Kalimah Allah Milik Siapa? Renungan dan Nukilan Tentang Malaysia di Era Pancaroba

Author: Azly Rahman
Format: Paperback, 344 pages
Subjects: Religion, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630427
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM40.00

“…Azly telah jelas dapat melihat sambil menebusi gejala dan sandiwara yang sedang melanda negara ini. Beliau telah mengambil pandangan yang jujur ​​dan ikhlas menyatakan punca asas bagi keadaan kemelut Malaysia pada hari ini. Pendekatan ‘menyelami’ dan objektif ini telah dapat mengambil kira beberapa naratif kolonial pra-Merdeka, pasca tahun 1969, dan era pasca Mahathir. Beliau telah mentafsirkan makna-makna yang penuh muslihat dan juga yang membinasakan; hasilan arus pembangunan yang pada masa kini amat bertentangan dengan aspirasi yang dikongsi dan dipegang bersama oleh masyarakat Malaysia yang telah berevolusi.” – Professor Murray Hunter

“Tulisan Azly ini merentasi beberapa bidang yang penting dalam pendidikan, budaya, politik, ekonomi dan masyarakat. Banyak daripada penulisan beliau, walaupun sesetengah pembaca mungkin mendapati agak pendek dan kurang menjelaskan jawapan soalan yang dibangkitkan, di samping terlalu padat teori, telah berjaya mencabar status quo dalam pemikiran rasmi tentang bagaimana hal ehwal negara harus dikendalikan. Dengan memberi tumpuan kepada asas-asas falsafah dan politik bagi dasar dan tindakan, Azly menyediakan alternatif yang menarik berbanding ulasan-ulasan yang bersifat mengampu daripada orang-orang yang lebih dekat dengan pengurusan kerajaan (dan kuasa politik) di negara ini….” – Dr. Lim Teck Ghee

“Azly menggesa kita agar membaca tanda-tanda yang banyak di alam semesta sosio-budaya kita sendiri sebagaimana kita mengemudi lautan dunia hiper-moden yang semakin berpotensi untuk mengkhianatkan supaya kita juga, sama seperti orang Polinesia belayar di Pasifik, boleh berjaya dalam memaju ke hadapan atas hasrat menemui dunia-dunia baharu, yang tidak termimpi oleh mereka dan juga janji-janji yang terdapat di seberang perairan baharu yang belum lagi diterokai….” – Dr. Bakri Musa

Posted in Malay Books, Politics, Religion, Social Studies

Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey

Author: Hannah Yeoh
Format: Paperback, 111 pages
Subjects: Biography & Memoir, Politics
ISBN: 9789670630342
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM25.00

“Outlined here is clarity, simplicity, commitment and sacrifice of an exemplary Malaysian, a Christian who seeks to fight with her deep faith, impeccable character and profound courage to secure, by God’s strength and with much prayer, a better future for all Malaysians. There is great hope for Malaysia if many more Hannahs could be replicated in politics.”

– Dr. Daniel Ho
Senior Pastor, DUMC, Petaling Jaya

“Hannah’s story grips you with its refreshing honesty. From finding God to rediscovering her confidence, to the miracle of her marriage proposal and her amazing journey into politics, it speaks about God. It fired me to pray for such a generation to rise up and rebuild our land! It will inspire you to always seek God’s best in the face of many “good” options; for it is in surrender to Him that the best will be given to us.”

– Dr. Philip Lyn
Senior Pastor, Skyline SIB, Kota Kinabalu

“Hannah’s story is not only about politics. It is about a spiritual journey of self-discovery. It is also about the role of values and faith in public office. Hannah’s Christian convictions show us how faith is a prime mover for righteousness, justice and good governance in the state and the nation. She truly believes that politics needs more good people if positive change is to happen, and because of her faith, has shown that she is willing to walk the talk.”

– Saari Sungib
Selangor State Assemblyman, Hulu Kelang

“Life often doesn’t pan out the way we plan it. But when an unexpected opportunity fell into her lap, Hannah seized the day and the rest is history. This book tells of how she leads by example, and, more importantly, how she holds steadfast to her values. Incorruptible and with a strong sense of justice and fairness, Hannah is a true-blue Malaysian. I have no doubt that she will lead and inspire a new generation of young Malaysians to play their parts in securing a brighter future for this country we love.”

– Tony Pua
Member of Parliament, Petaling Jaya Utara

“My friendship with Hannah transcends shared political beliefs. We are both products of strict religious upbringing (albeit in different settings) which have shaped our firm belief in fairness and justice. Hannah epitomises the new generation of Malaysians who see things from a perspective free from the bias of race and prejudice. Her story will inspire Malaysians to claim their stake under the Malaysian sun.”

– Rafizi Ramli
Member of Parliament, Pandan

About the Author

Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan is the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly and State Assemblyman for Subang Jaya, Selangor. Hannah won the N31 state seat in the General Elections 2008 as a DAP candidate at the age of 29. She was elected as the Speaker at the age of 34, making her the first woman and youngest Speaker in Malaysia. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from University of Tasmania. She is married to Ramachandran M, an IT entrepreneur. They are now proud parents of two baby girls Shay Adora Ram and Kayleigh Imani Ram. The couple is passionate about nation-building and seeks to inspire Malaysians to play their respective parts in establishing a righteous nation free from corruption and racial discrimination.

