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May 9: People Power Saves Malaysia - Mahathir Leads The WayMay 9: People Power Saves Malaysia - Mahathir Leads The Way by Krishnamoorthy, M.

May 9 was a significant day for all Malaysians. It heralded a new landscape - economic, social and political - for the citizens. This book is a fascinating read that is retold through the inner stirrings of a young boy, an unfortunate victim of a "business as usual" corrupt system that poses a serious threat to the nation's economy. In the face of rising costs and unemployment, the boy yearned for a change. Will tomorrow ever come? By sharing glimpses from the innocent lenses of a child, the author has painted a stark contrast of childlike simplicity with the world of grown-ups that is consumed by greed and glittering gems. It captures the journey of a nation that has witnessed the most dramatic trajectories of greed and power.

Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, And The Malaysian StateConstituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, And The Malaysian State by Moustafa, Tamir

Most Muslim-majority countries have legal systems that enshrine both Islam and liberal rights. While not necessarily at odds, these dual commitments nonetheless provide legal and symbolic resources for activists to advance contending visions for their states and societies. Using the case study of Malaysia, Constituting Religion examines how these legal arrangements enable litigation and feed the construction of a 'rights-versus-rites binary' in law, politics, and the popular imagination. By drawing on extensive primary source material and tracing controversial cases from the court of law to the court of public opinion, this study theorizes the 'judicialization of religion' and the radiating effects of courts on popular legal and religious consciousness. The book documents how legal institutions catalyze ideological struggles, which stand to redefine the nation and its politics. Probing the links between legal pluralism, social movements, secularism, and political Islamism, Constituting Religion sheds new light on the confluence of law, religion, politics, and society.

Authoritarian Capitalism: Sovereign Wealth Funds And State-Owned Enterprises In East Asia And BeyondAuthoritarian Capitalism: Sovereign Wealth Funds And State-Owned Enterprises In East Asia And Beyond by Moustafa, Tamir

Since 1945, the liberal-democratic model of capitalism spread across the globe, ultimately prevailing over communism. Over the past two decades, a new statist-authoritarian model has begun diffusing across East Asia. Rather than rejecting capitalism, authoritarian leaders harness it to uphold their rule. Based on extensive research of East Asia's largest corporations and sovereign wealth funds, this book argues that the most aggressive version of this model does not belong to China. Rather, it can be found in Malaysia and Singapore. Although these countries are small, the implications are profound because one-third of all countries in the world possess the same type of regime. With an increasing number of these authoritarian regimes establishing sovereign wealth funds, their ability to intervene in the corporate sectors of other countries is rapidly expanding.

Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments In Global FinanceBeyond Debt: Islamic Experiments In Global Finance by Rudnyckyj, Daromir

Recent economic crises have made the centrality of debt, and the instability it creates, increasingly apparent. This realization has led to cries for change-yet there is little popular awareness of possible alternatives. Beyond Debt describes efforts to create a transnational economy free of debt. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Malaysia, Daromir Rudnyckyj illustrates how the state, led by the central bank, seeks to make the country's capital Kuala Lumpur "the New York of the Muslim world"-the central node of global financial activity conducted in accordance with Islam. Rudnyckyj shows how Islamic financial experts have undertaken ambitious experiments to create more stable economies and stronger social solidarities by facilitating risk- and profit-sharing, enhanced entrepreneurial skills, and more collaborative economic action.

Latiff Mohidin: Langkawi 1976-1980Latiff Mohidin: Langkawi 1976-1980 by

This book is published to commemorate the first exhibition of the Latiff Mohidin's sculptural paintings after 40 years. The exhibition was titled LANGKAWI (1976 -1980) by Latiff Mohidin, From the Studio Series and curated by Khairuddin Hori. It was presented as part of DISINI Festival 2018 at Block 9, #03-21, Gillman Barracks from 23 June to 22 July 2018.

End Of Umno?, The: Essay On Malaysia's Former Dominant Party (New And Expanded Post-Ge14 Ed.)End Of Umno?, The: Essay On Malaysia's Former Dominant Party (New And Expanded Post-Ge14 Ed.) by Welsh, Bridget (Ed.)

