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Views From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy PerspectivesViews From Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism And Policy Perspectives by Ahmad Murad Merican; Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk

Views from Pulau Pinang brings together the writings of members of the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, with the aim of providing critical and alternative perspectives at the nexus between academia and policy discourse. Relating back to the history and intellectual traditions of Pulau Pinang it seeks to situate themes of knowledge production and social science research within a geographic space which has itself long been subject to forces of orientalism, colonisation, modernisation, developmentalism, globalisation, nationalism and intellectual captivity, but also forces of decolonisation, anti-orientalism and localism. It explores these forces in the context of nation-building, development and education, calling for new approaches to urbanization and the relationship between the city and kampung, the university system and the digital revolution, and the nation-state and governance.

Regime Resilience In Malaysia And SingaporeRegime Resilience In Malaysia And Singapore by Lopez, Greg; Bridget Welsh

Prominent scholars across the political divide and academic disciplines analyse how the dominant political parties in Malaysia and Singapore, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and the People's Action Party (PAP), have stayed in power. With a focus on developments in the last decade and the tenures of Prime Ministers Najib Tun Razak and Lee Hsien Loong, the authors offer a range of explanations for how these regimes have remained politically resilient.

Red Star Over The Third WorldRed Star Over The Third World by Prashad, Vijay

From Cuba to Vietnam, from China to South Africa, the October Revolution remains as an inspiration. After all, that Revolution proved that the working class and the peasantry could not only overthrow an autocratic government but that it could form its own government, in its image. It proved decisively that the working class and the peasantry could be allied. It proved as well the necessity of a vanguard party that was open to spontaneous currents of unrest, but which could guide a revolution to completion. This book explains the power of the October Revolution for the Third World. It is not a comprehensive study, but a small book with a large hope - that a new generation will come to see the importance of this revolution for the working class and peasantry in that part of the world that suffered under the heel of colonial domination.

Diplomatically Speaking: Dispatches From The Best Democracy We Never HadDiplomatically Speaking: Dispatches From The Best Democracy We Never Had by Ignatius, Dennis J.

A career diplomat, Dennis Ignatius served in London, Beijing and Washington before being appointed Malaysia's Ambassador to Chile. He was subsequently appointed Ambassador to Argentina and then High Commissioner to Canada. Upon his retirement from the foreign service, he took to writing on politics and international affairs as a columnist for a major national daily. He now writes regularly for independent news portals and has been interviewed on current affairs by local and foreign media. His main areas of interest are democracy, human rights and foreign policy.

Beyond Romance: Fieldwork In SarawakBeyond Romance: Fieldwork In Sarawak by

This volume offers a collection of fieldwork stories written through the lens of sociologists, historians and anthropologists who have made the people, cultures and environment of Sarawak their field of study. Fieldwork is, they have found, never a straightforward task of collecting data, it is about establishing a relationship with the people and their surroundings and learning to live in different worlds. Bringing together fieldwork memoirs, short essays, journal entries and letters, this book also offers an insight into the history and culture of Sarawak from the eyes of its researchers, covering the 'lost tribes' in resettlement schemes, Kelabit child rearing, the biography of a Hakka civil servant and the Tua Pek Kong temples of Sarawak.

UnapologeticUnapologetic by Boo Su-Lyn

Unapologetic is Boo Su-Lyn's bold vision for how Malaysians can build a nation of equals. While young Malaysia continues to search for her identity, Boo sets out some ideas on how we can make the land prosperous, not by avoiding uncomfortable truths, but by confronting them together and giving up all of our selfish privileges for the good of the nation. Unapologetic outlines Boo's plans if she were Prime Minister and contains several new essays, besides her columns at Malay Mail on various issues from sex and marriage to race, religion and democracy. Full of optimism, Unapologetic inspires a spark of hope for a radically new and brilliant future.

Island Life: A Natural History Of Pulau Tengah, Johor, MalaysiaIsland Life: A Natural History Of Pulau Tengah, Johor, Malaysia by Wu, Daven (Ed.)

Set in the protected Johor Marine Park, Pulau Tengah is three kilometres in circumference with an elevation of 150m at its highest point. Though just sixteen kilometres from the fishing town of Mersing, Johor, and 140km from Singapore, the island ticks every fantasy of an uninhabited paradise island. The beaches that encircle most of the island attract Green and Hawksbill turtles that land to lay their eggs from March to October. The translucent waters that surround the island are home to both coral reefs and meadows of sea grass which in themselves house rich marine life. This book sets out to document and share a broad overview of the natural history of Pulau Tengah. It is a dedication to the work of Batu Batu's staff and the various experts and nature lovers who have visited the island and contributed a little to its preservation.

