavily situated in the leading publicly-listed government-linked companies, controlled through block shareholdings by a mere seven GLICs under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Finance. To indicate why these GLICs are important actors in Corporate Malaysia, this study provides a deep assessment of their ownership and control of Bursa Malaysia's top 100 publicly-listed enterprises.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #09: Parti Amanah Negara In Johor: Birth, Challenges And ProspectsTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #09: Parti Amanah Negara In Johor: Birth, Challenges And Prospects by Wan Saiful Wan Jan

In 2015, a new party called Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) was formed following the departure of progressive Islamists from the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia, leaving the latter to be a party dominated by conservative Islamists. Much of the groundwork for the formation of Amanah took place in Malaysia's southern state of Johor. Working in the Pakatan Harapan national opposition coalition, Amanah is eyeing for around a third of the state legislative assembly seats in Johor. It has potential in constituencies with mixed-ethnicity voter demographics. Johor PAS is badly affected by the crossing over of a sizeable portion of their active members and leaders to Amanah. In the next election, it is likely that PAS will be decimated in the state if it refuses to partner with any other mainstream parties.

Taming Babel: Language In The Making Of MalaysiaTaming Babel: Language In The Making Of Malaysia by Leow, Rachel

Taming Babel sheds new light on the role of language in the making of modern postcolonial Asian nations. Focusing on one of the most linguistically diverse territories in the British Empire, Rachel Leow explores the profound anxieties generated by a century of struggles to govern the polyglot subjects of British Malaya and postcolonial Malaysia. The book ranges across a series of key moments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in which British and Asian actors wrought quiet battles in the realm of language: in textbooks and language classrooms; in dictionaries, grammars and orthographies; in propaganda and psychological warfare; and in the very planning of language itself. Every attempt to tame Chinese and Malay languages resulted in failures of translation, competence, and governance, exposing both the deep fragility of a monoglot state in polyglot milieux, and the essential untameable nature of languages in motion.

Those Were The DaysThose Were The Days by Jurgen Herbert Friele

Filled with joy, laughter and good memories, this collection comprises 50 short stories set in Malaysia during the 1950s to the 1970s. Carefully constructed and delivered with a lot of heart, these uplifting stories are still relatable today. Friele's lively narrative revolves around his colourful experiences. From the moment he arrived in Malaya, his eventful days were dotted with a host of sentimental, hilarious and crazy moments. The author's love for this magical era shines through, along with his in-depth observations and insights. With the author's unique voice interspersed with a myriad of emotions, this collection offers an unforgettable stroll down memory lane. There is also a pictorial supplement, with more than 100 photos and images from the author's personal collection covering the period from the late l940s to the l970s.

Sensational Seas Of SabahSensational Seas Of Sabah by Isley, Jason; Gilbert Woolley & Christian Loader

Sitting in the heart of the Coral Triangle, home to the world's greatest marine diversity, Sabah is a magnet for divers from around the world. Sensational Seas of Sabah captures the beauty, diversity and breathtaking experiences that attracts people to enjoy some of the world's best diving. Scubazoo will take you on a journey to reveal the amazing diversity of creatures such as the endangered green and hawksbill turtles, countless species of sharks, plus thousands of barracuda and jacks.

Best Of Chef Wan Volume 2: A Taste Of MalaysiaBest Of Chef Wan Volume 2: A Taste Of Malaysia by

In this companion volume to The Best of Chef Wan Volume 1, Malaysia's Culinary Ambassador and Asia's most recognisable chef, Chef Wan shares more than 60 recipes for some of his favourite Asian dishes that he has carefully perfected over the years. Recipes include classic Malaysian dishes such as Tok Wan Beef Rendang, Kam Heong Crab and Hokkien Mee, as well as regional specialties such as Chettinad Chicken and Prawn and Mango Salad. Written in an easy-to-follow format and with an illustrated glossary that highlights the ingredients used.

