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Moderates & Extremists in Malaysia Image
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Race and Racial Discrimination in Malaysia: A Historical and Class Perspective Image
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Race and Racial Discrimination in Malaysia: A Historical and Class Perspective,
May 13 - Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969 Image
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May 13 - Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969,
445 Days Under the ISA - Operaion Lalang 1987-89 Image
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445 Days Under the ISA - Operaion Lalang 1987-89,
20 Years Defending Human Rights Image
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20 Years Defending Human Rights,
K Das and the Tunku Tapes Image
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K Das and the Tunku Tapes,
Kenangan Tunku Image
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Kenangan Tunku,
Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia - From Altantuya to Zikorsky Image
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Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia - From Altantuya to Zikorsky,
Patriots and Pretenders - The Malayan Peoples Independence Struggle Image
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Patriots and Pretenders - The Malayan Peoples Independence Struggle,
Malaysian Critical Issues Image
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Malaysian Critical Issues,
Toni Kasim - Many Shades of Good A Tribute Image
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Toni Kasim - Many Shades of Good A Tribute,
Violence Against an Ethnic Minority in Malaysia: Kampung Medan 2001 Image
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Violence Against an Ethnic Minority in Malaysia: Kampung Medan 2001,
Damned Dams and Noxious Nukes Image
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Damned Dams and Noxious Nukes,
A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram Sarawak Malaysia Image
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A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram Sarawak Malaysia,
Critical Voices on Sustainable Development Image
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Critical Voices on Sustainable Development,
Mob Rule - The East Timor Conference in Malaysia, November 9, 1996 Image
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Mob Rule - The East Timor Conference in Malaysia, November 9, 1996,
New Era College Controversy: The Betrayal of Dong Jiao Zong Image
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New Era College Controversy: The Betrayal of Dong Jiao Zong,
New Era Education Image
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New Era Education,
The End of Barisan Nasional Malaysian Political Issues Image
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The End of Barisan Nasional Malaysian Political Issues,
The Malaysian Civil Rights Movement Image
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The Malaysian Civil Rights Movement,
Moderates & Extremists in Malaysia
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Moderates & Extremists in Malaysia Image

“Any work by perhaps Malaysia’s most prolific public intellectual is a welcome addition to our very small corpus of contemporary scholarship… Kua Kia Soong has done a remarkable job on many diverse subjects… I have no hesitation in recommending his latest book, and hope that his prolific pen continues to write bravely and frequently.”
– Tommy Thomas, Senior lawyer in the Malaysian Bar

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Moderates & Extremists in Malaysia,
Race and Racial Discrimination in Malaysia: A Historical and Class Perspective
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Race and Racial Discrimination in Malaysia: A Historical and Class Perspective Image

At last! The elephant in the room is not only acknowledged but caringly examined from trunk to tail by Malaysian social scientist Kua Kia Soong.

This is the first in-depth expose of racism & racial discrimination in Malaysia, written from a historical and class perspective. It forces the nation to confront once and for all the ‘Bumiputera agenda’ which has been implemented with impunity since the New Economic Policy in 1971. These discriminatory policies fail to meet the standards of international conventions and continue to stymie Malaysia’s goal of achieving high-income status by 2020.

This book is about the politics of race and class in Malaysia, highlighting the structural conditions that enable the crude manipulation of race to serve the economic interests of the ruling elite. The chapters on the Emergency contain declassified documents from the British Public Records Office, which were made available after the 30-year secrecy rule was lifted. The author offers alternatives that are needs based and thus race-free by doing away with such discriminatory policies, rent-seeking activities and patronage politics.

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Race and Racial Discrimination in Malaysia: A Historical and Class Perspective,
May 13 - Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969
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‘Kua … has made publishing history’ – Rustam A. Sani

This is the first credible account of the May 13, 1969 racial riots / pogrom in Malaysia using documents recently declassified at the Public Records Office, London after the lapse of the 30-year secrecy rule. Since local sources remain classified or have been destroyed, these documents provide the only available confidential observations and memoranda by British and other foreign embassy operatives. They include dispatches by correspondents which were not available to Malaysians at the time.

