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Confessions of an Old Boy: The Dato' Hamid Adventures

KAM RASLAN is a writer and director, working in film, TV and theatre in Malaysia.

Maya Press (First published, 2023)
xi + 243 pages including Glossary


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ISBN: 9789832737681 Product ID: 40416 Subject: Sub-subjects: , ,

Confessions of an Old Boy: The Dato’ Hamid Adventures unravels the shameless, exciting, and humorous escapades of Dato’ Hamid, the distinguished Old Boy and seasoned civil servant—from the heart of Kuala Lumpur to the glamour of Monte Carlo, the allure of Los Angeles, the mystique of Algiers, and the charm of London and Temerloh Rest House. Dato’ Hamid’s adventures entangle him with a seductive diamond thief, entice him into the schemes of a ruthlessly ambitious banker, and embroil him in solving a billionaire businessman’s murder. All the while, he yearns for the simplicity of tending orchids and sipping his favorite cognac at home. His life story mirrors Malaysia’s financial, political, and amorous evolution, providing a unique lens into the nation’s past and present.

This masterfully crafted work, penned by the imaginative author of Dato’ Hamid’s tales, offers readers an unparalleled glimpse into the old-world charm, intrigue, and sophistication that defined a bygone era. Though Dato’ Hamid may be a fictional creation, his exploits and character encapsulate a certain breed of individuals—urbane, international, sophisticated, yet steeped in the complexities of their time. As the narrative unfolds, readers will find themselves drawn into a world of nostalgia, reflecting on the fascinating personalities that shaped Malaysia’s history. Whether navigating the complexities of love, corruption, or solving crimes, Dato’ Hamid stands as a testament to the enduring allure of a life well-lived, rich in experiences, humor, and a touch of the extraordinary.

Preface (first edition)
Preface (2023 edition)
Letter to Newspaper

1. Dato’ in Love
2. The Beat Generation
3. Ariff and Capitalism
4. Disco
5. Murder in Parit Chindai
6. Bikers
7. The Malayans


Weight0.306 kg
Dimensions21 × 14 × 1.3 cm




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