Posted in Biography & Memoir, English Books, Politics

Bangkit: Tempoh Pentadbiran Abdullah Badawi di Malaysia

Editors: Bridget Welsh & James U.H. Chin
Format: Paperback, 312 pages
Subject: Politics
ISBN: 9789670630311
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM38.00

Terjemahan rancangan pilihan daripada buku: Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia.

Beliau memegang jawatan sebagai Perdana Menteri dengan harapan besar dan beliau sepatutnya dapat melakukan lebih banyak. Malah slogan beliau ketika mula memegang jawatan ialah “bekerja bersama saya, bukan untuk saya”. Beliau sepatutnya mengambil peluang melakukan perubahan kabinet, perkhidmatan awam, kehakiman dan organ kekuasaan da pentadbiran. – Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi berkhidmat sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia antara tahun 2003 hingga tahun 2009. Lebih dikenali sebagai Pak Lah, beliau memegang jawatan dengan mandate besar. Semasa Pilihan Raya Umum 2004, parti pemerintah Barisan Nasional (BN) mencapai prestasi terbaiknya sejak tahun 1969. Lima tahun kemudian semasa Pilihan Raya Umum 2008, BN hanya memenangi 140 daripada 222 kerusi parlimen yang dipertandingkan, tewas di 58 buah kerusi. Lebih penting lagi BN kehilangan tradisi kemenangan dua pertiga di parlimen.

Dalam edisi ini, 15 penulis, gabungan warga dan bukan warga Malaysia, memberikan penilaian kepada pentadbiran satu penggal Abdullah. Tema utama buku ini ialah persoalan: bagaimana Tun Abdullah mengubah lanskap politik Malaysia? Penerbitan ini menawarkan tinjauan menyeluruh pentadbiran Abdullah daripada dalam dan luar pentadbirannya. – Bridget Welsh & James U.H. Chin, Penyunting

Penyumbang

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah; Dato’ Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi; Datuk Zaid Ibrahim; Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khir Toyo; Datuk Ramesh Chander; Edmund Bon Tai Soon; Wan Hamidi Hamid; Gerhard Hoffstaedter; K. Kabilan; Maria Chin Abdullah; Anil Netto; Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad dan Zulkifli Sulong.

Posted in Malay Books, Politics

Politik Citra di Malaysia: Antara Kebenaran dan Kepalsuan

Author: Ismail Hashim Yahaya
Format: Paperback, 140 pages
Subjects: Politics, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630410
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM20.00

Buku ini yang pertama seumpamanya di negara ini yang membicarakan mengenai politik dari perspektif citra. Walau citra atau imej sering dikaitkan dengan periklanan tetapi Ismail Hashim telah cuba mengaitkan aspek pengwajahan senario politik negara dari sudut pandangan citra.

Seperti yang dijelaskan Sdr Wan Hamidi Hamid dalam kata penghantarnya yang membezakan buku ini daripada yang lain-lain dalam angkatannya adalah faktor ilmu dan ilmiah.

Ismail Hashim sebagai penulis berkongsi segala apa yang ada pada dirinya sebagai seorang ahli akademik. Tulisan-tulisannya mahu mengajak pembaca keluar seketika dari zon selesa untuk mengasah minda yang selama ini sering dibekukan dengan polemik yang bersifat seperti permainan bola sepak. Tulisan-tulisan beliau banyak berkisar tentang demokrasi yang dirasakannya agak dangkal dalam amalan seharian di Malaysia. Ketajaman pemerhatian, malah kritikan beliau, banyak ditujukan kepada apa yang disifatkannya sebagai politik citra, yakni yang bersifat imej.

Maksudnya bukan demokrasi yang menjadi amalan tetapi sifat-sifat, kata-kata, malah iklan-iklan tentang demokrasi yang menjadi amalan masa kini. Sebagai seorang akademik, sebagai seorang wakil dunia intelek, sebagai pemerhati politik, nampaknya beliau lebih mahukan kepada pencerahan minda. Seperti yang dicatatkannya sendiri, ‘…identiti kaum intelektual ialah untuk melakukan transformasi pemikiran kepada negara dan masyarakat.’

Persoalan buku banyak membicarakan realiti. Realiti selalu menampakkan kehadirannya dalam cara yang berbeza. Kekadang ia hadir umpama suatu dugaan atau halangan. Tetapi sering juga hadir dalam keadaan tidak terduga seperti dalam bentuk citra yang tampak dalam susunan tetapi sering pula dalam bentuk ‘chaos’ atau ketidakberaturan. Kekadang realiti muncul dalam refleksi yang rasional dan sering pula dalam refleksi yang tidak rasional. Buku ini patut dibaca bukan sahaja oleh ahli akademik tetapi para mahasiswa dan orang awam yang ingin memahami senario politik dari pespektif yang lebih segar dan kelainan ialah citra dan pencitraan.