What is the future of Malaysia's former dominant party, the United Malays National Organisation or UMNO? With the loss of government in the May 2018 General Election (GE14) after 61 years in government, the party faces a different, more uncertain future. It is grappling with its new role in the national political opposition and continued questions about the leadership of former prime minister Najib Tun Razak. This collection is an expanded edition of the original 2016, The End of UMNO? It includes the original five essays (including the foreword by current Foreign Minister in the Pakatan Harapan government and former UMNO Supreme Council member Saifuddin Abdullah), as well as new post-GE14 epilogue essays by each of the contributors - John Funston, Clive Kessler, James Chin and Bridget Welsh, all prominent and established scholars studying Malaysian politics. It also includes a new foreword by veteran UMNO leader, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who contested for the party presidency in the June 2018 party elections. The contributors in this collection study developments in Malaysia's dominant party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and discuss the question of whether UMNO is in fact at an end.

Hantu Macabre: A Suzanna Sim Paranormal Crime MysteryHantu Macabre: A Suzanna Sim Paranormal Crime Mystery by Girardi, Jill

Beloved Malaysian actress Annabelle Shek is found dead, her body was decapitated and dismembered. Annabelle is the first of many such victims. Every three months, another woman is found murdered in the same way, and it becomes apparent that these killings are part of a sacrificial ritual. Enter Suzanna Sim - a hard-boiled, tattooed punk rocker forced to grow up on the streets of George Town, Penang when she was orphaned at a young age. She's the owner of a private investigation firm that specializes in black magic and occult crimes. She solves these cases with the help of her supernatural partner: a toyol named Tokek.

People's Victory, The: How Malaysians Saved Their CountryPeople's Victory, The: How Malaysians Saved Their Country by Kee Thuan Chye

This book tells the epic story of how Malaysians took responsibility for their country and struggled against the odds to change their government. Of how a 92-year-old former prime minister who had been an enemy of the Opposition for decades crossed over to join forces with the very man he had sent to jail 20 years earlier, and led the charge to topple the party he once loved. Starting with the outcome of the 13th general election in 2013 and then moving through five years of drama, surprises, ironies and twists to the climactic 14th general election of 9 May 2018, the narrative grows from despair to hope to euphoria.

Anatomy Of An Electoral TsunamiAnatomy Of An Electoral Tsunami by Lim Teck Ghee; S. Thayaparan; Terence Netto

This is a collection of articles by three of Malaysia's most prolific and respected political commentators on the forces which created the historic GE14 result in 2018.

Bekwoh: Stories & Recipes From Peninsular Malaysia's East CoastBekwoh: Stories & Recipes From Peninsular Malaysia's East Coast by Koh, Bryan

In his third book, Bryan turns his attention to the food of the Malaysian Peninsula's east coast, comprising the states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. Researched and written over the span of two years, Bekwoh is a journey, from the fishing villages of Terengganu where keropok lekor is made, to Kota Bharu's famous central market with its giddying selection of kuih (local snacks), from the border town of Tumpat for khao jam to the lemang and rendang shacks in Pahang. It also touches on the daily and festive foods of the Peranakan Chinese communities in Kelantan and Terengganu. Essentially an East Coast term for vast cooking vessels, Bekwoh suggests abundance, big-heartedness and merriment, and that is what Bryan serves up, with a collection of over 100 recipes.

Chinese Clans In Penang: A Concise History (Volume 1)Chinese Clans In Penang: A Concise History (Volume 1) by Penang Chinese Clan Council (Malaysia)

Among the Chinese living in the state of Penang in Malaysia, many of them originated from the same clan sharing the same ancestry. In order to make a living, they cooperated in the spirit of unity to strengthen their powers. For 200 years, they gradually founded more than 170 ancestral organisations, the highest number of ancestral organizations among other Malaysian states. Chinese Clans in Penang: A Concise History (Volume 1) is a book with chapters on how Chinese forefathers landed and settled in Penang, where they sought a livelihood and considered their home ever since. Under the lens of the same camera and descriptions, this book presents accounts pertaining to the perseverance, selfless commitment and sacrifice of the forefathers in providing welfare to their clansmen. This colossal book covers over 100 clan houses complete with beautiful interior and exterior photographs, location maps, clan histories and origins of surname. Texts in Chinese and English.

