Malaysian and their Identities

Editor: Yeoh Seng Guan
Format: Paperback 200 pp.
Subjects: Politics, Culture, Malaysia
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9789670960661
Price: RM28.00

Malaysians and their Identities presents a kaleidoscope of insights based on original empirical research by young Malaysian scholars. Among others, their topics cover festive TV advertisements, connoisseur café culture, the smartphone, online sports gaming, Islamic fashion, women indie musicians, men’s health magazines,
inter-racial marriages, and friendships in private universities.
These chapters show the variety of everyday identity-making in Malaysia, and how these actions are also entangled with wider social, economic and technological processes in the world.
Featuring contributions from Zaleha Khalilur Rahman • Melizarani T. Selva • Hal Mahera binti Ahmad • Lim Zhen Hui • Crystal Lim • Chong Ai Rene • Rohini Rajadorai • Tay Siao Lin • Helen Sneha Jambunathan • Lee Jun-Elle
Yeoh Seng-Guan is Senior Lecturer at the School of Arts & Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Social Studies

Getting By: Class and State Formation among Chinese in Malaysia

Author: Donald M. Nonini
Format: Paperback 348 pp.
Subjects: History & Biography, Malaysia, Ethnic Studies
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9789670960692
Price: RM50.00

“Exceptional scholarship! In Getting By Donald M. Nonini offers an insightful critique of three long-standing theoretical perspectives on the links between class and ethnicity involving the Chinese and then proposes the necessity of adopting a historical ethnographic view focusing on the issues of position and structure.”
EDMUND TERENCE GOMEZ, University of Malaya, coauthor of Malaysia’s Political Economy: Politics, Patronage, and Profits

 “‘Getting By’ illuminates in arresting detail what it means to be working-class ethnic Chinese in Malaysia where racial discrimination molds everyday existence. Donald M. Nonini’s deep ethnography of ethnic Chinese under siege tracks their daily practices of surviving as a subjugated ethnic and class minority. The political, economic, social, and cultural costs of living under majority rule inspire an art of deception and disputation, as well as backup plans to leave a beloved multiethnic homeland. This rare ethnographic history of the Malaysian present is a path-breaking intervention in Chinese diaspora studies. It casts a necessary light on how ordinary ethnic Chinese, often vulnerable to racial discrimination, are the urban backbone of Southeast Asia.”

AIHWA ONG, University of California, Berkeley, coeditor of Privatizing China, Asian Biotech, and Worlding Cities
 How do class, ethnicity, gender, and politics interact? In what ways do they constitute everyday life among ethnic minorities? In Getting By, Donald M. Nonini draws on three decades of research in the region of Penang state in northern West Malaysia, mainly in the city of Bukit Mertajam, to provide an ethnographic and historical account of the cultural politics of class conflict and state formation among Malaysians of Chinese descent.
DONALD M. NONINI is Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of British Colonial Rule and the Resistance of the Malay Peasantry, 1900–1957, coauthor of Local Democracy under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics, and editor most recently of A Companion to Urban Anthropology.
Posted in Books, History, Social Studies

Water Governance Dynamics in The Mekong Region

Editors: David J.H. Blake & Lisa Robins
Format: Paperback 322 pp.
Subjects: Development, Environment & Ecology, Southeast Asia
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9789670960449
Price: RM50.00


The Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER) is a network of organizations and individuals collaborating to democratize water governance in the Mekong Region. Since 2006, M-POWER has developed and implemented a wide range of activities across Cambodia, southern China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Younger and older scholars, practitioners and ex-officials have probed water resources decision-making, prodded policy actors on their positions, and proposed ways for more inclusive, deliberative and adaptive water governance. Water Governance Dynamics in the Mekong Region is the fifth and final book in this series. A decade on and it is far from obvious that the promises of democratization and improved public accountability are inevitable. The need for multi-disciplinary scholarship and constructive contestation remains.


1. Introduction: A Backdrop to Water Governance Dynamics in the Mekong Region
David J.H. Blake and Lisa Robins

2. Iron Triangles, Rectangles or Golden Pentagons? Understanding Power Relations in Irrigation Development Paradigms of Northeast Thailand and Northern Cambodia
David J.H. Blake

3. Arenas of Water Justice on Transboundary Rivers: A Case Study of the Xayaburi Dam, Laos
Carl Middleton and Ashley Pritchard

4. Diverted Justice: The Lower Sesan 2 Dam and the Role of Law in Cambodian Hydropower Development
Maureen Harris

5. China’s Dam Diplomacy in the Mekong Region: Three Game Changers
Pichamon Yeophantong

6. Hydropower Decision-making in Myanmar: Insights from Myitsone Dam
Zhu Xianghui, Tira Foran and David Fullbrook

7. Social Movement Resistance to “Accumulation by Dispossession” in Myanmar: A Case Study of the Ka Lone Htar Dam near the Dawei Special Economic Zone
Zaw Aung and Carl Middleton

8. “Fishing–Farming” Communities around Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia: Fisheries Reforms, Natural Resource Management and Changing Livelihood Patterns
Borin Un

9. Water Governance in a Changing Era: Perspectives on Vietnam
Tien L.T. Du, Duong D. Bui, Xuan T. Quach and Lisa Robins

10. Dike Compartments in the Mekong Delta: Case Studies in Water Governance, Farming Systems and Adaptation to Water-Regime Changes in An Giang Province, Vietnam
Nguyen Van Kien, David Dumaresq and Charles Howie

