Archive for February, 2007

Banning History: When Will Malaysia Learn To Live With Her Past?

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Scholars who are engaged in the humanities will tell you that History happens to be one of the most politically-contested disciplines. It is well known by now that the writing of history is hardly ever an innocent process, and that any claim – no matter how laudable or couched in lofty prose – to objectivity [...]

The running amok of the Malay

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Written by Rajen Panikkar
The running amok of the Malay: a mental ‘culture-bound’ syndrome or another myth of the ‘native races’?
Born and raised in Malaysia, and having lived there for much of my life, I am of course familiar with the Malay’s alleged tendency to unpredictable murderous frenzy, his ‘running amok’. The Malay’s tendency to run [...]

The Forgotten Female Saint of Penang: Fatimah Nachiar Merican

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Written by Yasmine Merican
Last Eid, I finally visited the graves of my ancestor, Kapitan Keling, Caudeer Mohideen Merican, and his wives in Kampong Kolam, Penang. This is, after all, the man whose surname I have been using all my life. He left his family, people, and the island of Penang many legacies. With his own [...]

Minding One’s Religion

Monday, February 5th, 2007

There is hate mail, and there is hate mail. This week I received one that was succinct and to the point: The writer, like many of his or her ilk, was hidden behind the cloak of a pseudonym as is often the case. But whoever the person may be, he or [...]