Friday, January 21, 2022

PROF. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Murad Merican

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Writing Kedah History: A Shameful Belief Toward Thailand’s Chauvinistic Nationalism

SOMETHING is gravely wrong on Pulau Pinang’s argument and belief on the history of Kedah. An alternative narrative no doubt. Nobody is prohibiting the...

Watan (1976-1997): An Independent Voice of the Times

Watan captured the mood on campus in the late 1970s through the early 80’s. This was in Shah Alam in my undergraduate years. It...

The Pantun: A Cultural Investment in the Medium and the Message

There is a line in Betawi-born Ismail Marzuki’s keroncong number titled “Rindu Lukisan” which says “Maklum maksud tak sampai” (message conveyed not understood). My earlier...

Dr Mohd. Said: Public Servant, Scientist and Intellectual

Former Chief Secretary to the Government, the late Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid wrote in his forward of an honest, strict and learned man....

Alamat Langkapuri in Sarandib: The World’s first Malay-language Newspaper Exiled in Ceylon

It is from the Sarandib, the Arab word for what we now know as Sri Lanka, that ‘serendipity’ got its meaning. This was coined...

PEMENANG: The Early Years of the Penang Malay Association

THE founding of the Penang Malay Association (PMA) on the Sunday of 27 March, 1927 was to give support to the Singapura Malays and...

Pekerjaan Kalam: Communicating literatures across the Archipelago

THE nation’s leading periodical on Literature is being distributed gratis beginning some years ago. Dewan Sastera is not sold in the market. It is...

The Maoris: Resisting the Pakeha, Discovering Maoriness in the Whenua

IN March 2014, I presented a paper titled “Early European/Pakeha Discourses on Melayu-Polynesian Identity”. It was at Waitangi, at the Bay of Islands, some...

Spanish Journalism and Media in the Malay Archipelago: The Press in early Philippines

THE narrative of colonial presence in the Malay Archipelago has largely forgotten the Spaniards. We remember Dutch and British newspapers, publishing and printing activities...

The Kadazandusun and Fuad Stephens: Journalism and the creation of an Identity

ON 30 June 1960, the North Borneo News and The Sabah Times (NBNST)  published an article titled "Dusun or Kadazan". It was penned by...

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