A social scientist, Kua Kia Soong provides a fresh political analysis of this “May 13 Incident”. In his view, the riots were by no means a spontaneous outburst of violence between Malays and Chinese but rather an orchestrated coup d’etat by the ascendant state capitalist class against the Tunku-led aristocracy. He discusses the contradictions of the post-independence Alliance racial formula and traces the rise of the Malay state capitalist class in UMNO which has ruled Malaysia since 1969.

With this publication, the frequently raised “spectre of May 13″ by the Barisan Nasional government to deter any challenge to the status quo has been forever put to rest and the political tsunami of 2008 is proof that Malaysians are finally free from the fear of fascism.

‘This is undoubtedly one of the most important books ever published on Malaysian society and politics. May 13 made this country, or more accurately, it un-made it. This is a book that HAD to be written… To paraphrase Falstaff, you are not only insightful in yourself, but inspire insight in others…’
– N.Surendran, Vice President PKR

‘The ministry is mulling over whether to ban the book…’ – Malaysiakini

Dr Kua Kia Soong is director of Malaysia’s leading human rights organisation SUARAM. He was principal of the community-funded New Era College (2000-08); Opposition member of parliament for Petaling Jaya (1990-95); director of Huazi Research Centre (1985-90); political detainee under the ISA (1987-89); academic director to the Malaysian Chinese schools (1983-85) and lecturer in Sociology at the National University of Singapore (1978-79). He studied for his BA Econ (1975), MA Econ (1976) and PhD in Sociology (1981) at Manchester University, UK.

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May 13 - Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969,
445 Days Under the ISA - Operaion Lalang 1987-89
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“Kua writes on a subject he has come to know intimately, making observations which are striking and important, and with a sense of humour that the mad philosophers of Kamunting could not dampen… His book will make you weep with anger and laugh uproariously at the clowns who talk sanctimoni-ously about national security.” (K. Das)

This classic account of “Operation Lalang” by one of its victims, Kua Kia Soong, can be read as a survival handbook for those who might fall victim to Malaysia’s dreaded Internal Security Act, which allows detention without trial. Or it can be used as an invaluable tourist guide to Malaysia’s well-known Kamunting Detention Camp in any “Visit Malaysia Year”.

This period of mass arrests and detentions during 1987 to 1989 was a time of unprecedented transformation in the Malaysian political arena. The author has set his saga against the backdrop of these events that were unraveling beyond the wire and which were to have such profound consequences for all Malaysians.

Since the publication of “445 Days” in 1989, it has unlocked the floodgates of other ISA detainees’ accounts of their experiences. This third edition with essential updates is testimony to the book’s importance and popularity. It contains all the arguments Malaysians need to demolish this indefensible suppression apparatus once and for all.

Dr. Kua Kia Soong is a director of the human rights organization SUARAM. He was principal of the community-funded New Era College (2000-08); Opposi-tion MP for Petaling Jaya (1990-95); director of Huazi Research Centre (1985-90); ISA detainee (1987-89), and lecturer at National University of Singapore (1978-79). He studied for his BA Econ (1975), MA Econ (1976) and PhD in Sociology (1981) at Manchester University, UK.

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445 Days Under the ISA - Operaion Lalang 1987-89,
20 Years Defending Human Rights
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SUARAM is the leading non-governmental human rights organization in Malaysia today. It was founded in 1989 by several detainees who had just been released from detention without trial under Operation Lalang together with others who had campaigned for their release.

Through its twenty years of existence, SUARAM has become the Malaysian human rights centre to which victims of state oppression turn for support and assistance. The organisation defends all aspects of human rights especially the freedom from abuse of police powers and law enforcement agencies; freedom of speech and expression; freedom of information; freedom of assembly and association; freedom of religion; the rights of minorities, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and trafficked persons.

SUARAM is the only human rights organization in Malaysia that publishes a credible and comprehensive human rights report every year without fail. The annual SUARAM Malaysian Human Rights Report is both objective and non-partisan and is keenly awaited every year by local as well as foreign human rights watchers.

The organization has also facilitated some important coalitions among Malaysian NGOS which have contributed to the political tsunami of 8 March 2008 including, the Anti-BA Movement since 1989; Malaysian Charter on Human Rights in 1993; the Malaysian Human Rights Report and Stop Bakun Dam campaign in 1995; the Peoples Tribunal against Police Brutality and the Second Asia-Pacific Conference on East Timor in 1996; the Peoples’ Democratic Front (Gagasan Demokrasi Rakyat) in 1998; Save our Sungai Selangor and People Before Profits in 2000; Policing the Police in 2004.