Best Of Chef Wan Volume 1: A Taste Of MalaysiaBest Of Chef Wan Volume 1: A Taste Of Malaysia by

Malaysia's Culinary Ambassador and Asia's most notable chef, Chef Wan shares more than 60 of his favourite Asian recipes in his book, The Best of Chef Wan Volume 1. In this exciting collection, Chef Wan combines the rich flavours of his Malay heritage with his passion for cooking, and presents a mouth-watering range of recipes from hearty meat and poultry dishes, to lighter fish and seafood dishes, and refreshing salads and vegetable dishes.

Tiger And The Leopardess, TheTiger And The Leopardess, The by Ho Khong Ming

An old tiger is on a hunt but is frustrated by his lack of success. Then he finds himself stalked by a leopard, a lesser, smaller and weaker animal, but his forbearance and benign character allows him to tolerate the leopard and the two animals develop a co-operative relationship. The Tiger and the Leopardess is about a time in Malaysia when life was more laid back and people were more preoccupied with the immediate world around them than with politics. So when a tiger attacks a boy out on a picnic, suddenly everybody feels the need to be involved in resolving the situation.

Debbie Teoh's Favourite RecipesDebbie Teoh's Favourite Recipes by Teoh, Debbie

Debbie Teoh's Favourite Recipes is a delightful collection of 42 mouth-watering recipes, each with a theme of hidden taste sensations from one of Malaysia's most well-loved Peranakan chefs. Classic items such as pot stickers, samosas and Vietnamese rice paper rolls, and Peranakan favourites such as pulut inti, sweet potato kuih ku and Nyonya lepat kacang, are included, while popular treats such as five-spice rolls, baked pau, rice dumplings and steamed meat dumplings are reinterpreted to offer exciting new variations.

Jungle Without Water And Other StoriesJungle Without Water And Other Stories by Sreedhevi Iyer

Jungle Without Water and Other Stories is a collection that crosses borders and boundaries. People in these stories inhabit different stages of movement - those who have emigrated, those who want to, and those who regret it. The stories also depict our human prejudices around how we move from place to place and culture to culture. In "The Lovely Village" citizens of an unnamed settlement build a strong wall to keep newcomers out. In "Circular Feed", refugees at a detention centre protest by standing on the roof of their living quarters. Alienation works across cultures, across boundaries of inequality. In "Green Grass" an inter-racial couple have a fight during their honeymoon in the husband's homeland, while in the title story, two migrant boys look for the right place to pray on foreign soil. Altogether, the collection touches on how we view and understand race, colour, love, and what happens to us when we shift our selves in different environments.

Dialog: Thoughts On Tunku's Timeless ThinkingDialog: Thoughts On Tunku's Timeless Thinking by

DIALOG is a major new anthology of Tunku Abdul Rahman's enduring wit and wisdom, and the response of contemporary Malaysians to it. From politicians to rappers, from young and old, from actors to academics, Tunku's thoughts, ideas and values continue to resonate, fascinate and illuminate. The book features: more than 20 individual essays in response to Tunku's quotes; previously untold anecdotes and recollections, plus rare and unseen photos; dozens of original illustrations by The One Academy, a leading art & design college; specially-composed tribute lyrics to Tunku by Altimet; a spice portrait of Tunku, made of spices used by all major Malaysian races; and the views of Malaysians aged 5 to 90 on Tunku's continuing relevance to Malaysia's future.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #03: Johor's Forest City Faces Critical ChallengesTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #03: Johor's Forest City Faces Critical Challenges by Serina Rahman

The Forest City project in Johor, Malaysia is part of a larger plan to elevate Johor to development success, similar to Shenzhen's evolution from Hong Kong's backwaters to being a modern metropolis. However the project was embroiled in controversy from the beginning. Sudden capital controls imposed by China on its citizens in early 2017 put a spanner in the works. Middle-class Chinese struggling to afford homes in China's big cities were Forest City's prime clientele and the new regulations preventing the transfer of funds for property purchase and the use of credit cards for investment transactions have brought future sales and the completion of signed commitments into question. Forest City will now have to focus on other markets in order to meet its sales targets. While the project has its merits, the economic benefits might be overstated as a number of socio-economic and environmental impacts have not been fully taken into account.

