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Malay residential area in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur Continue reading...

Islam, Malay, and Malaysian

When Anwar Ibrahim agreed to write an article on Islam in Southeast Asia for Time magazine in September 1996, he chose to stress that tolerance is the “hallmark of Southeast Asian Islam”. He wrote that because “the seeds of militancy are everywhere” then “each community must ensure that they do not germinate and multiply through discontent and alienation”. Tolerance, he argued, cannot be demanded from only one community, but “must be mutual”. The article was…

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Update on Shipping Rates as Sales and Services Tax (SST) Come into Effect

Due to re-introduction of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) starting on the 1st September 2018, Kawah Buku is expecting some changes are underway especially for the shipping rates when the tax come into effect. This is understandable as courier services is subjected to SST as per announced in the press release by Ministry of Finance (MoF) Malaysia and Royal Malaysian Customs Department. By today, we notice our regular courier providers are already updated their…

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra with his first Cabinet after Independence Continue reading...

The Struggle for Independence — Tunku’s Finest Hours

The two years between Tunku assuming the post of the Chief Minister of Malaya in 1955 and the declaration of independence in 1957 are known as the time when all efforts were made to gain independence under the leadership of Tunku and the Alliance through peaceful struggle. Among the principal hurdles that Tunku and the Alliance had to overcome in order to achieve independence for Malaya were: the socio-political differences among the component parties of…

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From playboy to Malaya's first Prime Minister Continue reading...

From playboy to Malaya’s first Prime Minister

We were talking in the small air-conditioned sitting room upstairs in The Residency in which he likes to relax for a half-hour or so after lunch. Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra, first Prime Minister of the Federation of Malaya, likes to consider himself above all as “just an ordinary human being.” So he advocates a half-hour sleep after lunch. Exercise? He took a quick look at me, and with a friendly grin, said, “Can you do…

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Race Relations in Sociological Theory Continue reading...

Race Relations in Sociological Theory

Professor Rex insists that the study of race relations is not to be subsumed under stratification theory as a special case. In this he is obviously correct. Between the extremes of assimilation and secession, or extermination, stratification is only one of several possible forms of relationship between distinguishable ethnic groups. But in practice, Rex’s attention is almost entirely restricted to stratification. Not only is he particularly interested in colonial and post-colonial situations, but his suggested…

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