This brief history of SUARAM serves as a record of the contributions of the young activists who have served in SUARAM to make a difference to Malaysian society by putting peace, equality, justice, democracy and human rights on the national agenda.

“The past two decades have seen considerable deterioration in many areas of human rights and civil liberties in Malaysia. But it has not been a free fall; it has not been without hope precisely because of the efforts of organisations with dedicated persons who are prepared to work against the odds, often in frustrating circumstances, and with a remarkable sense of urgency. One such organisation is SUARAM.” Yeo Yang Poh, former president of the Malaysian BAR Council

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20 Years Defending Human Rights,
K Das and the Tunku Tapes
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K. Das & The Tunku Tapes is the closest we will ever get to reading Malaysia’s first Prime Minister’s memoirs or his authorised biography. These tapes contain interviews with the Tunku by his authorised biographer, K. Das, in 1988. It was a year which saw the ruling party, UMNO in the throes of its worst political crisis since 1969 and the Malaysian judiciary under unprecedented attack by the Mahathir Government.

The Tunku speaks his mind on the personalities of the day as well as on politicians of the past with a candour and directness that will make many blush. He provides hitherto undisclosed perspectives of historical episodes, for example, the hatchetmen behind the May 13 racial riots of 1969. These will interest historians and ordinary Malaysians alike.

Covering a broad spectrum of incidents in his colourful life from childhood to his retirement, K. Das & The Tunku Tapes gives Malaysians an intimate portrait of Bapa Malaysia as the charming prince with the commoner’s touch, caught in the changing times.

This publication is above all, a tribute to K. Das, one of Malaysia’s best writers and fighters for justice. He is best known as the former Bureau Chief of the Far Eastern Economic Review and author of political best sellers including May Day For Justice, Questionable Conduct and The Musa Dilemma.

“These candid conversations with the late Tunku Abdul Rahman delve deeply into the character and ideas of one of Asia’s most colourful politicians.” (Far Eastern Economic Review)

*The royalties from this book will be donated to SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia), Malaysia’s leading human rights organisation.

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K Das and the Tunku Tapes,
Kenangan Tunku
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KENANGAN TUNKU adalah satu kisah kenangan atau biografi rasmi yang terhampir yang boleh kita baca mengenai Perdana Menteri Malaysia yang pertama. Pita-pita ini mengandungi wawancara diantara Tunku dengan K. Das, penulis biografi yang telah dilantik pada tahun 1988. Sepanjang tahun parti pemerintah UMNO, ternampak menghadapi satu krisis politik yang serius semenjak tahun 1969 dan serangan Kerajaan Mahathir terhadap Kehakiman Malaysia yang tidak pernah berlaku sebelum ini.

Tunku telah memperkenalkan pandangannya tentang personaliti-personaliti semasa dan juga ahli-ahli politik dengan begitu terus-terang. la akan menyebabkan ramai orang berasa malu. Dia memberikan sesuatu yang tidak diketahui sehingga sekarang berkenaan perspektif episod sejarah, contohnya, orang yang bertanggungjawab di sebalik peristiwa rusuhan 13 Mei 1969. lni semua akan menarik minat pakar sejarah dan juga rakyat Malaysia kebanyakan.

Meliputi keseluruhan insiden-insiden kehidupan yang dipenuhi warna-warni sejak dari zaman kanak-kanak sehinggalah persaraan beliau. Kenangan Tunku telah memperlihatkan kepada rakyat Malaysia satu potret peribadi Bapa Malaysia sebagai seorang putera yang menawan dengan perwatakan yang lebih kepada orang kebiasaan, melalui zaman yang berubah-ubah.

Penerbitan ini pada keseluruhannya adalah merupakan satu penghormatan kepada K. Das, salah seorang penulis terbaik di Malaysia dan juga seorang pejuang keadilan. Dia lebih dikenali sebagai bekas Ketua Biro Far Eastern Economic Review dan penulis buku-buku politik yang terbaik jualannya termasuklah buku May Day For Justice, Questionable Conduct dan The Musa Dilemma.