Posted in Books, Environment, Social Studies

Menyanggah Belenggu: Kerancuan Fikiran Masakini

Author: Azhar Ibrahim
Format: Paperback 266 pp.
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670960159
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2016
Price: RM38.00
Sebagai seorang ilmuan, Dr. Azhar Ibrahim menghayati  isu-isu dalam Pengajian Melayu sebagai rangkaian yang kait mengait, memahami satu bidang memerlukan pengolahan bidang yang lain dalam wacana yang semakin meluas;  sejarah menjurus ke tema kebebasan; orientalisme menilai kembali kesulitan dalam feudalisme; humanisme memperluaskan lagi makna dalam teks Melayu; multikulturalisme menyentuh pembinaan identiti; kekaburan akademik menyekat kefahaman masyarakat; neo-liberalisme menentukan arah pengajian seni dan sastera; idealisme diimbangi oleh perancangan  dalam wacana pengajian yang baru.  Dr. Azhar Ibarhim menyeru orang-orang muda supaya mengenali sejarah dan mengekalkan adab dan adat Melayu.  Tema berpasangan ini yang dikupas begitu mendalam menaikkan lagi darjat Pengajian Melayu sebagai satu bidang ilmu yang sah dan berguna.

Prof Dr Zakaria Ali

Kelangkaan inteligensia Melayu Singapura yang peduli akan jatuh bangunnya bangsa Melayu Singapura, khususnya terhadap budaya yang menjurus mengenai seni sasteranya, menurut saya mula tumbuh kembali apabila kita mahu mengenal sosok peribadi Dr Azhar Ibrahim. Kegiatannya yang memunculkan pertemuan-pertemuan seperti CITA, KULIAH BUSTAN menjadi kenyataannya. Begitu pula dengan terbitnya buku Menyanggah Belenggu Keracunan Fikiran  ini, mudah-mudahan akan lahir satu sosok ahli fikir yang berani mendobrak cara berfikir yang lazim membelenggu bangsa kita, insya-Allah.

Suratman Markasan
Sasterawan, Singapura

Posted in Malay Books, Social Studies

Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting: Imperatives for Equitable Public Expenditure

Editor: Cecilia Ng
Format: Paperback 210 pp.
Subjects: Economics, Gender & Sexuality, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670960036
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2016
Price: RM38.00

This unique book explores the exciting new democratic spaces that open up when budgets get participatory. The experiences of gender responsive budgeting (GRB) meet the world of participatory budgeting (PB), both of which have gained traction since the 1980s. The chapters bring together GRB and PB policy makers, practitioners, researchers and civil society actors to share and review their respective journeys. The book is a valuable contribution to current debates on re-thinking GRB and PB and the need to synergize both approaches to achieve gender equality, social justice and good governance. It is relevant to professionals in government and the private sector as well as to non-governmental organizations and students in gender and development and public policy.

“The book addresses the critical issue of citizen participation through a conversation between those involved in participatory budgeting and gender responsive budgeting approaches. It is rich in case studies and offers the promise of a new direction for entwining women’s and men’s participation by building a broad-based expertise in budget analysis and good financial governance” (Rhonda Sharp).

Posted in Gender & Sexuality, Social Studies

Rainforest Hero : The Life and Death of Bruno Manser

Author/Editor: Ruedi Suter
Format: Paperback 330 pp.
Subjects: Environment & Ecology, History & Biography, Social Studies

ISBN: 9783905252866
Publisher: Bergli Books & SIRD
Published: 2015
Price: RM55

In 1984 Swiss shepherd Bruno Manser trekked through the virgin rainforests of Borneo to live among the jungle’s last nomads. In six years among the Penan people, Manser witnessed the wholesale destruction of one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems through rapid deforestation. He swore to do everything he could to stop it.
Manser’s globetrotting campaign brought the world’s attention to tropical ­deforestation. It also made him an enemy of Asia’s timber barons. In 2000 he disappeared without a trace.
Ruedi Suter’s engrossing biography – the first in English – charts Manser’s ­extraordinary journey from a young man who sought to escape civilization for the peace of the jungle to a campaigner who would stand up to oligarchs, lead protests around the globe, and, ultimately, give his life for the forests that he loved.  
Bruno Manser waged a passionate war to protect Borneo’s rainforests from loggers, [then] he mysteriously disappeared. 
    — Time Magazine, Asia Edition
Bruno Manser was ready to pay the highest price for the protection of the world’s rainforests – and the empowerment of those who live in them.
    — Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland
Ruedi Suter 
was born in the Belgian Congo in 1951 and writes about the environment and human rights from Basel, Switzerland. He closely followed the work of Bruno Manser for many years, and was involved in one of the final searches for the missing campaigner. 
Posted in Biography & Memoir, Environment, Social Studies

Voices from the Rainforest: Testimonies of a Threatened People

Author/Editor: Bruno Manser
Format: Paperback 294 pp.
Subjects: Environment & Ecology, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670960012
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2015
Price: RM50

  “The inhabitants of the rainforest must be allowed to speak for themselves,” wrote Bruno Manser in 1992. At first glance, a European living with the Penan of Sarawak may have seemed like a quaint curiosity, but Manser was careful to redirect public attention to where it was most needed – the plight of his adopted people, beleaguered by human rights abuses and the destruction of their home. 