 

Posted in Malay Books, Politics, Social Studies

马来西亚国情一把抓

Author/Editor: 孙和声
Format: Paperback, 203 pages
Subject: Chinese literature
ISBN: 9789670630397
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM23.00
 

作者:孙和声

出版:策略资讯研究中心(SIRD)

年份:2014-08

书号:978-967-0630-39-7

定价:RM23.00

规格:平装 / 203页 / 153 x 229 mm / 380g

 

马 来西亚国情知多少?这是一本为普罗大众而写的国情基础知识读本。目的为有兴趣的读者提供一本国情小百科类的国情手册。此书由两部分组成,一为基本数据,另 一则为论述型文章。所有文章皆曾发表于《东方日报》的名家,龙门阵及文荟。希望读者会觉得这是本便利实用的国情一本通。

 

作者简介

1955年生于江沙,曾就读江沙崇华小学,后因大水灾迁至和丰。在和丰国民型中学毕业后,曾往台湾读书及日本学日本语。早在1980年代初期,便开始写评论文章,多发表于《文道月刊》与《经济季刊》。部分旧作被收录于马来西亚华人文化协会出版的十卷本《当代马华文存》。

2007 出版《华人文化述评》

2010 出版《尴尬的大马经济》(2013第二版)

2012 出版《大马变天,远吗?》

2007 与唐南发合编《风云五十年,大马政党政治》

2008 与谢伟伦合编《敢叫日月换新天》

 

目录

(一)宪政基础

1 独立宪法的故事 3

2 联邦宪法 9

3 国家原则 11

4 从马来亚到马来西亚联邦 13

5 马来西亚式中央集权制 15

6 国家元首与首相 19

7 君主、民主与法治 21

 

(二)政治角力

8 议会君主制 25

9 华人海啸还是城镇海啸 27

10 冷眼热心评大选 29

11 从一个马来人谈起 31

12 从国民和解谈开去 34

13 告别腐败之道 36

 

(三)经济实况

14 马来西亚的经济困境 41

15 华人控制马来西亚经济? 44

16 却贫济富的扶弱政策 46

17 解读族群/种族盛衰 48

18 论技术、人才与宽容 51

19 主观幸福与客观幸福 53

20 为何要反对消费税 56

 

(四)族群缘起

21 人类的起源与演变 61

22 小论南方蒙古人种 64

23 东南亚诸民族起源趣谈 67

24 马来西亚早期史札记 71

25 被遗忘的半岛原住民 73

26 从印度化谈起 75

27 小谈马来西亚的印度裔 78

28 投诉无门的马来西亚印度裔 81

 

(五)马来人纵横谈

29 从Malaya到Melayu 85

30 马来民族与语文古今谈 88

31 马来语文运动史话 93

32 素描马来民族性 97

33 评介《王族系谱》一书 100

34 马来人为何分裂? 102

35 土著政策救不了土著 104

 

(六)华人面面观

36 多元一体的汉族 109

37 华人与华侨名词趣谈 112

38 华人小史 114

39 华人方言丛谈 118

40 马来西亚及华人宗教景观 122

41 华人的宗教观与宗教态度 124

42 试论华人民间宗教 127

43 家训文化与现代价值 132

44 语言的粗通与精通 134

45 反思马来西亚的左翼运动 136

 

(七)教际互动

46 伊斯兰在东南亚的传播 141

47 回教法与现代价值 143

48 从伊刑法谈起 145

49 什么是自由主义伊斯兰 147

50 也谈阿拉字眼风波 149

51 从礼仪之争谈起 151

52 巫儒的审美观与人观 153

53 全球伦理 155

 

(八)族际互动 

54 一尊多元的一国多制 159

55 尊重国语、巩固母语 161

56 马来西亚的教育悖论 163

57 护卫文化语文多样性的6大理据 165

58 文化权利与文化多样性宣言 169

59 公民、公平与国民团结 171

60 多元社会的治理策略 173

61 论马来西亚的十大关系 175

附录:马来西亚历史年表 181

 
Posted in Chinese Books, Politics

Derita Penjara Tanpa Bicara: Kisah Kekejaman Akta Zalim

Author: Saari Sungib
Format: Paperback, 200 pages
Subjects: Politics, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630199
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM25.00

 

Sebagai kesimpulan, bolehlah dikatakan buku ini berjaya mencapai dua hal yang penting. Pertama, dengan memberikan bukti-bukti yang konkrit tentang kezaliman ISA daripada pelbagai aspek dan perspektif, Saari memberikan hujah meyakinkan supaya ISA ditolak dan dihapuskan. Memang benar kini ISA sudah dihapuskan, akan tetapi gantinya SOSMA tidak ubah daripada ISA dan sudah seharusnya dimansuhkan. 

Kedua, dengan menghuraikan segala pengalaman yang dilaluinya sendiri dan juga yang dialami oleh ramai orang tahanan lain di bawah ISA di negara ini, dan juga oleh tahanan politik di negara lain, seperti mereka yang ditahan oleh Amerika Syarikat di Guantanamo, Saari berjaya mengemukakan semacam sebuah manual lengkap yang boleh memberi panduan serta peringatan berguna kepada bakal orang tahanan bahkan juga mereka yang sedang ditahan.

