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Iversen: Architect of Ipoh and Modern Malaya May 7, 2020 – Posted in: Reviews

Review by Mark Hinchman Berthel Michael Iversen (1906–76) was born in Denmark, but his entire professional career played out in Malaya, where he worked from 1928 to 1966. For more than three decades, he was one of the major figures working to create a distinctive Southeast Asian architectural modernism. Examining his career offers a means of probing the specifics by which modernism flourished in the region. In this book on her father’s life and work,…

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Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur December 2, 2019 – Posted in: Reviews

Keywords: Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur. Areca Books, Penang, 2018, xxxii + 615 pp. ISBN: 9789675719332, price: RM 144.00 (hardcover). Reviewed in Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, Volume 175 (2019): Issue 4 (Nov 2019) Keng We Koh This book is a long-awaited sequel to an earlier study by the same author, Raja Bilah and the Mandailings of Perak. In this monograph, the author shifts…

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Lessons From My School: A memoir of Malaysia’s missions schools November 14, 2019 – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

Noel Wong @ FMT Lifestyle -November 13, 2019 7:00 AM Since their establishment during colonial times, mission schools in Malaysia have long garnered a reputation as institutions of learning with high standards that consistently churn out quality students. Just mention that you are a student of Catholic High School or Methodist Girls School or Convent Bukit Nanas or La Salle School and immediately, people’s expectations of you change. Hundreds of thousands of Malaysian students have passed…

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Significance of the Malay house September 3, 2019 – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

A. MURAD MERICAN August 11, 2014 SOME weeks back, I was interviewed for an article on the phenomenon ofbalik kampung, whichritualistically happens towards the end of Ramadan to celebrate the first day of the month of Syawal — what we call Hari Raya Aidilfitri or just Hari Raya. One of the things I said was that the event represents returning to our primordial being, back to our origins, a perfect bliss embodied in the ramifications…

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Rumah Melayu – Posted in: In The News, Reviews

Kembara Seorang Penyair Rumah MelayuOleh Muhammad Haji Salleh Rumah ialah tempat tinggal bangsa dan tamadunnya, tempat lahir dan membesar, tempat berlindung dari alam dan menikmati makna alam. Akhirnya rumah menjalin peradaban manusia dengan alam itu sendiri. Dua bahagian ini bertemu di tangga, di halaman, dan juga di tebar layar dan silam bayung yang melangit. Yang cukup menarik ialah hakikat bahawa rumah Melayu menarik perhatian cukup banyak arkitek dan pengkaji. Sejak tahun 1930-an oleh Hilton, melalui…

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Syair Boria: a review December 6, 2018 – Posted in: Reviews

Syair Boria, Biografi Abdullah Darus problematized the origins of boria, a performing art form peculiar to Penang to Persian Syiah beginnings arising from the murder of Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Karbala, Iraq in the 7th century, to mark the occasion. The practice came to Penang with the arrival of sepoy soldiers from the 21st Madras Regiment. Speculations abound as to its origins that boria is derived from boriah or mat…

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An absolute must-read November 29, 2018 – Posted in: Reviews

Alasdair Forbes reviews Colin Mackay’s rollicking history of Phuket First, a declaration of interest: I edited an early version of Colin Mackay’s A History of Phuket and the Surrounding Region. I thought then that it was an excellent piece of work. The final product is just plain superb. Mackay spent five or six years researching the book, unearthing memoirs, official documents, love letters and even an epic poem, in Thai, English, Dutch, Russian, German, Portuguese,…

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A historical book on Phuket – Posted in: Reviews

Colin Mackay’s A History of Phuket and the Surrounding Region (White Lotus, Bangkok, 2012, 418pp) is a magnificent achievement: a towering work of erudition leavened with sly humor and fascinating side-bars. While destined to be the standard reference text for the island’s history, the book is so vividly written that it deserves to be a raging best-seller. Mackay covers the early waves of migration down the Malay peninsula – Negrito, Malay, Mon, Burmese, Thai –…

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Sutan Puasa, a review by the Malaysian Historical Society October 4, 2018 – Posted in: Reviews

Buku berjudul Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur setebal 615 halaman ditulis oleh Abdur-Razzaq Lubis dan diterbitkan oleh Areca Books. Buku ini dipercayai akan menimbulkan debat tentang siapa sebenarnya membuka Kuala Lumpur. Abdur-Razzaq menyatakan buku ini diterbitkan adalah berdasarkan maklumat baru berkaitan dengan sejarah tanah air. Buku ini memberi fokus kepada peranan Sutan Puasa, saudagar Maidaling yang terlibat dalam kegiatan awal lombong bijih timah di Kuala Lumpur di pertengahan abad ke-19. Abdur-Razzaq mempunyai data dan fakta…

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The memoirs of the last British headmaster of PFS July 23, 2018 – Posted in: Reviews

2016 will surely be remembered for some momentous events. However I am not talking about Brexit or the results of US Presidential Election. I am referring instead to the bi-centenary celebrations of Penang Free School, my alma mater, which took place on 21 October 2016. Founded by Rev. Robert Sparke Hutchings in 1816 not long after the British East India Company took over the island from the Sultan of Kedah, Free School was the first…

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