Voices from the Rainforest tells the story of logging in Sarawak, its devastating effects on indigenous people, and government collusion with their suffering. It’s a chronicle of injustice, brutality and resistance, recounted by Penan themselves, while Manser’s illustrations bring the rainforest to life. This book is an essential record of the injustices suffered by the Penan in the 1980s and 1990s, and a reminder that the struggle is not over yet.
“Bruno Manser did more than anyone else to bring tropical deforestation to the world’s attention – until he mysteriously disappeared in Malaysian Borneo. Twenty years after its release, this book remains a must-read for everyone interested in the plight of the Penan and the world’s indigenous peoples.”
           — Lukas Straumann, Author of Money Logging
Posted in Biography & Memoir, Environment, Social Studies

Second Thoughts: On Malaysia, Globalisation, Society and Self

Author: Julian C H Lee
Format: Paperback 196 pp.
Subjects: Arts & Culture, Malaysia, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630977
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2015
Price: RM30.00

First impressions can be deceptive, as Julian Lee notes in the introduction to this book, and that’s why he sees merit in second thoughts. In this engaging collection of essays and reviews, he gives us a whirlwind tour of topics as diverse as Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake; the peculiarities of human interaction; cultural variations in emoticons; the art of the car sale; histories of fruit; the merits of pessimism; and why you think your phone is vibrating when it isn’t. Not only this, but he can draw a line from Mars Attacks! to Edward Said in one breath, and explain what the plot of Transformers has to say about gender inequalities.

With engaging illustrations by Jun Kit that astutely distill the essence of each chapter with humour and insight, Second Thoughts promises to inform and delight in equal measure.

With illustrations by Jun Kit

With illustrations by Jun Kit

Posted in Arts & Culture, English Books, Social Studies

Social Change in an Urban Neighbourhood in Klang: A Case Study

Authors: Jayanath Appudurai & Lian Kwen Fee
Format: Paperback 70 pp.
Subjects: Malaysia, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630885
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2015
Price: RM18.00
Since the 1960s, there have been many ethnographic studies conducted on the Malays, a lesser number on the Chinese, and only a few on the Indians. Most of these studies were undertaken in the 1960s and 1970s at a time when urbanisation had only begun to affect communities and at a time when Malaysia was transiting from a predominantly agricultural to an urban industrial economy in the 1980s and 1990s. 
More than two-thirds of Malaysians in the Peninsular now live in urban areas. Urbanisation has transformed the social structure of Malaysian society since the 1970s. The Malays, a rural and peasant-based society in the 1950s, are now an integral part of urban society and constitute significant parts of the middle and working classes. The Indians, semi-rural and semi-urban in the past, are now a full-blown urban proletariat. 
There are few, if any, concerted efforts to document the changes that have occurred in these communities as a consequence of urbanisation. This case study is the first attempt to examine the socio-economic and political consequences of two ethnic groups of rural origins – one peasant and the other a plantation economy – now incorporated into an industrial economy and constituting an urban proletariat. This urban working class, neglected by the government in the past, has gained in importance over the years and has emerged as a politically significant influence in Malaysian politics – particularly in urban multi-ethnic constituencies. 
This case study provides a snapshot of the state of Malays and Indians in an urban neighbourhood in the Klang parliamentary constituency.
Posted in Social Studies

Eating Together: Food, Space and Identity in Malaysia and Singapore

Authors:   Gaik Cheng Khoo & Jean Duruz
Format: Paperback 262 pp.
Subjects: Malaysia, Singapore, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630571
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2015
Price: RM38.00
“Richly imagined and analyzed, Jean Duruz and Gaik Cheng Khoo explore what public eating spaces can tell us about contemporary nostalgia, cosmopolitanism, and localism. Eating Togethertakes us into the heart of the tastes, smells, sounds, and sights of public commonality in Singapore and Malaysia.”                                                              
        —David Sutton, Southern Illinois University
“This book is a testament to the possibility of bringing together rich, sensuous writing with a sensible politics of eating-together-in-difference that avoids the dual traps of easy sentimentalism about palatal multiculturalism and cynicism about cross-cultural exchanges. That is a remarkable achievement that opens many sensory, ethical, and critical possibilities.” 
        —Krishnendu Ray, associate professor; chair, Department of Nutrition, 
            Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University
“This book astutely maps the ways in which the rich sedimentation of local culinary habits modify commodified globalization.” 
        —Sneja Gunew, 
            FRSC, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies
Accepting the challenge of rethinking connections of food, space, and identity within everyday spaces of “public” eating in Malaysia and Singapore, Jean Duruz and Gaik Cheng Khoo enter street stalls, hawker centers, markets, cafés, restaurants, “food streets,” and “ethnic” neighborhoods to offer a broader picture of the meaning of eating in public places. This book creates a strong sense of the ways different people live, eat, work, and relax together, and it also traces negotiations and accommodations in these dynamics. Ultimately, the book traces the political tensions of “different” people living together, and the search for home and identity in a world on the move. Simply put, Eating Together is about understanding complex forms of multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore through the mind, tongue, nose, and eyes. 
Jean Duruz, PhD, is an adjunct senior research fellow at the Hawke Research Institute of the University of South Australia. Her research has been published in journals such as New Formations, Cultural Studies Review, and Gastronomica. She has also contributed to various anthologies, and recently she co-edited and contributed to special issues of Continuum and Cultural Studies Review
Gaik Cheng Khoo, PhD, is associate professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Nottingham–Malaysia. She is the author of Reclaiming Adat: Contemporary Malaysian Film and Literature. She has published in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Asian Cinema, South East Asia Research Concentric, and various anthologies, including Amanda Wise and Selvaraj Velayutham’s Everyday Multiculturalism. Her more recent publications appear in Asian Studies Review, Citizenship Studies, and anthologies.
Posted in Social Studies

Melayu Singapura: Sebagai Kaum Minoriti dan Muslim

Author: Hussin Mutalib
Format: Paperback 324 pp.
Subject: Ethnic Studies, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630793
Publisher: SIRD & NUS Press
Published: 2015
Price: RM38.00

Orang Melayu merupakan antara tiga kaum terbesar di Republik ini. Buku ini mengetengahkan permasalahan dan analisis menyeluruh mengenai ‘cerita orang Melayu Singapura’. Dibentang dan dibahaskan secara menyakinkan, penulis menganalisis kesemua aspek penting dan mencabar yang dilalui masyarakat Melayu – merangkumi isu-isu politik, pendidikan, ekonomi, sosial, agama dan kepimpinan. Buku ini adalah sumbangan amat penting dalam usaha kita memahami orang Islam Singapura dan liku-liku hidup yang mereka alami sebagai rakyat sebuah negeri global. Buku ini amat berguna kepada para pengkaji dan penyelidik serta golongan pelajar dan pembaca umum yang berminat dalam bidang-bidang Pengajian Singapura, Pengajian Asia Tenggara, Permasalahan Kaum Minoriti, Dunia Melayu dan Islam di Asia. 