“These candid conversations with the late Tunku Abdul Rahman delve deeply into the character and ideas of one of Asia’s most colorful politician.” (Far Eastern Economic Review)

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Kenangan Tunku,
Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia - From Altantuya to Zikorsky
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This latest book by Dr Kua Kia Soong is a bombshell! It is about bombs and shells, jet fighters, helicopters, submarines and other weapons of war, all bought with Malaysian tax payers’ money. And it is a lot of money! The 10th Malaysian Plan has allocated RM23 billion for defence & security.

This is the first full expose of Malaysia’s military since Independence. It contains the A to Z of Malaysia’s arms industry and spending, from the unanswered questions surrounding the murder of Altantuya…to the high incidence of accidents involving the Sikorsky Nuri helicopters.

Kua has been monitoring the arms trade since the Seventies and what is significant about this book is that it brings together in one volume, the key issues and events connected with defence spending in Malaysia. From a range of published sources, he unearths the vested interests, corruption, wastage and negligence in arms procurement and alerts us to the growth of the domestic military-industrial complex. Malaysians are called upon to seriously consider the question of war and peace; the justifications for arms procurements; procedures of accountability and the choice of alternative socially useful production.

The ‘Arms for Aid Scandal’ is published in this groundbreaking book for the first time. It contains the 1994 revelations from the British press on the RM5 billion arms deal as well as the statutory declarations of private investigator Balasubramaniam in the Altantuya murder case.

“For too long, the military has been spared public scrutiny under the guise of ‘national security’. Kua’s well researched book is bound to ignite public debate and outrage. It confirms that major policy shifts are needed, both in terms of transparency as well as a paradigm shift in how we think of security. A must read!” – Premesh Chandran, CEO Malaysiakini

“Actions to focus public attention on the costs of military spending and the need for new priorities need to be grounded in solid research, and it is in this respect that the present work is so helpful. Kua Kia Soong is a writer and activist with a long record of investigation into important issues. He has now produced another courageous work…” – Colin Archer, Secretary General of the International Peace Bureau

Dr Kua Kia Soong is director of Malaysia’s human rights organization, SUARAM. He was Principal of the community-funded New Era College (2000-08); Opposition Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya (1990-95); Director of Huazi Research Centre (1985-90); Political Detainee under the ISA (1987-89); Academic Director to the Malaysian Chinese schools (1983-85) and Lecturer in Sociology at the National University of Singapore (1978-79). He studied for his BA Econ (1975), MA Econ (1976) and PhD in Sociology (1981) at Manchester University, UK.

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Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia - From Altantuya to Zikorsky,
Patriots and Pretenders - The Malayan Peoples Independence Struggle
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Patriots & Pretenders is the peoples’ history of the Malayan Independence struggle, which challenges the ‘official’ version of how `Merdeka’ was won. Following on from his 2007 best-selling May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969, Dr Kua Kia Soong here attempts to put the record straight on another important episode in Malaysian history. As in May 13, he has scoured documents from the British Archives which reveal the thinking behind British colonial strategy during the Emergency, especially for post-colonial Malaya. These documents also reveal the efforts of the British High Commissioner at the time, in the formation of the Alliance.

This alternative history poses these questions for Malaysians today:
Who were the patriots who fought to liberate the country from the British colonial power and the Japanese fascists during WWII, and who were the pretenders?
Which parties at that time stood for genuine multi-ethnicity?
How would the nation have developed if the “People’s Constitution” of the AMCJA-PUTERA coalition had been adopted at Independence?
How have current policies deviated from the so-called “Social Contract” at Independence?
How have communalist politics been perpetuated in Malaysia since Independence?

While this country remains stuck in a racialist rut after 54 years of Independence, Patriots & Pretenders calls on Malaysians to break through to a people-centred non-racial agenda for change. From the lessons of the past, Kua outlines some pointers to the future which could form the Malaysian peoples’ demands for the next general elections.

“Kua’s work is different. He reminds us of the historical struggle that underpins our current socio-political landscape and challenges us to differentiate the true patriots from the pretenders.” – Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim, Chairman PSM

“Detention without trial, May 13, military spending and now Malaya’s independence. Kua Kia Soong is changing Malaysia, one book at a time…” – Premesh Chandran, CEO Malaysiakini

Dr Kua Kia Soong is director of Malaysia’s leading human rights organisation SUARAM. He was principal of the community-funded New Era College (2000-08); Opposition member of parliament for Petaling Jaya (1990-95); director of Huazi Research Centre (1985-90); political detainee under the ISA (1987-89); academic director to the Malaysian Chinese schools (1983-85) and lecturer in Sociology at the National University of Singapore (1978-79). He studied for his BA Econ (1975), MA Econ (1976) and PhD in Sociology (1981) at Manchester University, UK.

