Archive for the 'Malaysian Narratives' Category

The Politics of Grace

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Written by Rachel Leow
When I think of the American election and the way in which it was won, I am endlessly struck by the fact that such a very great war was won with such very small battles. In the most literal, immediate sense, one can see this on any election map of America, with [...]

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar on The Politics Of Race

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

It is abundantly clear that the politics of race has slowly and surely brought to this country to the brink of disaster.
We are a nation divided, kept from strength by divisive policies that constantly remind us of our differences  rather than our similarities and, in doing so, breed distrust and weakness. We have been reduced [...]

Open Letter To Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, PM

Monday, November 12th, 2007

A FICTION WRITER WRITES IN SUPPORT OF JOURNALISTS
Dear Prime Minister Abdullah,
26 September 2007 saw two thousand lawyers “Walk for Justice” to defend the good name and protest the sliding standards of their profession. “When lawyers march,” said Ambiga Sreenevasan, President of the Bar Council, “something must be wrong.”
Last Saturday (10 November 2007), 40,000 people from [...]

My Merdeka Heroes

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Written by Syazana Fatkhi
I recently attended the Parlimentary roundtable affirming that Malaysia is indeed a secular state (August 10) and I learned so much about the history of Malaysia, from gender-bias, legal, religious, political, scholarly, legislative to parliamentary standpoints, which opened my eyes to a bigger understanding of my country, Malaysia.
But I couldn’t help but [...]

The Great Malaysian Paradox

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Written by Dr. Dzulkifli Ahmad
The deputy premier’s (DPM) pronouncement that Malaysia is an Islamic state has sent shock waves across the nation, as expected. Already we are measuring swords between detractors and advocates of the ‘Islamic state’.
He chose an opportune time to unleash his well contrived strategy. What better than to issue the statement when [...]

The Price of Healthcare

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Written by Yvonne Foong
I was overjoyed when Dr. Friedman offered to remove my brain tumour for free. The phone call from the U.S. was brief, but he spoke with such confidence, I knew his offer would come true.
After weeks of planning, visa application, and paperwork, I made my way to Los Angeles three months later. [...]

Landmarks of Kuala Lumpur: From Definition to Preservation.

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Written by Maloti Ray
This article was commissioned by The Annexe, Central Market
for its inaugural exhibition: “NYKL - Landmarks of New York and Kuala Lumpur”. In this exhibition, the US Embassy celebrates the 40th anniversary of the New York Landmark Preservation Act, each of the 81 photos in this travelling show documenting a New York [...]

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 [...]

Whither Malaysian History? Or, Why History Matters

Monday, December 4th, 2006

By Rachel Leow
If history is about the construction of a picture of the past from its traces today, it is also about the interstices between those traces, which we might call historical silences. Silences enter the process of historical production at three moments: the moment of fact creation (when people write, film, photograph, build, paint [...]