Tentang Penulis

Hussin Mutalib, Ph.D., telah mengajar di Jabatan Sains Politik Universiti Nasional Singapura (NUS) selama lebih 30 tahun. Beliau banyak mengkaji dan menerbitkan buku dan artikel mengenai isu-isu politik dan kemasyarakatan – di Singapura, Asia Tenggara, Timur Tengah dan Dunia Islam amnya. Profesor Hussin juga pernah diundang sebagai Fulbright Fellow/Profesor Pelawat di universiti-universiti terulung dunia seperti Universiti Harvard, Universiti Oxford, Universiti California (Berkeley), London School of Economics and Political Science, Universiti Hawaii, Universiti Kaherah, dan Universiti Jordan.

Posted in Ethnic Studies, Malay Books, Social Studies

Early Child Care and Education in Malaysia: Towards Professionalisation

Authors: Lydia Foong, Palanisamy K. Veloo and Mogana Dhamotharan
Format: Paperback, 110 pages
Subjects: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630472
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM35.00

Malaysia is the home of close to thirty million people in the 2013 population census, of whom more than 9.5 million are children under the age of 18. There are approximately 2.5 million children who are four years old and below, and 2.5 million children between ages five to nine.

More than a quarter of our children are below five years of age; they are often taken care of by caregivers other than their parents. The number of young children from infant to four years of age enrolled at childcare centres is expected to grow four or five fold; and preschool children’s enrollment is expected to increase to 97 percent by 2020.

Despite childcare centres being regulated by the Department of Social Welfare, only two out of ten childcare providers in each centre have a basic childcare training certificate. Private preschools regulated by the Ministry of Education have less than 10% of their teachers qualified with the Diploma in early childhood education.

This phenomenon is raising a number of serious questions on the quality standard of services offered by private ECCE centres in Malaysia, in particular the teaching and learning processes, the overall status of professionalism and the structure that supports it, and how the transition to primary schools can be managed effectively.

Will the private ECCE workforce be ready for the transformation that is taking place in the services for young children? How will training of childcare providers and preschool teachers be ramped Up to reach the aspired outcomes?

This book reviews the status and work conditions of the ECCE workforce in the private sector in Malaysia in the hope to put into perspective environmental factors in the workplace that cause people to either have a positive or negative attitude towards their job. The authors through this study provide recommendation for ECCE stakeholders to realise their obligations to recognise the potential of staff members and help them fulfil their needs for self-actualization.

Posted in Education, English Books, Social Studies

Politics of the Temporary: An Ethnography of Migrant Life in Urban Malaysia

Author: Parthiban Muniandy
Format: Paperback, 184 pp.
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630489
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM25.00

For more than three decades Malaysia’s economic growth has been driven in part by the skills and sweat of large numbers of migrant workers. The country has become the temporary home for more than two million documented migrants. Many more than that are undocumented, living precarious lives on the margins of society.

In cities like Kuala Lumpur and George Town, workers from Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, the Philippines, Vietnam and China contribute in seen and unseen ways to the lives of others. They are the servers and cooks in restaurants, maids and nannies in homes, street cleaners, construction workers, social escorts, sex workers and micro-entrepreneurs.

But very little is known or understood about their everyday lives. Their voices have been silent. For the first time, Politics of the Temporary details the rich, complex and often difficult realities of the lives of migrants in Malaysia – experiences that are for the most part hidden from public consciousness and awareness.

Through a series of reflective and critical ethnographic notes – and told in the words of migrants themselves – Parthiban Muniandy provides an intimate examination of the many ways that migrants adapt to life in the city, their innovative strategies for coping with pressures of work and discrimination, and their capacity to forge new networks and build informal communities.

This book should be read by all those interested in the harsh realities of contemporary labour migration and social inequalities in a developing economy.

About the Author

Parthiban Muniandy is a doctoral student at the Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, USA. He has conducted fieldwork for the past seven years on the politics of temporary migration in Malaysia. He has published on religious movements and democratic politics in Malaysia, global migration, development discourses and US media portrayals of Muslim societies. He is an advocate of critical pedagogy and social justice, an active organiser for graduate employees and low-wage campus workers, and a former youth campaigner for Amnesty International.

Posted in English Books, Politics, Social Studies

Bahasa dan Tantangan Intelektualisme

Author: Azhar Ibrahim
Format: Paperback, 270 pages
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630380
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM38.00

Buku ini membincangkan isu-isu pokok mengenai fungsi bahasa, pemikiran, permasalahan, visi, pembelajaran dan pendidikan bahasa, perancangan dan pengintelektualan bahasa, peranan inteligentsia dan cabaran membina bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa yang hidup, dinamik dan moden. Fungsi bahasa Melayu bukan hanya alat komunikasi bersifat formalistik, estetik, bernilai warisan semata, tetapi sebagai ranah yang memberi makna kehidupan, pengertian kemanusiaan utuh, saluran kreatif dan kritis untuk membangunkan bangsa. Peranan elit bahasa dihuraikan sebagai ‘Penjana intelektual’ tetapi sebahagian elit bahasa Melayu didapati ‘muflis citarasa intelektual’ dan terjerat dalam pendekatan formalisme. Buku ini dikupas dengan pendekatan sains sosial yang tersusun, dengan hujah yang meyakinkan dan pengucapan segar; didasari dengan intisari pemikiran intelektual nusantara dan dunia seperti Syed Hussein Alatas, Za’ba, Mochtar Lubis, Rustam Sani, Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, Erich Fromm, Edward Said dan Karl Mannheim.