Buku ini berguna sekali dan penerbitannya sangat dialu-alukan.

Dr Syed Husin Ali

Penahanan ISA adalah penahanan politik. Oleh itu hanya perkiraan politik sahaja yang menjadi sebab seseorang tahanan politik itu dibebaskan.

Pihak yang membuat keputusan menahan seseorang tahanan politik adalah orang politik. Perkara yang paling tidak disenangi oleh orang politik adalah tekanan politik. Seteguh mana pun kedegilan orang politik itu bertahan menghadapi tekanan politik – tempatan, serantau dan antarabangsa, lambat laun pasti ia akan tumbang juga!

Undur tetap undur juga ia akhirnya!!

Dengan itu seorang tahanan politik mesti bangkit dan lawan! Tentang kezaliman sehabis-habisan. Terus tingkatkan tekanan politik! Jangan duduk diam!

Berdiam diri dan membenarkan diri dizalimi adalah satu kezaliman!

Saari Sungib
Ahli Dewan Negeri Selangor

 
Posted in Malay Books, Politics, Social Studies

Electoral Dynamics in Malaysia: Findings from the Grassroots

Author/Editor: Meredith L. Weiss
Format: Paperback 249 pp.
Subject: Politics
Condition: Good
ISBN: 9789670630083
Publisher: SIRD & ISEAS
Published: 2013
Price: RM40.00
 

Malaysia’s 13th general election, held 5 May 2013, saw an unprecedentedly close race between the incumbent Barisan Nasional (National Front, BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance, Pakatan) coalitions.

For the first time in Malaysian history, a challenger coalition not only kept the BN from regaining the two-thirds parliamentary super-majority it had lost in the previous election, in 2008, but eked out a slim majority of the popular vote.

While any Malaysian election is a big event, this one in particular merits close scrutiny. The present volume offers evidence and analysis with which to probe both the merits of common interpretations of who voted how, and why, and to suggest new readings of Malaysian electoral politics.

Drawing upon extensive ethnographic research in constituencies nationwide, this exploration of campaign processes and promises breaks new ground in offering a grassroots view of a hotly-contested election.

The volume offers a set of case studies of parliamentary and state-level contests, detailing campaign messages, strategies, and apparent patterns. These case studies reveal both phenomena common across states and coalitions, and more region- or party-specific findings.

Chapters examine the salience of deeply-penetrating partisan structures, including the specific roles of women in both coalitions’ campaigns; flows of resources to and from candidates and voters, from targeted patronage and promises of development, to over-the-top advertisements, to anonymous donations; the place of both online and mainstream media; the importance for voter mobilization of both identity-based and issue-oriented networks; and how the different campaign teams functioned on a day-to-day basis.

These findings are valuable not only as a lens on an especially fraught fifteen days in Malaysian electoral history, but for what they reveal about identity, ideology and interests in Malaysian politics and society.

Endorser

A clear GE13 electoral winner!

This team of well coordinated young scholars has produced what is, without any argument, the best, most comprehensive and broadly based study ever of Malaysian electoral politics. With a common approach and format, their local case studies highlight not the “wholesale” politics of broad national party strategy but the ground-level “retail” promotion of local candidates. Malaysian electoral politics is local, these closely-focused studies show, because voters wish to “own” their local representatives, and they can own only those whom they know and can in some measure control. This is how fresh, young eyes see the familiar “slog” of this country’s ground-level electioneering. Thanks to them we now have a new base-line for future Malaysian electoral studies.

                — Clive Kessler
                    The University of New South Wales

Since 1955 Malaysia have had 14 general elections. To date, dozens of academic essays have been published on these elections but, disappointingly, very few books have been written about them. The Malayan Parliamentary Election of 1964 (1967) by K.J. Ratnam and R.S. Milne stands out as a classic that introduced then a new genre of serious political writing on politics in Malaysia conceptually framed within the theme ‘government and politics’. Five decades later, Electoral Dynamics in Malaysia edited by Meredith Weiss, appears and sets out a new genre that could be labeled as “the ethnography of electoral process,” rich with details and anecdotes, from a sample of electoral constituencies countrywide, ‘what election is’ and ‘what it means’ to the people at the grassroots. This book is a must read for anyone even with the slightest of interest on the vibrant Malaysian politics.

                — Shamsul A.B.
                    Distinguished Professor and Founding Director,
                    Institute of Ethnic Studies, The National University of Malaysia

Author biodata

Meredith L. Weiss is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She has held visiting fellowships or professorships in Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, as well as the US. Weiss is the author of Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow (Cornell SEAP/NUS, 2011) and Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia (Stanford, 2006), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is also co-editor of Global Homophobia: States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression (Illinois, 2013), Student Activism in Asia: Between Protest & Powerlessness (Minnesota, 2012), Political Violence in South and Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives (UNU, 2010) and Social Movements in Malaysia: From Moral Communities to NGOs (Routledge Curzon, 2003). Her research addresses political mobilisation and contention, the politics of development, civil society, nationalism and ethnicity and electoral change in maritime Southeast Asia.