Once We Were There: A NovelOnce We Were There: A Novel by Chauly, Bernice

Journalist Delonix Regia chances upon the cultured and irresistible Omar amidst the upheaval of the Reformasi movement in Kuala Lumpur. As the city roils around them, they find solace in love, marriage, and then parenthood. But when their two-year-old daughter Alba is kidnapped, Del must confront the terrible secret of a city where babies are sold and girls trafficked. By turns heart-breaking and suspenseful, Once We Were There is a debut novel of profound insight. It is Bernice Chauly at her very best.

Reversal Of Verdict: Anwar Ibrahim Goes Back To PrisonReversal Of Verdict: Anwar Ibrahim Goes Back To Prison by Pawancheek Marican

In the 2013 General Election Anwar Ibrahim led Malaysia's opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, to win, for the first time, the majority of the popular vote, though not the majority of the parliamentary seats. Less than two years later, Anwar Ibrahim was incarcerated in Sungai Buloh prison on the charge of sodomy, the second time that he was convicted and imprisoned for such a similar offence since his sacking as Deputy Prime Minister in 1998. However, that first conviction was dismissed by the Federal Court in 2004. Lawyer and long-time commentator on Anwar's legal battles, Pawancheek Marican, explains the various appeals and applications for review to the country's highest courts made by Anwar against his latest conviction which saw him go from a free man to a prisoner of the Malaysian state. Based upon court transcripts and interviews with key figures of Anwar's legal team, Reversal of Verdict exposes the failures of due process and of legal thinking endemic in the trial, as well as critically assesses Malaysia's judicial system in an era of political conflict.

Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians (New And Expanded Edition)Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians (New And Expanded Edition) by Anas Alam Faizli

Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians grew out of the author's search for enlightening answers to Malaysia's problems as well as his wishes and proposals for a better Malaysia. It is his attempt to bring pressure upon decision makers and policy specialists, as well as to create awareness amongst the public of the need for solutions to the problems plaguing the country.

New & Correct Date Of The Terengganu Inscription, TheNew & Correct Date Of The Terengganu Inscription, The by Adam, Ahmat

The Terengganu Stone has generally been accepted as one of the oldest archaeological artifacts for evidence of the arrival of Islam to Malaysia, and Southeast Asia more generally. Since its discovery in 1887 the Terengganu inscription has drawn much interest from scholars of various disciplines. Yet in this volume Emeritus Professor Dr. Ahmat Adam argues that scholarship on the inscription has consistently misdated the stone and misrepresented its true content. Through philological and historical analysis he argues that the correct date of the inscription is not 702 H. or 1303 A.D but 708 H. or 1308 A.D and that the inscription also reveals the usage of a unique calendrical system in the early 14th century, alongside other clues to the nature of historical Malay society.

Liberal, Malay And Malaysian: Writings Of A Walking ContradictionLiberal, Malay And Malaysian: Writings Of A Walking Contradiction by Zan Azlee

For some people, to be Liberal, Malay and Malaysian is to be a walking contradiction, to be pulled in more directions than your body can take. If you're Malay you aren't supposed to be liberal and of course you must be a Malay before you're a Malaysian! Right? Not for Zan Azlee. Zan passionately argues for a Malaysian and a Malay identity which moves beyond identity politics, fatwas, censorship and moral policing and which allows individuals to be who they want to be. Covering themes of politics, race, religion and protest, Zan records a nation in turmoil, caught between activism and apathy and counters this with an honest and open assessment of Malaysian life.

Operation Nasi Kerabu: Finding Patani In An Islamic Insurgency (New Edition)Operation Nasi Kerabu: Finding Patani In An Islamic Insurgency (New Edition) by Zan Aslee

The news from Patani is like a movie: smoke, bombs, a near civil war. Yet just over our northern border, the people are Muslim, Bahasa-speaking, baju-wearing Malays, just like us. With this in mind, documentary-maker Zan Azlee set off to find the real Patani, trying to seperate the kedai kopi from the Humvees, the gunfights from the nasi kerabu. It's hard to make new friends and man a camera while looking over your shoulder for suicide bombers. But he was determined to ask the question: how do people live their lives in a warzone? With his resulting film banned for political reasons, this is Azlee's first chance to share what he found.