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Patriots and Pretenders - The Malayan Peoples Independence Struggle,
Malaysian Critical Issues
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Malaysian Critical Issues is the latest in a series of collections of articles published by Dr Kua Kia Soong since the Eighties. In his characteristic blunt terms, he presents Malaysians with critical issues they must confront to meet the challenges of the globalised world.

“Malaysia professes to be a developed nation by 2020 and to encourage a critical attitude and yet, it clings to laws and policies more reminiscent of a banana republic.”

“Kua’s writings are always simple and captivating, presenting analyses and alternatives that are penetrating and persuasive, and exposing facts and data that are not easy to challenge or debunk.” (Dr Syed Husin Ali)

“Few Malaysians have the ability to grasp such a wide range of issues confronting the country as Kua Kia Soong. As an educationist, human rights activist and environmentalist, Kua has a strong opinion on almost every burning issue, which make this book a must-read.” MALAYSIAKINI

Dr Kua Kia Soong is director of the Malaysian human rights organisation SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia). He is full-time Principal of the community funded New Era College. He was Opposition Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya (1990-95), director of Huazi Research Centre (1985-90), as well as a political detainee under the ISA (1987-89).

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Toni Kasim - Many Shades of Good A Tribute
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“Toni…was many different shades of good.” (Kathy Rowland, editor of Kakiseni)

Zaitun Mohamed Kasim, or Toni, as she preferred to be known, was a human rights defender extraordinaire. She was on the secretariats of SUARAM the human rights organization, the All Women’s Action Society, as well as Sisters in Islam, among others.

She fought for justice and equality for all, regardless of gender, ethnicity or creed. The diversity and range of her commitments cov-ered poverty eradication, environmental protection, sustainable transport, disaster management, health and support for vulnerable and marginalized groups.

Toni ran as the first independent women’s parliamentary candidate in the 1990 general elections on a gender platform and raised issues that transcended party political concerns – justice, democracy, gender equality, interest of communities and the rights of marginalized groups.

This tribute by her family, friends and admirers captures her contributions and impact on many lives during the relatively short time she spent with us. Toni will always be an inspiration to us all and a model for what is good in this world.

SUARAM is a non-profit non-governmental organisation committed to protecting, preserving and promoting human rights and sustainable development.

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Violence Against an Ethnic Minority in Malaysia: Kampung Medan 2001
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FIRST BOOK ON THE RACIAL VIOLENCE AT KG MEDAN, 2001

This is the first publication on the racial violence that was unleashed by organized thugs against ethnic Indians at Kampung Medan, Petaling Jaya which started on March 8, 2001. For this racial violence to happen more than thirty years after “May 13″ is a scandal and an indictment of Malaysia’s modern day institutions which are still steeped in racism and racial discrimination.

Just as the “May 13″ pogrom was allowed to go on for weeks in 1969 when it should have been nipped in the bud right at the start, the Kampung Medan violence should not have been allowed to go on for as many days as it did. Clearly, there is a serious credibility problem surrounding our law enforcement and security forces. Eye witness accounts show that in some of the racial attacks there, the police just stood by without stopping and apprehending the thugs.

In recent years, a pattern has emerged of ethnic Indians who are a minority community in this country (less than 10% of the total population) finding themselves the majority in official statistics on deaths in police custody and victims of police shootings. These facts reflect the racist portrayal of the marginalized Indian community in the state institutions.

S. Nagarajan & K. Arumugam have written this important record of another tragic and shameful episode in our country’s history, looking at witnesses’ accounts, views by academics, politicians as well as civil society and putting forward well-argued conclusions. But their efforts will be in vain if Malaysian society does not learn the lessons of this episode: We have to redress the human rights issues that remain unresolved in this country and reform the institutions to ensure that “Kampung Medan” and “May 13″ never happen again.