Colonial Architectural Heritage Of MalaysiaColonial Architectural Heritage Of Malaysia by Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi

The presence of the English Colonialist brought many important changes in Malaysia and the most glaring and obvious of all are the language of buildings and planning of towns.The English had brought their great ideas of humanistic living through their cultivation of the towns with public squares, streets, and nooks and crannies that create a more humane modern living condition.

Blurring Boundaries: The Chindian Identity QuestBlurring Boundaries: The Chindian Identity Quest by Chandran, Rona

The results of a fascinating study of one of Malaysia's many forgotten minorities, the Chindians, descendants of Chinese and Indian ancestors. As with many of mixed race, both the Chindians and the society in which they live and which they support struggle with trying to pigeon hole them. The book looks at various aspects of identity including ethnicity. language, religion and family.112 pages with a bibliography, index and figures and tables.

Catharsis: A Second Chance For Democracy In MalaysiaCatharsis: A Second Chance For Democracy In Malaysia by Ooi Kee Beng

Malaysia pulled itself back from the brink on 9 May 2018. That day the majority of its voting population decided to topple the Barisan Nasional government that had been in power for over 60 years and that had come to be seen as corrupt beyond redemption, and incompetent to boot. Lined up against the unpopular administration of Najib Razak was a coalition led by former strongman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who at the age of 92 had decided to return to Malaysian politics to stop the rot which many believed had begun during his earlier period in power, in 1981-2003. As the oldest prime minister in world history, he is now setting about creating structure that he believes will lead to a Malaysia that will achieve the Vision 2020 that he first propounded in 1991. This compilation of insightful analyses is Ooi Kee Beng's seventh, and discusses key events from the last five years leading up to 9 May 2018 and beyond. These seven books together cover the strange period we may come to know as the Inter-Mahathir Era, and the present volume discusses some of the challenges facing the new government, and the Malaysian population in general, now that the Barisan Nasional has imploded.

Genus Schefflera In Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, TheGenus Schefflera In Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, The by Aida Shafreena Ahmad Puad, D. G. Frodin Et Al

This beautiful book describes 32 Schefflera taxa, including 29 species, from the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Bomeo. Prior to this work, only seven species of Schef?era in Sabah had published names and none had been described from the state in the last 100 years. Thus this treatment provides a long overdue contribution to our understanding of the genus, in particular, and the Sabah flora, in general. Beyond including an enumeration of the species of Schefflera in Sabah, introductory material on both the history and systematics of the genus and natural history of Sabah is provided. Numerous photographic images and line drawings are provided to illustrate the taxa and their distinguishing characteristics. In addition, distribution maps document the occurrence of each species and variety. This account will be an invaluable addition to botanical libraries and aid to herbarium curators worldwide with an interest in Schefflera from Bomeo.

Regime Change In Malaysia: Ge14 And The End Of Umno-Bn's 60-Year RuleRegime Change In Malaysia: Ge14 And The End Of Umno-Bn's 60-Year Rule by Loh, Francis; Anil Netto (Eds.)

This book is a collection of 40-plus essays by 30-plus Malaysians about GE14 on 9 May 2018. It is a record of an unprecedented defeat of the UMNO-BN government, in power since 1957, and its replacement by Pakatan Harapan, a newly formed coalition. These essays discuss the major election issues, the principal actors, the campaign, the results and where we might be headed in the next decade. Regardless of the specifics, GE14 has ushered in Regime Change. We are witnessing change that goes beyond the displacement of one government by another as occurs when a different party takes over in western liberal democracies. Regime Change is more than that in at least three aspects: first, there are changes in the make-up of the socio-economic alliance that is backing up the new government; second, we see changes in the major political institutions, as in the whittling down of the humongous Prime Minister's Department and impending reform of some others like the MACC, the SPR and the civil service, and the replacement of self-serving, inefficient top personnel; and third, the adoption of new policies in public transport, education, labour and welfare concerns or disaster management - which are hopefully more pro-people and less wasteful of resources compared to previous policies.

