Book reviews

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Moulded by Chaotic Times

BOOK REVIEW Title: Robert Kuok. A Memoir with Andrew Tanzer (Publisher: John Beaufoy Pub) For his countrymen, the appearance of “Robert Kuok. A Memoir” on bookshelves in late 2018 was a publishing sensation. The life and fate of Robert Kuok, Malaysia’s richest man, had never been properly told or understood. And that was the way … Continue reading

Speaking truth to power

Book review by Ooi Kee Beng (Lim Teck Ghee: Challenging Malaysia’s Status Quo. SIRD: 2018) In Mekong Review, April 2018. The easy access to information that the digital revolution has brought us has altered how we handle facts and how our cognitive processes work. Our reading habits today are characterised by impatience; we want information … Continue reading

A Convincing Case for Farquhar

The immediate success of Singapore led to a grim court battle to decide who her actual founder was. That clash continues in this new and superbly researched book. BOOK REVIEW Book review: William Farquhar and Singapore: Stepping out of Raffles’ Shadow by Nadia H. Wright. Entrepot Publishing, 2017. By OOI KEE BENG The present always … Continue reading

Now We’re 50

Review of “The ASEAN Miracle: A Catalyst for Peace” (Ridge Books, 2017) by Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffry Sng. In MEKONG REVIEW, May-July 2017, Volume 2, Number 3. By Ooi Kee Beng The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, founded on 8 August 1967, famously holds more than 1,000 meetings a year. Some say 1,400 would be … Continue reading

Honest Memoirs from an Extraordinary Lady

Book Review: P.G Lim’s Kaleidoscope: The Memoirs of P.G. Lim. Petaling Jaya: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre. 2012. By Ooi Kee Beng  This much-awaited volume lives up to all reasonable expectations and should be read by anyone – historian, lawyer or layman – interested in Penang, in late colonialism, and in the early history … Continue reading

Book review – Straits Muslims: Diasporas of the Northern Passage of the Straits of Malacca

Wazir Jahan Karim (Ed): Straits Muslims: Diasporas of the Northern Passage of the Straits of Malacca. Straits G.T. of Intersocietal and Scientific, 2009. REVIEW by Ooi Kee Beng Maritime Southeast Asia was – and is – a region filled with port cities. Such urban centres tend to concentrate both power and money. But more than … Continue reading

Dr M: Politician to the Core

Review of A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir (MPH, 2011) This long-awaited autobiography is more about the political than the personal. By Ooi Kee Beng For The Star, Friday March 25, 2011 BELIEVE it or not, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been a part of Malaysian politics since World War … Continue reading