Malaysian author Khoo Salma bags prize for book on Chulia community

BY L. SUGANYA  Thursday, 9 July 2015

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian author Khoo Salma Nasution (pic) won the colleague’s choice award at the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Book Prize 2015.

The winners were announced on July 6, where Khoo Salma won the award for her book The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786–1957.

The book tells the history of the prosperous Penang Tamil Muslims, who were once known as Chulias.

It is a study on the evolution of the community surrounding the mosque since it was built in the early 19th century.

Khoo Salma’s book was also shortlisted for the jury prize by the ICAS reading community after being chosen from longlisted titles, but did not win.

The biennial ICAS competition has been running since 2004 and aims to create an international focus for publications on Asia.

Prizes are awarded to outstanding English-language works on Asian issues.

Khoo Slama’s book can be purchased at