Buku ini membuka luas jendela wacana bahasa Melayu dan menghembus semangat intelektualisme dalam rumah Pengajian Melayu-Indonesia. Penerokaan dan penggalian Azhar Ibrahim di taman bahasa ini mampu menggugah dan menjadi tantangan minda kepada para sarjana, pendidik, penulis, wartawan, pelajar dan peminat bahasa Melayu.

—  Profesor Madya Dr. Hadijah bte Rahmat
Pemangku Ketua, Kumpulan Akademik Bahasa dan Kebudayaan Asia
Institut Pendidikan Kebangsaan, Universiti Teknologi Nanyang

Dr. Azhar Ibrahim, dalam kedudukannya sebagai intelektual muda berwawasan luas dan berpandangan tajam mengenai masalah humaniora, sadar benar, bahwa bahasa, yang menurut Karl Marx merupakan pencapaian manusia, tidak mungkin dibiarkan berkembang tanpa arah. Bahasa, baik sebagai wadah pemikiran maupun sebagai wahana komunikasi, pasti terikat oleh kaedah-kaedah tertentu yang berkaitan dengan dimensi kebudayaan, dimensi kebangsaan, dan dimensi dinamika serta kreativiti, perlu dikawal dan dipertanggung-jawabkan secara ilmiah.

Siapa yang perlu mengawal, tentunya tidak lain adalah kaum intelektual, dan makna ‘intelektual’ di sini tidak selamanya berkaitan dengan pendidikan tinggi, akan tetapi dengan rasa tanggung jawab untuk memajukan kebudayaan, baik kebudayaan suatu bangsa tertentu, maupun dalam hubungannya dengan kebudayaan-kebudayaan lain.

Dalam mengawal perkembangan bahasa, sebagaimana yang dikemukakan secara implisit oleh Friedrich Waismann dan dikutip dalam buku ini, kaum intelektual perlu memiliki sikap yang luwes atau flexible, agar bahasa mampu menampung dinamika zaman tanpa mencederai hakikat bahasa baik sebagai wadah pemikiran maupun sebagai wahana komunikasi.

Kendati, sekali lagi, makna ‘intelektual’ tidak selamanya berkaitan dengan pendidikan tinggi, mau tidak mau masalah kebahasaan tidak mungkin dilepaskan dari peran pendidik, dan karena itu, pendidikan merupakan wahana penting dalam mengawal dan mempertanggungjawabkan perkembangan bahasa.

— Prof Emeritus Budi Darma
Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Indonesia

Posted in Malay Books, Social Studies

Affirmative Action or Discrimination? A Comparative Study of Higher Education in the US and Malaysia

Author: Kong Wee Cheng
Format: Paperback, 102 pages
Subjects: Education, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630304
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM23.00

Preferential treatment policy has been in place in the United States and Malaysia for over a few decades. What are the consequences of preferential treatment in higher education in Malaysia and the United States? Have this preferential policy achieved its initial goals? How do members of the beneficiary and non-beneficiary groups respond to it? Does preferential treatment policy resulted in ethnic polarisation?

This book addresses the origins including the political implications of preferential policy in Malaysia and the United States. It seeks an in-depth understanding of the consequences of the policy.

Posted in Education, English Books, Social Studies

Konsep Wira Dalam Masyarakat Melayu: Membelai Romantisme Dekaden (Edisi Baru)

Author: Shaharuddin Maaruf
Format: Paperback, 153 pages
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630434
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM20.00

Persoalan kepimpinan sesungguhnya asasi bagi kemajuan sesebuah masyarakat. Justeru, konsepsinya apa itu keperwiraan atau heroic adalah signifikan, dalam pengertian ia mencoraki sebahagiannya pola motivasi mereka yang terlibat. Pengarang buku ini berusaha mengkaji konsepsi wira sebagai yang dipamirkan golongan pemerintah. Ia menjejaki hubungannya dengan berbagai peristiwa penting dalam sejarah Melayu buat menunjukkan kepentingan temanya…Mereka yang kurang bersetuju dengan beberapa kenyataan dalam buku ini seharusnya sanggup menolaknya secara logik dan tersusun. Namun apa jua sambutannya, yang pasti, cara pengarang mengolah persoalan menyajikan satu pembacaan yang menarik. Setiap orang yang berhasrat mendalami lagi pengertiannya tentang masyarakat Melayu tidak mampu mengabaikan buku ini.

Buku ini sebenarnya adalah lebih tentang pemuja wira dari tentang wira. Ia mengkaji tokoh-tokoh hanya sekadar mereka itu mencerminkan nilai-nilai dan idealisme pemuja-pemuja mereka sendiri. Tumpuan buku bukanlah untuk meleraikan perbahasan tokoh-tokoh mana yang sepatutnya dinobatkan sebagai wira-wira Melayu, baik Hang Tuah atau pun Hang Jebat sekali pun. Persoalan bagi buku ini tetap terutamanya tertumpu kepada pengamatan nilai-nilai dan idealisme Melayu, kesedaran jati diri dan budaya. Buku menyelidik kuasa-kuasa sosial yang telah membina dan mencoraki nilai-nilai dan idealisme tersebut, seperti tercermin dalam dinamika dan ideologi kumpulan, jua kepentingan-kepentingan terpendam mereka yang terlibat.