Rising Moon, The: Political Change In Sarawak, 1959-1972Rising Moon, The: Political Change In Sarawak, 1959-1972 by Leigh, Michael

The Rising Moon was the first in-depth study of the beginnings of modern politics in Sarawak between 1959 and 1972. The plural society of that state offered a stark contrast to that elsewhere in Malaysia, for in Sarawak viable political parties spanned ethnic divisions, a development that had not then taken place in the other parts of the nation. Side-by-side with the development of politics came the integration of Sarawak within Malaysia, and all the attendant tensions that followed from the merging of this its largest state within an expanded federation. The resultant pattern of politics was dynamic, and throughout this phase remained quite tentative due in large part to Indonesian confrontation and the armed activities of the local communist organisation. Amongst the states of Malaysia, Sarawak is unique, as all groups are in a minority, whether they be defined by ethnicity, religion or mother tongue. That necessitated political compromise spanning ethnic, religious and cultural divisions.

1Mdb: The Scandal That Brought Down A Government A Prime Minister, A Whizz Kid And The Biggest Kleptocracy The World Has Ever Known1Mdb: The Scandal That Brought Down A Government A Prime Minister, A Whizz Kid And The Biggest Kleptocracy The World Has Ever Known by P. Gunasegaram & Kinibiz

This book is a gripping account of the biggest, most audacious kleptocracy the world has ever known - over RM40 billion lost or stolen by a corrupt Malaysian government through 1Malaysia Development Berhad or 1MDB. It has all the elements of a Hollywood thriller with a cast featuring a sultan, a prime minister, his high-flying and even more high-spending wife, and a baby-faced whizz kid as the mastermind who was in his late twenties when it all started and who cavorted with actors and socialites such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Paris Hilton on yachts and other expensive places. Despite the Barisan Nasional government going to great lengths to cover up the scandal, it exploded and spread. The people tired of the blatant theft threw BN out in the general elections of 9 May, ending 61 years of uninterrupted BN rule. The book shows how the scandal developed, the way the various embezzlements were executed, traces the money flows and tracks the beneficiaries of a crime which could not go undetected because it was so big. Now, those who are responsible are finally being brought to account through a process which will take years.

Swordfish + ConcubineSwordfish + Concubine by Kee Thuan Chye

Swordfish + Concubine is a play inspired by the old Malay classic Sejarah Melayu. Playwright Kee Thuan Chye takes the popular story of the swordfish attack on Singapura and that of the Sultan's favourite concubine who is sentenced to death by impalement, and weaves them together to produce an epic that resonates with the present. He infuses it with drama, comedy, action, satire, gamelan music and rap. Yes, rap! It is sweeping, lavish and filled with fun, and it appeals to the senses, the mind and the heart. In 2006, it was judged one of the top five plays entered for the International Playwriting Festival organised by Warehouse Theatre in the UK.

Sarawak Report, The: The Inside Story Of The 1Mdb ExposeSarawak Report, The: The Inside Story Of The 1Mdb Expose by Clare Rewcastle Brown

This is the story of the have-nots and the have-yachts,of the failings of globalisation, and how a tiny rainforest campaign derailed the world's largest theft and brought down a government. The Sarawak Report is the stranger-than-fiction tale of how one woman uncovered the world's biggest theft which, in 2018, brought down the Malaysian government. Investigating the deforestation of Sarawak, Borneo, and the dispossession of its people, journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown followed a trail ofcorruption that led her to the heart of Malaysian politics and to Prime Minister Najib Razak himself Determined that the public should know the truth, she started a blog, which became Malaysia's go-to news outlet for information that the government was trying to suppress - and whistleblowers wanted to get out. She was soon running a radio station too. To nail down absolute proof, Rewcastle Brown criss-crossed the globe and, defying danger, pieced together the evidence of the 1MDB scandal- the theft of billions from the country's sovereign wealth fund. Her reporting - exposing the shady dealings of international politicians, finance powerhouses, prominent PR firms, and Hollywood glitterati - convulsed Malaysian politics and reverberated around the world. The US government made its largest ever kleptocracy asset seizure, while banks and bankers fell. Sweeping in scope, The Sarawak Report provides a jaw-dropping behind the-scenes narrative of Malaysia's recent turbulent political struggles, revealing, as never before, how government funded cyber-warfare and fake news operate, and, in an era of threadbare mainstream media, demonstrating that epoch-changing investigative journalism is still possible. It is an urgent account of the reality of globalisation - and the astonishing story of how one person made a difference.