THE MALAYSIA THAT COULD BE

THE MALAYSIA THAT COULD BE

THE MALAYSIA THAT COULD BE
“There is no doubt that we (Malaysia) are on a slippery slope. Intolerance is growing and there is no firm guiding hand, no leadership to lead us back to the right path.” ...so begins Dato’ Seri Kalimullah Hassan in the introduction to this compilation of columns written over the years and published in the New
Sunday Times in Malaysia.

In them, he fondly reminisces the Malaysia of yesteryear when ordinary Malaysians lived modestly and harmoniously together. He also bemoans the decline in ethnic and religious tolerance in recent times, amidst a rise of rhetoric of racism and bigotry.

Having been friends with former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi since 1980, and part of the team who helped with Abdullah’s speeches at the annual Umno General Assembly, Kalimullah also gives an insider’s view of Abdullah’s years in power and the events which led to his resignation.

The Malaysia That Could Be tells of one man’s belief in his country – and how it can be so much more than what it is today. It also reflects the stories and sentiments of many who care deeply about the country.

“When I read [Kalimullah’s] newly published collection of columns and recollections, many of those earnest discussions and arguments we had over steaming cups of teh tarik in the 1990s came flooding back to me.

There is his great pride in Malaysia’s ethnic diversity, his deep concern about the divisive racist rhetoric of contested politics and the corrosive impact of patronage and corruption in high places.” – Michael Vatikiotis, former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review
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Weight 0.05 grams
Author Kalimullah Hassan
ISBN 978 981 4642 66 8
Size 227 mm x 152 mm (portrait)
Extent 392pp, limp cover with flaps
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Illustrated or Black & White
Language English
 
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