Posted in Politics

The Malay Rulers: Regression or Reform?

Author: Syed Husin Ali
Format: Paperback 86 pp.
Subjects: History & Biography, Malaysia, Politics, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789675832949
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2013
Price: RM20.00
 
This small book deals with a big subject – the traditional Rulers of Malaysia. There are nine such Rulers, comprising seven Sultan, a Raja and a Yang di-Pertuan Besar, for nine Malay States. Besides these Rulers, there is also the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the whole country, who is elected in rotation every five years by the nine Rulers.

The Author’s approach in this book is from three perspectives, namely, contemporary, historical and comparative. From the contemporary perspective, he examines the position, role and power of the Rulers now as provided by law and as practised. From the historical angle, he traces the changes the Institution of Royalty has undergone over time owing to different events or influences leading to the present. Comparatively, he looks at Malaysia within the context of different systems in various countries and the positions of their respective Rulers and the changes they have experienced.

Finally, the book tries to do the almost impossible – to predict the likely future for the Malay Rulers. Here, it avoids being sensational or controversial.
 
Posted in History, Politics

Dark Spring: Essays on The Ideological Roots Of Malaysia’s GE-13

Author: Azly Rahman
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Subject: Politics
ISBN: 9789675832888
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2013
Price: RM38.00

 

“Azly Rahman’s Dark Spring is a book about evolution. He has strived to take us out of the shadows of Plato’s cave, into the freedom of an emancipated Malaysian society free of hegemony, repression, and suppression. However, as Azly has eluded, there is so much to do in Malaysia if the country is going to re-vegetate the barren lands that have been stripped for decades, and regenerate the Malaysian mind to face the emerging national and global challenges ahead.

Malaysia must move from a rent-seeking ‘feudal-cracy’ benefitting the few, to a modern and progressive society where sustainability and adaptation rather than corruption and the rape of wealth from the premise behind public policy and administration, by people who are truly altruistic and patriotic to the land we know as Malaysia.

This Malaysian reckoning is avant-garde, but at the same time it is proudly very traditional, deeply attached to rewritten historical narratives of shared heritage.

This is one of the most insightful contributions to the sociology of Malaysian society and should be read by all who have a stake in the country’s future.”

– Murray Hunter

 
Posted in English Books, Politics

Malay Kingship in Kedah: Religion, Trade, and Society

Author: Maziar Mozaffari Falarti
Format: Paperback, 225 pages
Subject: Politics
ISBN: 9789670630090
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2013
Price: RM40.00
 

Malay Kingship in Kedah: Religion, Trade, and Society probes and examines traditional sources of royal power and control, as well as indigenous socio-political systems in the Malay world. It focuses on the north-western Malaysian Sultanate of Kedah, which is acknowledged as the oldest unbroken independent kingship line in the Malay and Islamic world with one thousand years of history.

Little scholarly attention has been paid to its premodern history, society, religion, system of government, and unique geographic situation, potentially controlling both land and sea lines of communication into the remainder of Southeast Asia. This book will thus provide the first comprehensive treatment on Kedah’s premodern and nineteenth-century historiography and can provide a foundation for comparative studies of the various Malay states, which is presently lacking.

Maziar Mozaffari Falarti also sheds much-needed light on a range of important topics in Malay history: Kedah and the northern Melaka Straits history, colonial expansion and rivalry, Southeast Asian history and politics, inter-regional migration and the influence of the sea peoples or orang laut, traditional Malay sociopolitical and economic life, Islamic influences, and the course of Thai-Malay relations.

This book attempts to offer a new understanding, not only of Kedah, but of the political and cultural development of the entire Malay world and of its relationships with the broader forces in both its continental and maritime settings. It argues that Kedah does not seem to follow, and in fact, often seems to contradict what has been commonly been accepted as the “typical model” of the traditional Malay state.

Thus it concludes that the ruling dynasty has historically exploited a wide range of unique environmental conditions, local traditions, global spiritual trends, and economic forces to preserve and strengthen its political position. 

 
Posted in English Books, History, Politics

Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia

Editor: Bridget Welsh
Format: Paperback, 620 pages
Subject: Politics
ISBN: 9789675832789
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2013
Price: RM75.00

 

Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi served as Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2003 to 2009. Better known as Pak Lah, he came into office with a huge mandate. In the 2004 General Elections, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) won its best performance since 1969. Five years later in the 2008 GE, the BN won only 140 of 222 seats, a net loss of 58 seats. More importantly it meant the BN lost its customary two-thirds majority in parliament.

More than thirty authors, Malaysians and non-Malaysians, give an assessment of the one-term Abdullah administration. The central theme of the book is the question: how did Tun Abdullah change the Malaysian political landscape? This volume offers a comprehensive glimpse of the Abdullah administration from both inside and outside the administration.

“He assumed office as PM on a vast sea of optimism and he could have accomplished more. Indeed his motto when assuming office was “work with him, not for him”. He should have taken the opportunities of making sweeping changes in the cabinet, the civil service, judiciary and other organs of power and governance.”

– Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

Contributors:

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah; Dato’ Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi; Datuk Zaid Ibrahim; Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khir Bin Toyo; Datuk Denison Jayasooria; Datuk Ramesh Chander; YB Liew Chin Tong; Edmund T. S. Bon; William Case; Chua Sue-Ann; Mohd. Faisal Syam Bin Abdol Hazis; Farish A. Noor; Edmund Terence Gomez; Wan Hamidi Hamid; Gerhard Hoffstaedter; K. Kabilan; Clive Kessler; Khadijah Khalid; Khaw Veon Szu; Kuik Cheng-Chwee; Lee Kam Hing; Joseph Chin Yong Liow; Lim Teck Ghee; Maria Chin Abdullah; Anil Netto; Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad; Ooi Kee Beng; Oon Yeoh; Arnold Puyok; Rita Sim; Jason Tan; Andrew Willford and Zulkifli Bin Sulong

Book Content:

Acknowledgements ix

About the Contributors xi

Foreword xx

Introduction xxii 

Abdullah Badawi and Transformations

  1. Tun Abdullah Badawi

‘Doing the Invisible’: A Conversation with Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

  1. Farish A. Noor

The Discursive Construction of the Image of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi as the ‘Sleeping PM’

  1. Ooi Kee Beng

Managing Mahathir’s Mess

  1. Clive Kessler

The Abdullah Badawi Premiership: Interlude or End-Game?

  1. Mohamed Khir Toyo

‘Shadow Mahathir’: Interview with Dato Seri Dr Mohamad Khir bin Toyo

  1. Zaid Ibrahim

‘Nice Guys Finish Last – Sometimes’: Interview with Dato’ Mohd Zaid Ibrahim 

Domestic Arenas of Transformation

  1. Abdul Azim Zabidi

‘Before Malaysia’s Time’: An Interview with Dato Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi

  1. Nik Nazmi

Nik Ahmad The Coming of Age of the Reformasi Generation

  1. Wan Hamidi Hamid

Failure to Manage Fear: Abdullah and the Malays

  1. Zulkifli Sulong

‘A Special Relationship’: PAS and Abdullah Badawi

  1. James U.H. Chin

It Had to Happen: The Chinese Backlash in the 2008 General Elections

  1. Rita Sim

Engaging ‘Many’ Malaysian Chinese

  1. K. Kabilan

The Indian Dilemma: Sucked Up & Spat Out

  1. Andrew Willford

Every Indian is Burning Inside

  1. Arnold Puyok

Sabah’s Rise to National Prominence and Deepening UMNO Dominance

  1. Mohd. Faisal Syam bin Abdol Hazis

Sarawak’s Political Dynamics

  1. Anil Netto

Great Expectations, Unrealised Dreams: Human Rights and Abdullah Badawi

  1. Bridget Welsh

Enabling and Empowering Malaysians

  1. Liew Chin Tong

‘An Opposition’s Transformation’: Interview with Liew Chin Tong

  1. Chua Sue-Ann

The Quiet PM and a Generation’s Coming of Age

  1. Bridget Welsh

Abdullah Badawi’s Quiet Revolution in Political Institutions

  1. William Case

Corruption Unplugged under Abdullah

  1. Gerhard Hoffstaedter

Islam Hadhari: Making Moderate, Modern Muslims

  1. Khaw Veon Szu

‘The Dream that Wasn’t’: Ethnic Relations under Abdullah

  1. Edmund Bon Tai Soon

‘An Accidental Footnote’: Pak Lah’s Administration and the Judiciary

  1. Oon Yeoh

Pak Lah: Friend or Foe of New Media?

  1. Maria Chin Abdullah

Promises, Promises – Failed Justice

  1. Jason Tan

Malaysian Culture under Abdullah

Socio-Economic Dynamics and Obstacles

  1. Ramesh Chander

Abdullah Badawi’s Economic Policies: Between Promise and Delivery

  1. Edmund Terence Gomez

Promoting Entrepreneurial SME’s: Policies, Institutions and Incentives

  1. Lim Teck Ghee

Abdullah Badawi, the NECC and the Corporate Equity Issue: View from a Personal Connection

  1. Lee Kam Hing

Challenges amidst Diversity: Malaysian Chinese Business under the Abdullah Badawi Administration

  1. Denison Jayasooria

Abdullah’s Socio-Economic Agenda: Reflections on the Relevance & Impact on the Indian Community 

Foreign Policy and Outreach

  1. Khadijah Khalid

Malaysian Foreign Relations and Diplomacy under Abdullah Badawi

  1. Joseph Chin Yong Liow

Mending Fences: Malaysia-Singapore Relations during the Abdullah Badawi Administration

  1. Bridget Welsh

Smiles and Storms: Abdullah Badawi’s Navigation of US Waters

  1. Kuik Cheng-Chwee

Malaysia’s China Policy under Abdullah: More Continuity than Change?

