by Liew Chin Tong

by Liew Chin Tong

The articles and essays in this book are arranged in such a way that they reflect the thoughts and ideas of Liew Chin Tong. It is the author’s journey throughout 2003 – 2009.

Part I deals with the author’s key ideas such as his reflections on the political awakening of the reformasi generation, i.e. those who witnessed the political upheaval of 1998 when then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad sacked his deputy Datuk Seri
Anwar Ibrahim for alleged abuse of power and sexual misconduct. Until today the sexual allegations have never been proven.

Chin Tong also shares the trials and tribulations of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) as well as its victory in the political tsunami of March 8, 2008 in his article We went through hell and back. The article Lets fight it out was written in anticipation of a serious political crisis, penned just days before Barisan Nasional usurped power in Perak via the defection of two assemblymen from both Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP.

Part II is all about the reign of fifth Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi whose era is remembered by many as the years of folly, flip-flopping and nothing much, as well as the rise of racial politics. The articles Abdullah’s long honeymoon over and Abdullah’s last chance to build legacy illustrate his points. The author also shares his participation in some of the by-elections held after March 8, 2008 such as the Permatang Pauh
by-election, which saw the return of Anwar Ibrahim to Parliament, and the Kuala Terengganu by-election that retained PAS comfortably after BN put forward an unpopular candidate linked to the camp of Abdullah Badawi. This is made clear in his article, My candidate, your problem. Chin Tong also explains the role played by Mahathir in destroying Abdullah’s government in He helped rid two PMs, will Abdullah be next?
Part III deals with the sixth Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, a man zealously trying to portray himself as a statesman in the stature of his late father second Prime Minister Tun Razak Hussein. Yet as Chin Tong points out, Najib is struggling
to overcome problems created by Mahathir and escalated by his predecessor Abdullah Badawi. Articles such as Najib misses the point, Malaysia misses the boat and Najib the prince illuminate the author’s points.

Part IV is devoted to his favourite subject – Parti Islam SeMalaysia or PAS – which was also the topic of the dissertation he wrote for his honours degree, focusing particularly on the rise of the Young Turks in the party long dominated by conservative ulama. He also shares his observations pertaining to closer rapport between the “mainstreamers” of PAS and his DAP party.

Part V is a random selection of his articles and essays written in the past five years on the much needed reform for Malaysia. Among Chin Tong’s favourite subjects is parliamentary reform, of which he writes extensively here with articles such as Needed urgently: A better Parliament and Cannibalised Parliament. He also touches on subjects such as the bloated Cabinet, the possibility of having a government for the Federal
Territory of Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia’s fiscal policy, as well as the problems of the public sector.

Book Detail:
ISBN: 978-983-44629-2-5 (pbk.)
Author: Liew Chin Tong
Publisher: Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
Year: 2009
No of Pages: 224
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by Lim Kit Siang

by Lim Kit Siang

It is no exaggeration to say that the first publication of TIME BOMBS IN MALAYSIA 30 years ago took the country by storm, becoming an instant bestseller. It was the first time that a book was published critiquing the nation-building ills in the country which had consistently been blacked out in the national media.
To ensure that it was not banned, a deliberate decision was taken to ensure that it only contained my parliamentary speeches during my first two terms in Parliament from 1971 to 1978.

Hopefully, the re-publication of TIME BOMBS IN MALAYSIA on the 30th anniversary of its publication will contribute to the national debate and decision on whether the 13th general election should see the end of Umno-dominated Barisan Nasional federal government as the great and burning issues of freedom, justice, accountability, integrity, unity and solidarity, highlighted more than three decades ago in the book, remain unresolved and can only be addressed effectively if there is a complete change of government in Putrajaya. – LIM KIT SIANG

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Author: Lim Kit Siang
Publisher: Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
ISBN: 983-44629-1-8
Number of pages: 432
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by Ooi Kee Beng

by Ooi Kee Beng

This is Ooi Kee Beng’s third collection of commentaries on Abdullah Badawi’s five years in power. The first (Era of Transition: Malaysia after Mahathir, 2006 ISEAS) described a hopeful period following Mahathir’s retirement, while the second (Lost in Transition: Malaysia under Abdullah, 2008 ISEAS & SIRD) argued that Abdullah’s administration had gone astray, and had lost contact with the aspirations of the common Malaysian.

