Another world is not only possible, she's on the way and, on a quiet day, if you listen very carefully you can hear her breathe.

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Marco Ferrarese interviewed on Sharpened Word

Marco Ferrarese author of “Banana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro-Fool’s Metal Punk Journeys in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia” has been interviewed in the latest edition of Sharpened Word Literary Matinee talking about his latest book with SIRD, his writing process and what it means to bring danger back into literature. Watch the video below!

Call for Papers – Misplaced Democracy (2nd Edition)

Misplaced Democracy coverLaunched in 2014, “Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People” has made an important contribution to the study of Malaysian politics and society. Published in the wake of the 13th General Election it spoke not only to researchers and scholars of Malaysia but also to activists and others interested to understand the wider dynamics at work during that period.

Bringing together fifteen researchers from around the world it enabled interdisciplinary research in fields as diverse as political economy, urban studies, film studies and international relations, and produced a series of papers which made groundbreaking contributions to their field, on topics such as political gangsterism, piracy, Islamic law, Malaysian literature and FELDA and Malaysian land policy. All papers were also accompanied by the cartoons of Malaysia’s premier free speech artist Zunar.

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Tommy Thomas’s Books Reviewed at

Tommy Thomas’s two latest books Abuse of Power and Anything but the Law received a great review recently on alongside an interview with the author in which he explains why he decided to embark on this project.

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Poh Soo Kai at the Launch of Living in a Time of Deception


SIRD has recently been pleased to release, in cooperation with Function 8 in Singapore, both an English and Chinese language biography of our friend Poh Soo Kai, a former member of Barisan Socialis and political detainee. Launched on April 2, 2016 at Rumah Gerakbudaya we had over 80 people in attendance and great speeches by Syed Husin Ali, Lee Ban Chen, Sunita Mei-Lin Rajakumar and of course Poh Soo Kai himself. Below is a transcript of Dr. Poh’s speech in full.

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Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting


Alongside the release by SIRD of Cecilia Ng’s edited volume “Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting: Imperatives for Equitable Public Expenditure” there has been lots of talk in the media on the topic of Gender Responsive Budgeting. It is then a great time to learn more about this attempt to open up democratic spaces and place decision making power back into the hands of the people.

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