Bibliography

Posted in English Books, Politics

A People’s Politics

Author: Goh Keat Peng
Format: Paperback, 107  pages
Subjects: Politics, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789675832734
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2013

Price: RM20.00

 
“A People’s Politics tells a story of a Malaysia where the best shall never lose sight of their convictions. It is a Malaysia that celebrates its diversity, protects its integrity, and is guided by a moral compass that sheds light in times of darkness.”
Foreword by Nurul Izzah Anwar

Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai

 

“I trust you will be blessed and refreshed by the chapters of this book. By the time you complete reading the book, I hope you will be just as hopeful as me, a young Malaysian who is convinced that the best is yet to come for this land”.
Foreword by Hannah Yeoh
State Assembly member for Subang Jaya

 

“An excellent contribution, written by a true patriot, to the rich and evolving narrative on being Malaysian. The author succinctly expounds the meaning of nationhood, democracy, good governance, and the ubiquity of politics. A veritable guide to all citizens on their rights and responsibilities and the steps needed to take ownership of our beloved Nation.
Notwithstanding the somewhat partisan call to change, a timely reminder to all politicians and the new government post GE13, never to forget that the Rakyat will always be the Boss. In essence, this is Mr. Goh’s clarion call to all Anak Bangsa Malaysia to put the shoulder to the plough for the good of our collective life as a nation in the 21st Century.”
A. Jayanath
Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia

 

“Adoption of the election process alone does not mean that a country is democratic. Rather, democracy begins with the institutional respect for all aspects of human rights and the freedom of involvement by the people in the formation of accountable and people-centred governance. This book is a call for a more just and democratic Malaysia.”
Peter Kallang
Orang Ulu and Kenyah community leader who is experienced in trade unionism and church leadership;

currently Chairman of Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network

 

“As Malaysia matures into a functioning democracy we deserve better governance, renewal of our institutions and more choices. This work is a clarion call for critical conversation and engagement which we cannot abdicate from.”
Philip TN Koh
Corporate governance lawyer

 

“The ordinary peace loving Malaysians, politicians and non-politicians, will find this book refreshing and interesting because it is authored by someone who is not a politician. I can sense that the author is not pro-government, not pro-opposition, only pro-good governance. He is just being sincere and honest.”
Simon Sipaun
PSM, Founding Chairman of the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights,
former Sabah State Secretary, former Chairman of the Sabah State Public Service Commission and former Vice-Chairman of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM)
Posted in English Books, Politics, Social Studies

1Malaysia.Con

Author: Dean Johns
Subjects: Politics, Social Studies
Condition: Good
ISBN: 9789675832314
Publisher: SIRD
Price: RM25.00
 

Some comments on this and previous books of Dean Johns’ weekly columns for Malaysiakini.com:

“.. a style of writing that – trust us – will make you smile, laugh, sigh, curse or roll your eyes up as you go along. This is a book to be read once and taken out again at regular intervals by all those who wish to reminiscence, regret, rejoice and celebrate together with that curious species known as Malaysians. – S. Vicknesan, former Opinions/Features Editor, Malaysiakini.com

“In years to come, scholars researching the tumultuous cultural, social and political transformations distinguishing the period leading up tp and immediately after Malaysia’s 12th general election will discover within these pages a rich lode of scintillating insights, along with a treasure trove of belly laughs.” – Antares, magickriver.blogspot.com

“..a great value-for-money package of excellent socio-political commentaries written in a witty fashion for the enjoyment of readers, with the funny yet useful bonus of an object lesson in lexical facility and verbal gymnastics for students of the English language.” – Ktemoc, ktemoc.blogspot.com

Posted in English Books, Politics, Social Studies

The New Economic Policy in Malaysia: Affirmative Action, Ethnic Inequalities and Social Justice

Editors: Terrence Gomez & Johan Saravanamuttu
Format: Paperback 394 pp.
Subject: Economics, Politics
ISBN: 9789971696696
Publisher: SIRD & NUS press
Published: 2012
Price: RM50

For more than 40 years, the New Economic Policy and its successor programs have shaped Malaysia’s socioeconomic development and the allocation of political power. The original policy sought to eradicate poverty and achieve economic parity among the country’s various ethnic communities. However, it was based on an apparent paradox – the use of ethnic preference to promote national unity. The policy’s core tenet was affirmative action on behalf of the Bumiputera community.

Drawing on a wealth of statistical and documentary evidence, this major new book provides a comprehensive and rigorous assessment of the NEP. The contributors show that there have been some positive outcomes, among them a considerable reduction of poverty, greater interethnic equity parity and the emergence of a resourceful Bumiputera middle class. But these partial successes have to be weighed against persistent complaints associated with increasing intraethnic Bumiputera income disparities; the emergence of a small, politically powerful and disproportionately wealthy Bumiputera elite; a serious brain drain; and weak human capital. As a result, divisive debates about group rights, ethnic identity and an elusive national unity dominate Malaysia’s policy discourse. The New Economic Policy in Malaysia offers a timely and fresh perspective, suggesting that the long-term implementation of racially-targeted policies reinforces stereotypical ethnic identities and hinders the creation of a more inclusive society.

