ImageDr. Farish Ahmad-Noor is a Senior Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technical University (NTU), Singapore where he is Director of Research for the Research Cluster on Transnational Religion in Southeast Asia. He is also guest affiliated Professor at both Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS) and Sunan Kalijaga Islamic University, Jogjakarta. He is the author of ‘Writings on the War on Terror’ (2006), ‘From Majapahit to Putrajaya’ (2005) and ‘Islam Embedded: The Historical Development of PAS’ (2004). He collects antiques for a hobby; travels dangerously to find himself and is taken for walks when he’s been a good boy. He lives for the day when he will quit smoking for good.

Farish can be contacted at farish @

Image Dr. Yusseri Yusoff is an engineer by training, a company man by default and a consultant by accident. He tends to discover new ideas in the morning, and finds out that they’re old ideas already discovered by others in the afternoon. He agreed to help Farish build TOM because he felt that the guy knew how to explain stuff better than he can, and because activism sometimes means doing what little you can. He doesn’t think that pluralism, liberalism, multiculturalism, and several other kinds of -isms are necessarily cuss words. And he intends to keep Farish smoking until he himself quits someday.

Yusseri’s personal blog can be found here:

Yusseri can be contacted at yusseri @





ImageRachel Leow is an aspiring historian at Cambridge University and is quite tired of people asking her why she chose history when she could be a management consultant and make millions instead. She believes that Malaysian history has been systematically racialized, and is troubled that this official history is written into school curricula and rarely questioned. In her spare time, she reads, travels and dispenses idle thoughts at She also smokes the shisha occasionally, and has no intention of giving up.
She can be contacted at: girl AT idlethink DOT com

ImageDr. Rajen Panikkar teaches at the Psychology Department of Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand. Born in Malaysia, he worked in corporate research before he turned to the humanities in search of a viable way of resisting. He regularly returns to Malaysia for extended periods; most recently to work on environmental projects. One of these was the establishment of the recently gazetted Taman Warisan Selangor, or the Selangor Heritage Park, for which he was the project manager.



ImageMaloti Ray is a doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne, researching urban spaces in Kuala Lumpur. She thinks of architecture as conversations between people and places.






Yasmine Merican is a seventh generation descendant of Caudeer Mohideen Merican with his third wife, Tunku Maheran. She is fascinated with the influence of Sufism in both her paternal and maternal side of the family, the Mericans and the Al-attas of Hadramaut, Yemen. Yasmine is currently a PhD candidate in the field of International Economics at University Putra Malaysia.