(Dari Prakata pengarang)

Posted in Malay Books, Politics, Social Studies

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

The Peaceful People: The Penan and their Fight for the Forest

Author: Paul Malone
Format: Paperback, 285 pages
Subjects: Ethnic Studies, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630366
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM48.00

The Peaceful People is the story of the Penan, the jungle nomads of Sarawak, who for decades have fought for possession and preservation of their traditional forest lands. Drawing on extensive first-hand interviews, as well as the diaries and journals of explorers, botanists and colonial administrators, and the observations of missionaries, the book provides the most comprehensive account of the dynamics of Penan society to date. Written in a compelling and accessible style, the narrative tells the shocking history of the Penan, exposing massacres and murders, while recounting the nomads’ uniquely shy and peaceful way of life. In particular, the analysis focuses on the Penan’s consistently non-violent modern-day protests against rampant logging which attracted world attention in the 1980s and 1990s. The Peaceful People is essential reading for those interested in the history and culture of Borneo, the politics of logging and development, and the lives of indigenous peoples who seek new ways to survive in a hostile world.

About the author

Paul Malone is an Australian journalist with thirty years’ experience, having worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian Financial Review and The Canberra Times. He currently writes a weekly column for The Canberra Times. He first visited Borneo in 1974, and started work on this book in 2007 when he wrote a series of articles on Eastern Penan’s logging road blockades.

Posted in English Books, Ethnic Studies, Social Studies

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

Concept of a Hero in Malay Society

Author: Shaharuddin Maaruf
Format: Paperback, 146 pages
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630298
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM23.00
“Yet another constant response had been to place the burden of anointing heroes on the book, grudging it for its criticisms of socially or popularly acknowledged heroes. The writer is often chided ‘who do you think then should be Malay heroes?’.  Such retort always impressed me how the process of social evaluation remain closed to many, hence their lack of self-introspection. They feel it is a question of finding and installing heroes in a detach manner, little realizing their values, ideals and humanity is very much bound with the process.

“The author of this book attempts to study the Malay conception of the hero as projected by the ruling class…The readers would benefit greatly from the book. They would attain a better understanding of Malay politics and cultural life. This is the first attempt made to study the conception of the hero in Malay society…the way the author tackles the problem makes interesting reading. Anyone aspiring to have a better understanding of Malay society cannot afford to neglect the book” – Foreword by Syed Hussein Alatas.

“This book is not so much on heroes as on hero worshippers. It studies heroes to the extent they reflect the values and ideals of their worshippers themselves. It is not really addressed towards resolving the debate which personality should be heralded as Malay heroes, be it Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat or anybody else for that matter. The interest of the book remains primarily an examination of Malay values and ideals, the sense of cultural identity. The book examines the social-historical forces that had shaped those values and ideals, as reflected in group dynamics and ideologies, as well as the vested interests involved” – Preface by Shaharuddin Maaroof.

Posted in English Books, History, Social Studies

Malay Ideas on Development: From Feudal Lord to Capitalist

Author: Shaharuddin Maaruf
Format: Paperback, 204 pages
Subjects: Economics, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630281
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM30.00

“…Formally speaking, the New Economy Policy had been replaced by the New Economic Order, which had been promulgated in the name of liberalism. Thus it may seem that the issues and concerns addressed by the book had been rendered irrelevant by the shift in policy. Against such proposition, I must say that my book addresses itself to the question of ideas, principles and weltanschaaung beyond mere policies and formality. It is therefore too early in the day to conclude that the new liberalism has definitively replaced the New Economic Policy (NEP) as an era and ethos, throwing into question the relevance of this book. It may well turn out to be that the issues and concerns of the book transcend superficial policy changes in a more fundamental way.”

– Shaharuddin Maaruf
University of Malaya

“The sweep through the history of Malay political ideas which is to be encountered in Malay Ideas on Development from Feudal Lord to Capitalist – a sweep achieved with analytic skill and clarity – will stimulate new readers to seek more detailed examination of one targeted writer or another. Creating such desire is an indication of the book’s effectiveness. Juxtaposing one thinker with another, setting modern debate in the context of traditional political thought, proposing categories or streams of political thinking – ‘capitalistic nationalism’, ‘traditionalistic nationalism’ and so forth – is the best possible way of promoting a greater interest in the history of Malay political thinking, and not just as an academic enterprise. Shaharuddin Maaruf is one of a small handful of scholarly pioneers whose work has the capacity to enrich the quality of political debate in Malaysia.”

-Anthony Milner
Basham Professor for Asian History,
Australian National University

Posted in Economics, English Books, History, Social Studies

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

Cendekiawan Melayu Penyuluh Emansipasi

Author/Editor: Azhar Ibrahim
Format: Paperback, 258 pages
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630137
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM33.00
…para inteligensia kita seharusnya memikul tugas kemanusiaan dengan berfungsi sebagai peninjau idea dan penggerak menyanggah autoriti kuku besi dan salah guna kuasa, serta mengungkap gagasan idealisme pembaharuan yang boleh diterokai dalam masyarakatnya, dengan menyemai pemikiran kritis dan kreatif yang penting dalam menyuguhkan budaya berfikir. Mentelah lagi, di saat-saat ketaksuban idea dan rasa defensive apabila identiti agama/budaya kita dipalitkan dengan penjenayahan keganasan dan rasisme, adalah menjadi kewajiban di kalangan para inteligensia (a) memperbetulkan prejudis manusia yang senang mencari kambing hitam sebagai sasaran kebenciannya; (b) mengafirmasi moral restraint dalam keadaan saling tuduh dan saling berdendam; (c) menepis segala bentuk dogmatisme yang datang menjelma dalam berbagai aliran pemikiran baik agama, kebudayaan, politik dan sebagainya.