 

“…this volume still stands out for bringing together a number of academics renowned for their research on Malaysia. Its composition also constitutes a multi-disciplinary approach and multi-layered perspective on the NEP that is otherwise hard to find, backed by a considerable amount of qualitative and quantitative data that is a valuable resource in itself and a sound point of departure for further research.” – Frederik Holst

“Neatly organised into five parts, and backed by a wealth of statistical data and qualitative evidence, the chapters are well-written and well-argued throughout. As such, it is hard to demur from the general conclusion that race-based affirmative action has outstayed its welcome. This book deserves to be required reading for all Malaysian policymakers.” – Nicholas J. White

Posted in Economics, Politics, Uncategorized

Syed Husin Ali: Memoirs of a Political Struggle

Author/Editor: Syed Husin Ali
Format: Paperback 273 pp.
Subjects: History & Biography, Malaysia, Memoir, Politics
ISBN: 9789675832499

Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2012
Price: RM45.00
 

This book contains Syed Husin Ali’s recollections and reflections on his struggles to establish justice, truth and welfare for the people. It relates his participation, activities, experiences and views on a number of political events related to the people. The author describes early childhood experiences, parental influences, as well as family, educational, academic and non-academic environments as they have influenced to a great extent the attitudes and views of the writer towards politics, which he has been involved with for more than half a century.

The issues focused on in the Memoirs are therefore related to the participation and experiences of the author, including his views and thoughts on the political development, events and controversies that have taken place over time within the parties he has been a member of and the country as a whole.

The Memoirs also provide backgrounds to and clarifications on several issues, such as: what happened after the opposition parties captured five states, the formation of PAKATAN, attempts by UMNO-BN to topple the PAKATAN-controlled state governments, especially Selangor, and the attempt by Anwar to win over the central government in connection with the 16th September event, which has been regarded by some as a failure.

An attempt is also made to reveal and even explain the decision process among the leaders of the parties and the things that led them to make various political decisions, most of which are unknown or unfamiliar to the public.

This book is a translation of the original Malay language version. It contains several amendments and corrections and includes two new sections – one on the APCET II conference and another on the author’s deportation from Indonesia during the Suharto regime – both of which were unfortunately overlooked during the preparation of the Malay version. It also has a list of abbreviations and indexes which are absent in the Malay edition. In a way, this present version appears to be a better version of the author’s Memoirs.

Posted in History, Politics

Malaysia Road Map for Achieving Vision 2020

Author: Koon Yew Yin
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Subject: Politics
ISBN: 9789675832437
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2012
Price: RM50.00
 

“Mr. Koon writes with perceptiveness and candour as well as with the voice of experience – qualities that are often missing in the writings of many political analysts that are provided with space in the mainstream media.  This process of empowerment and simultaneous rejection of leaders who regard power and authority not as positions of trust and responsibility but to serve personal interest or as an opportunity for personal enrichment will be necessary if  Malaysia is to prosper and move ahead to join the modern and progressive nations of the world.”

– Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Member of Parliament and former Minister of Finance

“Mr Koon has chosen to galvanise his years of experience in business and to reduce them into well written and well researched articles that will benefit all Malaysians. The articles are forthright and brutally honest in many instances and speak to the problems Malaysia faces and Malaysians must face up to. It is a must read for all those who believe that our children deserve a better Malaysia  and who believe, as clearly the author does, that it is our responsibility to ensure we leave them a legacy they can be proud of.”

– Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, Former President of the Malaysian Bar Council & Chairperson of Bersih 2.0

 
Posted in English Books, Politics

Kaleidoscope: The Memoirs of P.G. Lim

Author: P.G. Lim
Format: Paperback, 397 pages
Subjects: Biography & Memoir, Politics
ISBN: 9789675832390
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2012
Price: RM70.00
 

“Tan Sri P.G. Lim has led a remarkable and eventful life at the heart of Malaysian affairs, as personal friend and confidante of all of independent Malaysia’s prime ministers. This memoir starts with vivid images of her childhood in Penang during the years after the First World War, leading to three years at Cambridge University in the 1930s.

The years of the Japanese Occupation were spent with her family in Penang, and after the war she qualified for the Bar. She found herself first thrust into the limelight when in 1953 she undertook the defence of a young communist woman who had acted as a messenger for the Communist Party. As a young lawyer she confronted the full British judicial establishment and made her name by saving the woman’s life.

Thereafter, P.G. plunged into an active life of politics mixed with her legal activities, often involving cases in which she acted for trades unions. Her life then took an unexpected turn as she became involved as a diplomat, serving successively as Malaysia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Yugoslavia and Austria, and Brussels and the European Economic Community.

On her return, though well beyond normal retirement age, she accepted an appointment to head the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, which she developed, burnishing its reputation internationally over the next seventeen years before her retirement in 2000.

Her memoirs, which are generously illustrated with previously unpublished photos, will be essential reading for those interested in Malaysia’s development since Independence.”

— Dato’ Henry S. Barlow
Honorary Treasurer, Malaysian Branch of The Royal Asiatic Society

“This much-awaited autobiography has finally arrived! Not only was P.G. Lim a member of an important Penang family with illustrious children who figured prominently in the early history of Malaysia, she herself played key roles as ambassador to a row of European countries and as a top lawyer. Needless to say, this wonderful book contains much that is of interest to all Malaysians or Malaysianists.”

— Ooi Kee Beng
Deputy Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

 
Posted in Biography & Memoir, English Books, Politics