Peninsula: A Story of Malaysia is a personal memoir amounting to a report on the generational changes Malaysia has undergone since Independence, examining their roots in the past and implications for the future, by one who lived through them. The narrative unravels the many strands of Malaysian history and how they braided themselves into this nation as it is in the 21st century, each contributing to the whole while striving to remain true to itself.
“I wrote Peninsula: A Story of Malaysia for those gone before me, whether after full and long lives or before their time. The spaces they have left in my heart, I have tried to ﬁll with words rendering their time here meaningful to me: how we came to be here as the sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters of Malaysia. I know I can only fail at that endeavour, but I hope my intention might redeem my inadequacy. Two-thirds of all Malaysians who ever lived are alive today, and they’re all our story.”
About the author: Rehman Rashid was born in Taiping, Perak in 1955 and educated at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar and the University College of Swansea, Wales, retiring to the hills of Hulu Selangor in 2010 after a globe-trotting 30-year career in print, broadcast and online media. He has won Journalist of the Year awards in Malaysia (1985) and Bermuda (1991), and written four books: Pangkor: Treasure of the Straits (1990), A Malaysian Journey (1993), Small Town (2016), and Peninsula: A Story of Malaysia (2016).
The two books, Peninsular and Small Town, which returned Rehman Rashid to his rightful place among the pantheon of greats among Malaysian writers, would also be his last. (from our newsletter)
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