“This book is another invaluable addition to the growing literature on the Malaysian peoples’ history. It should be read by academics, politicians, teachers, students, in fact all Malaysians who care about creating a society that is at peace with itself…” (Dr Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM adviser)

“This is an important record of another serious incident of racial violence in Malaysian history, this time against the ethnic Indians at Kampung Medan. The authors have succeeded in gathering detailed information, interviews and statistics pertaining to this grave and tragic incident.” (Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim, Chairman, PSM)

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Damned Dams and Noxious Nukes
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Damned Dams & Noxious Nukes is the most incisive critique yet of Malaysia’s energy policy and its privatized utility, Tenaga Nasional. As if the Bakun dam was not foolish enough, the BN Government is planning to build more mega dams which are just as economically disastrous, socially disruptive and environmentally destructive. These projects will most certainly be paid for by Malaysian taxpayers through further tariff increases. At least two nuclear reactors are also being planned and the costs of these projects will be even more catastrophic.

This latest book by Dr Kua Kia Soong is the first to analyse the causes of the recurring crises in the Malaysian energy industry, with inside information provided by whistleblowers within TNB. The blackouts throughout peninsula Malaysia in 1992 and 1996 had been forewarned by the author in 1990 when, as a member of parliament, he had alluded to mismanagement, negligence and corruption in TNB and the energy ministry. The blackouts of the early nineties gave an opportunity for independent power producers to become privileged private electricity providers, who enjoyed subsidized profits and with whom TNB was forced to sign lop-sided agreements. This has seriously affected TNB’s profitability and increased electricity tariffs for consumers.

Kua calls for a sustainable development path that prioritises peoples’ interests before profits and commissions, based on demand management and cheaper, cleaner ways of providing energy. With his impeccable documentation, this study is essential reading for academics, investors, students and civil society.

“The 12 large dams currently proposed in Sarawak risk repeating the same mistakes as the disastrous Bakun Dam – with grave consequences. Malaysia faces a critical decision-point in determining its energy future. This timely book should help shape this important debate on Malaysia’s future.”
- Jason Rainey, ED of International Rivers

“Kua addresses a key policy concern that will be of increasing importance to Malaysia. Tracing the country’s history on failed energy projects and scandals, he makes a solid case that we urgently need a clear and sustainable energy policy for the immediate and long-term future.”
- Tricia Yeoh, The Nut Graph

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr Kua Kia Soong is director of SUARAM, a human rights organization. He was principal of the community-funded New Era College (2000-08); Opposition Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya (1990-95); director of Huazi Research Centre (1985-90); political detainee under the ISA (1987-89); adviser to the Malaysian Chinese Independent schools (1983-85) and lecturer in Sociology at the National University of Singapore (1978-79). He studied for his BA Econ (1975), MA Econ (1976) and PhD in Sociology (1981) at Manchester University, UK. For leading the campaign against the Bakun dam project during the nineties, he has been banned from entering the state of Sarawak.

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A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram Sarawak Malaysia
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An Independent Fact-finding Mission Report by the Penan Support Group, FORUM-ASIA and Asian Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN)

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A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram Sarawak Malaysia,
Critical Voices on Sustainable Development
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Editor: Elizabeth Wong

Ten years have passed since the much anticipated United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and this year’s World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg would have been to celebrate the successes associated with UNCED. Sadly there were none.

Critical Voices on Sustainable Development is an attempt by the People Before Profits network to reclaim spaces of discourse and open ways for critical viewpoints pertaining to the state of environment and development in Malaysia, and to remind ourselves of what sustainable development should be – one that is mindful of public accountability, urgent environment preservation, human rights, and peoples’ participation.

While Critical Voices had not intentionally set out to be a primer on sustainable development, it revisits some of the fundamental problems and issues associated with development in Malaysia. Many of these problems still persist and will persist, until there is a turning point and a radical shift in the resolve of the people to evolve from being victims of ‘development’ to agents of change.

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Mob Rule - The East Timor Conference in Malaysia, November 9, 1996
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On November 9,1996 a 600-strong mob led by the Youth wings of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition violently disrupted the East Timor conference held in Kuala Lumpur. Their actions deflated at a stroke, all attempts by the Mahathir administration to portray itself as a progressive Asian government.

This display of neo-fascism was not the only mockery of our civil society – instead of punishing the offenders, the police released the handful of mob leaders on the same day and detained the victims of their violence. All 36 foreign participants of this international conference were summarily deported while 59 local participants were locked up like common criminals, 10 of them for 5 nights and six days!

