Thursday, June 17, 2010

Without ikan bilis

Without Anchovies by Chua Kok Yee

"... In my thirty years of teaching, I have seen many of my former students grow up and take on unexpected roles in life; star athletes have ended up working as illegal car jockeys, mediocre students have become millionaires, and perfectly decent boys are now politicians."
as said by Cikgu Preetam in Perfect Prefect

Heart-rending, hilarious, irreverent, fantastical, macabre and one hundred per cent Malaysian, all at the same time, these twenty-two stories by Chua Kok Yee explore what it is like to live in this bizarre country. And the message is all about hope. These are stories of Malaysian, by a Malaysian, for Malaysians. No apologies asked for, or given.

Chua Kok Yee is an old-fashioned yarn-spinner with a thoroughly modern sensibility, and many of the tales in Without Anchovies would make great short films.
Amir Muhammad
Writer and independent filmmaker
Other new Malaysian books:
1. Rojak by Amir Muhammad
2. Tapai by Hishamuddin Rais

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Islamization and Activism in Malaysia

Islamization and Activism in Malaysia by  Julian C.H. Lee

Islamization and Activism in Malaysia examines aspects of the increasing political and social profile of Islam in Malaysia and describes how different kinds of activists in Malaysia have sought to protect fundamental liberties and to improve the state of democracy in Malaysia. In particular, focus is paid to activists who engage with electoral process, the law and the public sphere, and in particular, to movements that cut across or combine these realms of action. Spanning the period of the Prime Ministership of Abdullah Badawi, Julian C.H. Lee's grounded analysis examines the most important issues of that period including the freedom of religion case of Lina Joy, the Islamic state debate, and events surrounding the 8 March 2008 general elections.

Other new books on the shelf:
1. Borneo and Beyond by Peter Eaton
2. Corruption is my Name by Don Patrick

(All these books are available from our online bookshop.)