The forty-odd opinion pieces included in this third volume were written between November 2007, when the Hindraf demonstration took place, and December 2008, when Abdullah pushed through his swan-song reform Bills. These commentaries do not only collectively illustrate the downfall of Abdullah Badawi, but demonstrate how voters punished the country’s leaders for supposing that the fortune of the country did not extend beyond the fate and fortune of the dominant party, UMNO, and its allies.
After suffering its worst electoral results ever on March 8, 2008, the ruling coalition now has difficulty deciding the pace and the extent of political change in Malaysia.

Book Detail:
Author: Ooi Kee Beng
Publisher: Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
ISBN:
Soft cover: 978-983-43722-5-5
Hard Cover: 978-983-43722-6-2

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by Lim Kit Siang

by Lim Kit Siang

A collection of blog articles, speeches and other writings by Lim Kit Siang.

Najib has all the positive qualities of leadership. He is literally and figuratively head and shoulders above the rest of the UMNO stalwarts and it would be a pity if he chose to ignore the increasingly persistently strident collective voice for high moral and ethical standards in our political leaders.

– Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim

 

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Author: Lim Kit Siang.
ISBN 978-983-44629-0-1

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Total pages: 160

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by Barry Wain

by Barry Wain

ISBN 978-983-43722-9-3

Selling price: RM10-00 (excluding postage cost)

Total pages: 48

Synopsis:

Najib’s background does not recommend him for the role of reformer, which is what is required to recover the affection of disenchanted voters. The son of the country’s second premier, Abdul Razak Hussein, and a nephew of Hussein Onn, the third premier, Najib is from an aristocratic family that is staking its claim to be Malaysia’s first political dynasty. A cousin, Hussein’s son Hishammuddin Hussein, is education minister and head of UMNO Youth. The youngest member to sit in Malaysia’s Parliament, Najib was only 22 when he was elected to represent the Pekan constituency formerly held by his father, who died in office in 1976. At 23, he was a deputy minister and at 29 he became chief minister of his home state, Pahang. Since joining then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s Cabinet at 32, Najib has held senior portfolios for the past couple of decades, without questioning the ethnic-based political system or proposing significant innovations in his areas of direct policy responsibility. “He is not only part of the system”, says one close associate and supporter. “He trusts the system. He is the system.”

Book Detail:
Author: Barry Wain
Publisher: Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
ISBN:

ISBN 978-983-43722-9-3

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Total pages: 48

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by Wan Hamidi Hamid

by Wan Hamidi Hamid

“Dengan Prakata Anwar Ibrahim”

Description:

Catatan ringkas ini hanya bertujuan untuk memperkenalkan kepada umum siapa insan yang bernama Lim Guan Eng dan apa yang beliau perjuangkan. Untuk mengenalinya harus dilalui segala pengalaman baik buruk yang telah beliau lalui. Kata orang, sejarah perjuangan politiknya adalah seperti dari Penjara Kajang ke Pejabat Ketua Menteri. Ya, kini sebagai Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng yang tidak mengerti apa itu penat dan lelah, telah gigih berjuang untuk membebaskan Malaysia dari cengkaman politik perkauman dan keagamaan sempit, serta anasir-anasir rasuah, penyelewengan dan salah guna kuasa yang sekian lama menjadi mainan politik Barisan Nasional.

Catatan ini bertujuan menyampaikan suara hati rakyat Malaysia prihatin yang mahu melihat negara dan masyarakat berubah ke arah yang lebih positif, lebih bebas, lebih demokratik, lebih makmur dan lebih toleran sesama kaum dan agama.
Product Detail:
Author: Wan Hamidi Hamid ; Editor: Faisal Mustaffa
ISBN: 978-983-43722-7-9
Publisher: refsa
Year: 2009
Number of page: –
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