The documents in this publication reveal police connicance and State complicity. The outrage felt by concerned Malaysians and human rights activists all over the worib has been compiled in this record of a most uncivil Novermber 9 Affair.

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New Era College Controversy: The Betrayal of Dong Jiao Zong
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The New Era College controversy which erupted in mid-2008 engulfed the Malaysian Chinese community and the Chinese-language press for the rest of the year. It created unprecedented unity among the staff, students and parents of the college in their resistance to the Dong Jiao Zong (DJZ) leaders who were hell bent on evicting the principal, Dr. Kua Kia Soong. The methods used by these DJZ leaders to undermine the principal included sabotaging their own college by fabricating untruths about its financial management and casting doubts on the recognition of its courses by the ministry. It led to the resignation of many committed and talented professionals from the Chinese education movement.

This expose calls into question the integrity and quality of the characters who are leading the Chinese education movement today. Their agenda in purging activists in the Chinese education movement appears to fall in line with that of the ruling Barisan Nasional’s.

The author has been comrade-in-arms of the revered Chinese education leaders Lim Fong Seng and Sim Mow Yu ever since he joined the movement in 1983. His analysis and observations in this book are vital for all those who are interested in the workings and trends of the Malaysian Chinese community. His other writings include May 13: Declassified Documents on the Racial Riots of 1969; The Chinese Schools of Malaysia: a Protean Saga; The Malaysian Civil Rights Movement.

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New Era Education
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New Era College is wholly supported by the Malaysian Chinese community and run by Dong Jiao Zong, the two national organisations leading the Chinese education movement. It stands out as a non-profit-making tertiary-level institution committed to “nurturing holistic, cultured, competent professional leaders who lead socially responsible lives.”

 

Under the stewardship of its principal, Dr Kua Kia Soong from its politically charged incubation to its development into a sustainable ter-tiary-level institution, it is now primed to join the league of university colleges. In terms of academic support and physical environment, its campus ranks among the best private colleges in the Klang Valley. But it is in providing a truly holistic education-community-centred, multi-cultural, caring, encouraging creativity and critical thinking – that sets New Era College apart from the other higher educational institutions.

 

New Era Education is a compilation of the speeches and writings by Dr Kua during his ten years of service at the campus. It captures the spirit and content of the educational philosophy, mission and val-ues which make up New Era College.

 

Perhaps Kua’s greatest enduring gift to each of his students is his pointing to the truth, beauty, goodness and justice, the light if you like, that is at the heart of the wisdom found in both East and West. -Dr Roger Prentice, Director, Holistic Education Institute, UK

 

Kua’s personal experiences coupled with his complete dedication to his mission give this insightful work an authority that while academic in nature is also keenly perceptive of the socio-po/itico dy-namics at work in modern Malaysia.

SIRI)  -Beh Lih Yi, Malaysiakini

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The End of Barisan Nasional Malaysian Political Issues
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…essential reading for all citizens who care about the country and its future. – Jacqueline Ann Surin

These recent writings by Dr Kua Kia Soong reveal one stark reality, namely, that the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled Malaysia since Independence in 1957 seems incapable of reform. In its 54-year rule, it has destroyed many of the democratic institutions that existed at Independence in 1957. Other institutions such as Royal Commissions of Inquiry have been systematically debased. Malaysia was in fact freer at independence than it is today.

In his unique polemical style, Kua applies his knowledge, training and experience over the years to a kaleidoscope of Malaysian political issues: democracy, freedoms, human rights, laws, police, detention without trial, racism, environment, arms spending, energy, politics, reforms, and more. He urges Malaysians to think beyond the two-front political system toward a third political force that calls for democratic planning, direct action and popular participation in the reform of Malaysian society.

Kua concludes this collection with the concrete reforms expected by Malaysian civil society of all parties and candidates in the 13th Malaysian general election. These reflect the aspirations of the Malaysian peoples at this juncture of Malaysian history and provide a new agenda for real change long overdue.