Excavations, Interrogations, Krishen Jit & Contemporary Malaysian Theatre by Rajendran, Charlene; K. Takiguchi Et Al

This book recounts the interventions and interactions of Malaysian theatre doyen and arts leader Krishen Jit (1939-2005). Best known for his cross-disciplinary takes on the avant garde and unflinching engagement with the differences and ruptures of multicultural identity, Krishen saw theatre's critical function as inseparable from daily life. A touching and insightful dedication from fourteen arts professionals, Excavations combines personal narratives and critical analyses to shed light on Krishen's process, character, and lasting impact in contemporary theatre practice. This richly illustrated collection traverses writings and conversations, and even serves up some homemade caramelised carrots, in its exploration of Krishen's professional and personal legacy.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #10: Ge14: Will Urban Malays Support Pakatan Harapan?Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #10: Ge14: Will Urban Malays Support Pakatan Harapan? by Wan Saiful Wan Jan

In Malaysia's last general election, urban voters tended to support the opposition coalition. However, most of these seats have a mixed demography, with a high percentage of ethnic Chinese voters. In the upcoming general election, Pakatan has a good chance of winning the federal government if Malay voters join their Chinese counterparts in supporting the opposition coalition. A subsequent so-called "Malay tsunami" could lead to a Pakatan victory. This present study, which is based on a series of focus group discussions held in the Malaysian states of Kedah and Johor, finds that urban Malay voters are very unhappy with the economic condition of the country and are also worried about corruption. But despite their grouses, they are still uncertain about supporting the opposition coalition due to the fear of losing the race-based privileges they enjoy as ethnic Malays.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #09: Malaysia's General Elections 2018: Understanding The Rural VoteTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #09: Malaysia's General Elections 2018: Understanding The Rural Vote by Serina Rahman

This study was carried out in Johor and Kedah through a combination of focus groups, formal and informal interviews and long-term ethnographic participant observation. The study shows that the rural vote is not homogeneous; views and perceptions that could lead to electoral action differs between regions, ages and genders. Daily survival and rising costs of living are the key common issues that were raised across all regions. The importance of Malay rights and the priority of Islam are also important to the rural voter. Younger voters might be open to the idea of a new government, but they need to overcome community and family pressure to break away from generational practices of voting for Barisan Nasional. Some rural voters feel that they gain no benefits from having either side of the political divide in power. While these voters generally do not see the point of voting, a last-minute decision to vote may go the way of the party that provides them with immediate gains.

People's History Of Malaysia, A: With Emphasis On The Development Of NationalismPeople's History Of Malaysia, A: With Emphasis On The Development Of Nationalism by Syed Husin Ali

This book presents a brief people's history of Malaysia (formerly Malaya). Its approach is different from that which is often regarded as Official History because it focuses upon the process of making history from below, through the contribution of everyday people to the history of Malaya and Malaysia, and is written in a popular and not academic style. In focusing on the contribution of the people to the making of history, this book chronicles the development of nationalism and the rise of mass-based politics and people's independence movements alongside movements related to workers, women, students and indigenous peoples in the formation of a Malaysian nation state.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To OvercomeTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #04: Educity, Johor - A Promising Project With Multiple Challenges To Overcome by Wan Chang-Da & Benedict Weerasena

EduCity, built as an integrated learning hub, is a constituent part of Malaysia's general programme to enhance its reputation as a regional centre for higher education. Located in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, its proximity to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur provides it with a large population of potential students, although attracting academic staff to work there remains a challenge. Other challenges that EduCity faces revolve around the provision of facilities and support services, coordination of courses on offer, and coordination between the entity that runs the site and the universities.

Sutan Puasa, Founder Of Kuala LumpurSutan Puasa, Founder Of Kuala Lumpur by Abdur-Razzaq Lubis

Who was the founder of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia? Textbook history credits the Bugis chief of Klang, Raja Abdullah, while the Chinese regard the third Kapitan China, Yap Ah Loy, as the legendary founder. But closer examination reveals that the founding myths of Kuala Lumpur have omitted the earliest chapter of the city's history. 'Pangkalan Lumpur' was a Mandailing trading post at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, controlling the land and river routes of the upper Klang valley. Due to the visionary leadership of Sutan Puasa, it developed into a multicultural town, attracting Sumatran and Hakka Chinese miners and traders. Later, war destruction, disorder and debt paved the way for British colonial intervention into Selangor in 1874. Kuala Lumpur's strategic location as the trading hub of a rich tin mining interior destined it to become the capital - first, of Selangor, then of the Federated Malay States, and finally, of Malaysia itself.

Unsung Patriot: Memoirs Of Wong Pow NeeUnsung Patriot: Memoirs Of Wong Pow Nee by Wong Tet Phin, Peter; Koay Su Lyn

Unsung Patriot: Memoirs of Wong Pow Nee is a record of Pow Nee's impeccable journey in writing national history - rising from humble beginnings as a farmer and school teacher to public office as the first Chief Minister of Penang from 1957 to 1969. Apart from rare insights and accounts of Pow Nee's early services and personal life, this book seeks to fill in the gaps of Penang's post-independence developmental history, while highlighting Pow Nee's personal struggles and major contributions during his turbulent tenure as Chief Minister.