Azhar Ibrahim menghimpun makalah-makalah berkenaan para inteligensia khasnya dari sudut gagasan pemikiran yang mereka bawa. Pertemuan dan perkenalan beliau dengan mahaguru, sasterawan dan budayawan menginspirasi untuk mengenali kelompok ini dengan lebih lanjut sehingga  dikumpulkan menjadi sebuah buku yang sekarang berada di tangan anda.

Hal ini agar termaklum bahawa golongan intelektual/inteligensia adalah kelompok yang penting dalam setiap masyarakat kerana mereka menjadi obor pencerahan, pengaju keadilan dan penyeru kepada perubahan dan kemajuan. Masyarakat yang terkebelakang mungkin dapat memecahkan belenggu masalah sekiranya ia memiliki kelompok intelektual berfungsi, yang tentunya didukungi oleh kepimpinan negara yang bervisi dan beretika.

Azhar Ibrahim adalah Felo Pelawat di Jabatan Pengajian Melayu, Universiti Nasional Singapura (NUS). Beliau meraih ijazah Doktor Falsafah dan Sarjana dari universiti yang sama dalam pengkhususan Pengajian Melayu, khasnya dalam bidang sastera Melayu klasik, pemikiran Islam Nusantara, dan wacana sastera dan inteligensia Melayu masa kini. Sebelum berkhidmat di NUS, beliau pernah menjadi pensyarah di Institut Pendidikan Nasional, Universiti Teknologi Nanyang. Tumpuan kajian beliau adalah sosiologi sastera, teologi sosial, wacana kebudayaan, peradaban dan pemikiran Islam, serta minat dalam hal-hal literasi kritis dan pembangunan intelektual Melayu. Beliau telah selesai menamatkan kajian pasca-doktoral di Fakulti Teologi, Universiti Kopenhagen, Denmark dan di Universiti Stanford, Amerika Syarikat pada 2009-2011.

Posted in Malay Books, Social Studies

Budaya Makanan Cina Peranakan Terengganu dan Kelantan: Penyelarasan Identiti dan Kontradiksi Dalaman

Authors: Kamarudin Ngah, Mohd Shah Imran Lim Abdullah and Tan Yao Sua
Format: Paperback, 107 pages
Subjects: Arts & Culture, Ethnic Studies, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789670630267
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2014
Price: RM20.00


Monograf ini meninjau budaya makanan dua kumpulan Cina Peranakan yang menetap di pantai timur Semenanjung Malaysia, iaitu Cina Peranakan Tirok di negeri Terengganu dan Cina Peranakan Pasir Parit di negeri Kelantan.

Tumpuan utamanya adalah terhadap dua jenis makanan yang memperlihatkan kedinamikan kedua-dua kumpulan Cina Peranakan ini menyelaraskan identiti mereka, iaitu identiti Melayu yang dipupuk menerusi proses akulturasi dan identiti asal yang diwarisi daripada generasi awal.

Dua jenis makanan tersebut ialah makanan harian dan makanan upacara penyembahan nenek moyang. Dari segi makanan harian, kedua-dua kumpulan Cina Peranakan ini amat dipengaruhi oleh budaya makanan penduduk Melayu tempatan. Dengan kata lain, makanan harian mereka menonjolkan proses lokalisasi makanan yang cukup ketara.

Walau bagaimanapun, makanan harian yang disediakan oleh mereka itu turut terdiri daripada makanan hibrid yang mengadunkan budaya makanan yang berbeza. Biarpun makanan hibrid ini hanya disediakan sekali sekala, ia tetap merupakan satu kontradiksi dalaman kepada budaya makanan harian mereka, lebih-lebih lagi makanan hibrid tersebut rata-rata membabitkan penggunaan bahan masakan yang istimewa kepada orang Cina tetapi dilarang oleh agama Islam.

Sementara itu, makanan upacara penyembahan nenek moyang yang disediakan oleh mereka itu bertujuan untuk memperkukuh ikatan primordial mereka dan oleh itu, makanan tersebut terdiri daripada makanan yang sama ada memperlihatkan identiti makanan Cina yang ketara atau simbolisme makanan yang dapat mendukung pengekalan dan kesinambungan salasilah keturunan dan persanakan keluarga mereka.

Namun, terdapat juga kontradiksi dalaman dari segi penyediaan makanan ini kerana sesetengah makanan yang disediakan oleh mereka itu terdiri daripada makanan tempatan dan makanan hibrid yang menyebabkan penghakisan identiti primordial mereka. Pendek kata, kedua-dua jenis makanan ini menonjolkan kekompleksitian Cina Peranakan Tirok dan Pasir Parit menyelaraskan identiti mereka menerusi budaya makanan mereka yang bersifat silang budaya itu.

Posted in Arts & Culture, Ethnic Studies, Malay Books, Social Studies

Cultural Mapping: A Guide to Understanding Place, Community And Continuity

Author: Janet Pillai
Format: Paperback, 106 pages
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789675832826
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2013
Price: RM38.00


“This manual on cultural mapping provides an invaluable resource for everyone interested in having a deeper understanding of the unique character and identity of a historic place and its community. The simple step by step procedures outlining the processes, tools and techniques for collecting and assessing the cultural assets and resources of any community provide the user with a clear methodology to unravel the complex and significant elements which wake up any human settlement. This has been further demonstrated with the illustration from a case study of cultural mapping within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town, Penang. The manual is a remarkable resource which advocates that cultural mapping becomes the basis for all future urban planning studies to ensure that sensitive and appropriate decisions are made in the management and development of historic sites and communities. A must-use for policy makers, planners, cultural advocates and community leaders.”

