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Hari Wilayah: Makna dan sejarah yang dilupakan

APAKAH makna pengisytiharan Hari Wilayah kepada warga kota khususnya Kuala Lumpur, selain daripada cuti umum? Cuti adalah waktu untuk kita berehat, melepaskan sementara beban-beban kerja, melegakan minda juga lenguh-lenguh badan selepas beberapa hari ‘berperang’…

Sutan Puasa Lubis, Pendiri Kuala Lumpur

Kontroversi tentang sejarah Kuala Lumpur sudah berlangsung lama Abdur-Razaq Lubis melalui bukunya Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur menyelesaikannya dengan data akurat Pendiri Kuala Lumpur bukan Kapten Cina Ketiga Yap Ah Loy dan juga bukan Raja…

Siapa Pengasas Sebenar Kuala Lumpur?

Menyusuri Politik Melayu & Malaysia Serta Sejarah Nusantara Yang Telah Dilupakan/Sengaja Digelapkan Penulis baru selesai menghadiri satu forum yang diadakan di Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, bertajuk “Apakah Kuala Lumpur Dibuka oleh Yap Ah Loy?”.…

Farewell Pak Lah – may your soul rest in peace (21.11.1929 – 6.3.2010)

Professor Abdullah Darus, That is how I have always thought of you, my friend and my professor. I know that you never considered yourself as anyone’s teacher and always cautioned me to think for myself. I…

Syair Boria: a review

Abdullah Darus (left) with the 4th and now 7th prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Mahathir Syair Boria, Biografi Abdullah Darus problematized the origins of boria, a performing art form peculiar to Penang to Persian Syiah…

An absolute must-read

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…

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A historical book on Phuket

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…

Exciting Indie Publishers of Penang

Areca Books Founded by Khoo Salma Nasution and her husband Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, Areca Books, an independent publisher cum bookstore, set up shop in 2005. The publishing house has over 40 titles focusing on social history,…

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