Media And Elections: Democratic Transition In MalaysiaMedia And Elections: Democratic Transition In Malaysia by Gomez, James; Mustafa K. Anuar & Y. B. Lee (Eds.)

This book examines the central role of the media in Malaysian electoral contests. The book unpacks how a potent mix of regulation and crony media ownership in Malaysia has created a mainstream media that is biased towards the ruling regime, especially during elections. Drawing from research into how the different media tried to impact voter behaviour during the 13th General Election, the authors in this volume forecast that the online landscape is where the communications contest will play out in the 14th General Election. In the run up to the next general election, political opinion continues to be polarised over social media in Malaysia. This has prompted the government to legislate the online space which has in turn implications for freedom of expression. This book is highly recommended to academics, analysts, civil society activists, commentators, election candidates, journalists, media owners, voters and all others interested in freedom of expression and online electoral communications is Malaysia.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #02: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia In Johor - New Party, Big ResponsibilityTrends In Southeast Asia 2018 #02: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia In Johor - New Party, Big Responsibility by Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) was officially launched on 14 January 2017, led by prominent personalities including former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Identity politics is a major hurdle for PPBM. The presence of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in the Pakatan Harapan coalition - of which PPBM is a member - is a hurdle in attracting Malay support. Among Malay voters, DAP is perceived as a threat to Malay privileges. At the same time, PPBM leaders in Johor believe that their contribution towards the coalition is not yet fully recognized by their coalition partners who insist that PPBM contests only in constituencies with a large Malay population. Areas with a high percentage of Malay voters are difficult for PPBM to win because UMNO tends to enjoy huge support in such constituencies, and PPBM leaders argue that they deserve more mixed seats to run in as well. Winning Johor, or some other state, is crucial for PPBM. Should the coalition fail to win at the federal level, PPBM will need a base to avoid disintegration.

Colonial Penang 1786-1957Colonial Penang 1786-1957 by Barber, Andrew

This book is the result of a dilemma; whether or not to publish second editions of two earlier books, Penang under the East India Company 1786-1857 and Penang at War 1914-1946. Between the two, and with some fresh components, a useful overview of the British colonial engagement with Penang from beginning to end was feasible. The new book also began to develop its own dynamic- particularly for those new subjects such as the Brown family, demographics and opium, that transcended the years of British control. Thus this book is a hybrid, born of earlier work, with a uniqueness and integrity of its own. This is a book about the colonial era written from a British perspective.

Penang And Its Networks Of KnowledgePenang And Its Networks Of Knowledge by Zabielskis, Peter; Yeoh Seng Guan Et Al (Eds.)

This volume brings together the work of 11 distinguished scholars in efforts to recover and preserve cultural-historical knowledge embedded in the fabric of the city of George Town and articulate the significance and reach of the global connections created in Penang's island capital. The essays contained within this volume explore a diverse range of cultural intersections of knowledge and ideas, from the broad geographical scope of Penang's newspapers, to the dissemination of religious ideology, to the modern iterations of waqf. Eschewing a more traditional, nationally oriented framework of history, each tells the story of Penang through an outward-looking lens - an approach more suited to a cosmopolitan port city with far-reaching links to the world. Through this lens, Penang's role as a nexus of both networks of knowledge and trading diasporas becomes abundantly clear.

Redoubtable Reformer: The Life And Times Of Cheah Cheang LimRedoubtable Reformer: The Life And Times Of Cheah Cheang Lim by Cooray, Francis; Khoo Salma Nasution

Growing up during the era of British colonial expansion in Malaya, Cheah Cheang Lim believed that economic progress should yield the fruit and flower of social progress. Cheah became an owner of tin mines and rubber plantations. He endowed the Perak Maternity Hospital and provided leadership to the Hokkien community in Cantonese-speaking Ipoh. A federal councillor for two terms, he lobbied for the restoration of the Queen's Scholarship, calling upon the British Empire to live up to its promises. The gift of an unpublished c. 1935 manuscript about this man s life, authored by Francis Cooray, a Ceylonese journalist with the Malay Mail, prompted Khoo Salma Nasution to write about Cheah in the context of his times. She has compiled a wealth of material, including speeches, letters and family photographs, to present a vivid impression of this gentleman capitalist on the edge of empire a Malayan patriot who contributed eagerly to social improvement in Perak, looked to England and China for inspiration, but considered Penang his true home.

Challenging Malaysia's Status QuoChallenging Malaysia's Status Quo by Lim Teck Ghee

History professor, consumer advocate, policy analyst and public intellectual par excellence Dr Lim Teck Ghee has put together this important collection of critical essays on the existential crisis of the Malaysian nation today. Through these essays, Dr Lim systematically exposes the poor state of governance in the Malaysian state and the flaws of its past and current policies. His pointed analyses of how and why we must change ineffectual and moribund policies is essential reading for academicians, politicians and activists. - Johan Saravanamuttu, Adjunct Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.