“Activist and historian Howard Zinn said that neutrality is not a viable option when events are already moving in certain deadly directions. Nothing about Kua Kia Soong’s latest book is neutral. He makes a compelling argument against neutrality and apathy in Malaysian politics. – Jacqueline Ann Surin, The Nut Graph editor

“Kua has compiled a book with his frank and courageous views, comments and writings on a wide range of political, social and economic issues which have exercised the minds of all concerned Malaysians. – Dr Ronald McCoy, President of Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility

Kua Kia Soong is of the hurrian rights organization SUARAM. He was lir principal of the community-run New Era College (2000-08); Opposition Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya (1990-95); director of Huazi Research Centre (1985-90); political detainee under the ISA (1987-89); academic adviser to the Chinese schools (1983-85) and lecturer at the National University of Singapore (1978-79). He studied for his BA Econ (1975), MA Econ (1976) and PhD in Sociology (1981) at Manchester University, UK.

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Civil rights are rights belonging to every citizen of the country. These have to do with the rights of citizens to liberty and equality. This is the first book on the Malaysian civil rights movement that spontaneously grew during the Eighties. It remains an inspiration today for ethnic minorities and other oppressed sections of the population.

The author was involved in this movement from the start and chronicles its progress while assessing its relevance to present day Malaysian realities. This study is essential reading for those who want to understand the issues as well as the non-governmental organizations involved, especially the Chinese associations of Malaysia.

These civil rights issues are still unresolved since the national economic, educational and cultural policies remain part of the current government agenda. As long as the victims of civil rights violations continue to resist, this struggle will go on…

“History has to be preserved faithfully not only for collective memory but also in order that moral lessons can be learnt for future generations…Kua Kia Soong has again performed a commendable public service to the nation by constructing a perspective of the Malaysian civil rights movement intelligently and truthfully.” James Wong Win On, Malaysiakini

“Kua has produced a vital record of key civil rights struggles of that era… Understanding these struggles will help us shape the form and substance of a non-racial dialogue in dealing with fundamental civil rights questions…” Sivarasa Rasiah, human rights lawyer

Dr Kua Kia Soong is director of the human rights organisation SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia). He is full -time principal of the community-funded New Era College. His previous record includes being Opposition Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya (1990 -95), director of Huazi Research Centre (1985-90) as well as political detainee under the ISA (1987-89).

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Moderates & Extremists in Malaysia
“Any work by perhaps Malaysia’s most prolific public intellectual is a welcome addition to our very small corpus of contemporary scholarship… Kua Kia Soong has done a remarkable job on many diverse subjects… I have no hesitation ... Read More
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Race and Racial Discrimination in Malaysia: A Historical and Class Perspective
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May 13 - Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969
‘Kua … has made publishing history’ – Rustam A. Sani This is the first credible account of the May 13, 1969 racial riots / pogrom in Malaysia using documents recently declassified at the Public Records Off... Read More
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445 Days Under the ISA - Operaion Lalang 1987-89
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20 Years Defending Human Rights
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Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia - From Altantuya to Zikorsky
This latest book by Dr Kua Kia Soong is a bombshell! It is about bombs and shells, jet fighters, helicopters, submarines and other weapons of war, all bought with Malaysian tax payers’ money. And it is a lot of money! The 10th Mala... Read More
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Patriots and Pretenders - The Malayan Peoples Independence Struggle
Patriots & Pretenders is the peoples’ history of the Malayan Independence struggle, which challenges the ‘official’ version of how `Merdeka’ was won. Following on from his 2007 best-selling May 13: Declassifi... Read More
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Malaysian Critical Issues
Malaysian Critical Issues is the latest in a series of collections of articles published by Dr Kua Kia Soong since the Eighties. In his characteristic blunt terms, he presents Malaysians with critical issues they must confront to meet th... Read More
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Toni Kasim - Many Shades of Good A Tribute
“Toni…was many different shades of good.” (Kathy Rowland, editor of Kakiseni) Zaitun Mohamed Kasim, or Toni, as she preferred to be known, was a human rights defender extraordinaire. She was on the secretariats o... Read More
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Violence Against an Ethnic Minority in Malaysia: Kampung Medan 2001
FIRST BOOK ON THE RACIAL VIOLENCE AT KG MEDAN, 2001 This is the first publication on the racial violence that was unleashed by organized thugs against ethnic Indians at Kampung Medan, Petaling Jaya which started on March 8, 2001. ... Read More
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Damned Dams and Noxious Nukes
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New Era College Controversy: The Betrayal of Dong Jiao Zong
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The End of Barisan Nasional Malaysian Political Issues
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