Ar. Laurence Loh
Deputy President, the Heritage of Malaysia Trust
(Badan Warisan Malaysia)

Posted in English Books, Social Studies

Braemar… Bila perempuan tua dan anak muda bangkit!

Author: S. Arutchelvan
Format: Paperback, 232 pages
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789832344179
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2013
Price: RM20.00


Rumah – keperluan asas, suatu hak asasi. Hayati detik-detik perjuangan 14 keluarga untuk rumah selama 10 tahun. Perjuangan yang mengajar siapa kawan dan siapa musuh. Perjuangan yang telah membawa warga tua dan anak-anak muda sama-sama bangkit melawan keangkuhan pemaju, polis, samseng dan ahli-ahli politik.

Umur bukan halangan, jantina bukan alasan, perpaduan dan kewibawaan kelas satu-satunya titik persamaan yang akan menentukan kejayaan perjuangan kelas bawahan. Taktik-taktik yang diguna pakai, konflik antara kepentingan masyarakat dan individu, insiden-insiden yang tidak dijangka memang akan mengkagumkan pembaca. Sejarah telah dicipta dan ia telah dicatatkan dengan begitu teliti ……

Pustaka Kiri,
Balakong Kajang

Posted in Malay Books, Social Studies

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


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

“.. 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,

“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,

“..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,

Posted in English Books, Politics, Social Studies

Membina Bangsa Malaysia

Editors: Abu Hassan Hasbullah and Aida Idris
Format: Paperback, 199 pages
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789675832468
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2012
Price: RM23.00
Hasil kolaborasi enam orang penulis akademik dan bukan akademik, buku ini merupakan suatu usaha untuk mengupas cabaran dan hala-tuju rakyat Malaysia dalam membina identiti sebagai sebuah bangsa dari pelbagai aspek kenegaraan.

Aziz Bari memberi analisa kritikal tentang undang-undang, hak asasi manusia dan demokrasi; sementara kebebasan media dan maklumat serta potensi teknologi baharu dibicarakan oleh Ooi Heng.

Aida Idris merumuskan perkembangan serta masa depan ekonomi, manakala Dinsman merenung perkembangan seni-budaya dari perspektif seorang aktivis.

Permasalahan kepimpinan remaja dalam masyarakat multi-etnik ditinjau oleh Abu Hassan Hasbullah, dan akhir sekali Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh membincangkan suatu pendekatan holistik mengenai modal insan dan pembangunan sumber manusia.

Diharap penerbitan buku ini akan mencetuskan perbahasan yang sihat dan konstruktif untuk memajukan tanahair dan membina bangsa Malaysia, terutamanya dalam situasi di mana terdapat usaha di kalangan sesetengah pihak untuk memecah-belahkan perpaduan bangsa. Sememangnya, tanpa perbincangan yang jujur lagi terbuka, agak sukar bagi kita maju bersama.

Jomo KS

Posted in Malay Books, Social Studies

Our Stories: Migration and Labour in Taiwan

Author/Editor: Ku Yu-ling
Format: Paperback 337 pp.
Subject: Social Studies
ISBN: 9789675832260
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2011
Price: RM40.00
Our Stories is not only about the lives of individuals; it is also a collective and social history of Taiwan. This is the contribution of Yu-ling and the activists in solidarity with the marginalized and the grassroots for the past two decades.”
– J
eng Tsuen-chyi, founder of Raging Citizens Act Now (RCAN)
“Without Yu-Ling’s excellent book, will i ever cry for ‘Our Stories’? No. What Yu-ling has accomplished is to translate ‘Us’ for ‘Them’, so that they know…
– Hou Hsiao-hsien, internationally renowned film director
“Yu-ling has given an entirely new meaning to the international boundaries of ‘Us’. Her book has humbled, shamed and shocked us… this is a truly moving book.”
– Lo Yi-Chin, novelist
“This is a highly literary book; the author has successfully fused literature and reportage together. Yu-ling has given us a unique perspective about the new migrants in our society, and described each and every one of them in a sensitive and sophisticated way with ease. It is a book difficult to put down once you have started reading.”
– Chen Kuan-hsing, a
uthor of De-imperialization: Asia as method
Posted in Politics, Social Studies

Indian Transmigrants: Malaysian and Comparative Essays

Author: Ravindra K. Jain
Format: Paperback, 267 pages
Subjects: Greater Asia, Social Studies
ISBN: 9789675832246
Publisher: SIRD
Published: 2011
Price: RM35.00
Given the range, intensity and magnitude of contemporary transnational migrations, it seems entirely appropriate to designate this ‘world on the move’ as comprising, from our point of view, of Indian transmigrants. The movement and global adaptations of this population are spread beyond single home and host societies to multiple locales both vertically and horizontally. Ravindra Jain’s empirical studies in this book radiate from the vicissitudes of migrants from India to Malaysia on to those in the Caribbean and further on to Australia. The spectrum of globalization in our times necessitates comparisons over still larger territories; therefore, while focusing on particular Indian transmigrants, East and West, Jain’s perspectival vision encompasses the entire field of modern Indian diaspora.
As a pioneering and singularly wide-ranging narrative of the diaspora, based primarily on the author’s fieldwork, this book unravels facets of socio-cultural pluralism, hybridization, ethnic movements, politico-economic mobility and global modernity over a vast territory. The rich ethnographic detail is interleaved throughout with acute analysis and interpretation. The methodology adopted here invites comparisons over a still wider terrain and is therefore of immense relevance to all students of globalization, international migration, socio-cultural transformation and political economy in the new millennium, with special reference to the Asia-Pacific region.
Posted in English Books, Social Studies