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10 Jun 2017: Rehman Rashid ― a raconteur for the ages

Rehman Rashid, writer, raconteur, traveller and naturalist is no more. He was more than just a journalist. Rehman was a storyteller. In a country where the dominant narrative since Merdeka – nearly sixty years…

The Exile and The Promise

A personal reflection by E V Ratnam. Somewhere in his book, A Malaysian Journey, a conversation arises between Rehman Rashid and a friend regarding an individual’s destiny. Each person, according to Azman, an ex-soldier Rehman…

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12 May 2017: I, KKK ― The Autobiography of a Historian

I have never strayed from the belief that the foundations of history lie in empirical evidence. I have spent a lifetime gathering facts, making sense of them, piecing them together, so that I may…

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07 May 2017: Penang Hill – A Journey Through Time

Mike Gibby has captured – for the first time – not only the fascinating ‘journey through time‘ of Penang Hill but also what it means to visitors, residents, Penang and the world, including a…

Celebrating genius loci – Discover the ‘spirit’ of places with our featured books this month

    The Towns of Malaya http://arecabooks.com/product/the-towns-of-malaya/ An overview of Malaya’s progress and development, as seen from the perspective of its towns circa late19th century to 1957. A total of 35 towns selected, representing three main categories: royal,…

Dedication and Personal Choices ‘are the key’ to a Healthy Environment

If there’s a key lesson in conservation, it’s this: you need to keep at it. So says Gurmit Singh, a veteran Malaysian environmentalist who has just published his Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist. “Everyone thinks planting trees is…

True Blue Activist

ENVIRONMENTALIST Gurmit Singh has spent his life educating Malaysians on the real cost of preserving nature. Although he is not always successful in creating deep change, the man described as a ‘true blue activist’…

Maintenance key to addressing environmental issues, says activist

by Terence Toh, The Star “Maintenance key to addressing environmental issues”, says veteran activist Gurmit Singh. “Most of the problems pertaining to the environment in the country today stem from issues of poor maintenance.” Speaking at…

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