To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

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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


Call for Papers – Misplaced Democracy (2nd Edition)

Launched 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


Tommy Thomas’s Books Reviewed at Star2.com

Tommy Thomas’s two latest books Abuse of Power and Anything but the Law received a great review recently on Star2.com alongside an interview with the author in which he explains why he decided to embark on this project.  


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,


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


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