Gerak Budaya

“Membaca Lastik mengingatkan kita tentang zaman anak-anak muda bermain lastik dengan kerikil tajam… Pelurunya satu dan harus jitu setiap kali dilepaskan, bukan peluru penabur yang bertebaran. Menulis juga ibarat melepaskan lastik, dan supaya menepati sasaran, bidikannya harus bagus dan pembidik mesti tidak jemu berlatih….Buku ini tempat penulis-penulis muda menajam dan menunjukkan bakat masing-masing yang segar, kritis dan tidak semestinya menuruti yang konvensional. Ini suatu eksperimentasi yang menarik, berani dan kehadirannya dialu-alukan…..”

Profesor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rahman Embong

Felo Utama

Institut Kajian Malaysia dan Antarabangsa (IKMAS)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

“Inilah sifat manusia bermain (homo ludens) yang mana segi-segi kemanusiaan itu akan lebih terunggul sekiranya memiliki sifat-sifat ini dengan alami dan ampuh. Kalau tidak pandai bermain itulah suatu ketempangan dan kerugian. Kalau sudah pandai bermain, tahulah bahaya jatuh dan luka. Dengan bermain menambah kawan, dapatlah badan berpeluh, tangkas berlari dan sembunyi dan cergas dan cerdas terbangun sama.”

Dr Azhar Ibrahim

Jabatan Pengajian Melayu

Universiti Nasional Singapura


In the 2013 General Election Anwar Ibrahim led Malaysia᾿s opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, to win, for the first time, the majority of the popular vote, though not the majority of the parliamentary seats. Less than two years later, Anwar Ibrahim was incarcerated in Sungai Buloh prison on the charge of sodomy, the second time that he was convicted and imprisoned for such a similar offence since his sacking as Deputy Prime Minister in 1998. However, that first conviction was dismissed by the Federal Court in 2004.

In Reversal of Verdict, lawyer and long-time commentator on Anwar᾿s legal battles, Pawancheek Marican, explains the various appeals and applications for review to the country᾿s highest courts made by Anwar against his latest conviction which saw him go from a free man – perhaps on the verge of  the Prime Ministership – to a prisoner of the Malaysian state. Based upon court transcripts and interviews with key figures of Anwar᾿s legal team, Reversal of Verdict exposes the failures of due process and of legal thinking endemic in the trial, as well as critically assesses Malaysia᾿s judicial system in an era of political conflict.

Pawancheek Marican is an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. Graduating with a Master of Laws degree from the University of Malaya he was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1977. His previous publications include Islamic Inheritance Laws in Malaysia (Lexis-Nexis, 2004), Anwar on Trial: In the Face of Injustice (Gerakbudaya, 2009) and Charade of Justice: Anwar’s Third Trial (Gerakbudaya, 2012).

Reversal of Verdict: Anwar Ibrahim Goes Back To Prison

In The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia, technological wonder merges with the everyday: children upgrade their fighting spiders with armour and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. The fantastic has always been part of our landscape: large fish lumber across the skies, aswang represent diwata to faraway diplomats, boat people find a new home on the edge of a different dimension. Technology and tradition meld as the people adapt to the changing forces of their world.

Steampunk takes on Southeast Asia in this anthology, infused with the spirits of its diverse peoples, legends, and geography. Delving into local alternate histories, we will introduce you to a dynamic steampunk world quite different from the one you may be familiar with.

The SEA is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia

Malaysia is one of a kind. It is a unique and rare gem, a melting pot with an infinite mixture of ingredients. As Malaysians we are made from various races and different languages but this country blends us all together, coalescing all of our strengths and weaknesses. Blessed with abundant natural resources and harvests, from tin to rubber, palm oil, timber, bauxite, and of course petroleum, Malaysia is a rich country.

As a nation we have all of the essential ingredients to flourish, but are we flourishing? It is shocking how this small country of 31.8 million people managed to assume the title of the region’s most unequal nation, the most inefficient energy user, and the home to one of the world’s largest financial scandals, 1MDB.

Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians grew out of the author’s search for enlightening answers to Malaysia’s problems as well as his wishes and proposals for a better Malaysia. It is his attempt to bring pressure upon decision makers and policy specialists, as well as to create awareness amongst the public of the need for solutions to the problems plaguing the country.

Deliberations in this book are hardly the author’s alone – they are humbly shared in the hope that they can be expounded further through the public domain which will only be a success if individuals come together in a collective effort for all Malaysians. There are no impossibilities that Malaysians cannot face and overcome, every Malaysian counts. And to that end – requiro!

Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians - New and Expanded Edition

For some people, to be Liberal, Malay and Malaysian is to be a walking contradiction, to be pulled in more directions than your body can take. If you’re Malay you aren’t supposed to be liberal and of course you must be a Malay before you’re a Malaysian! Right? Not for Zan Azlee. In Liberal, Malay and Malaysian Zan passionately argues for a Malaysian and a Malay identity which moves beyond identity politics, fatwas, censorship and moral policing and which allows individuals to be who they want to be. Covering themes of politics, race, religion and protest, Zan records a nation in turmoil, caught between activism and apathy and counters this with an honest and open assessment of Malaysian life.

Zan Azlee is a journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker. In the past decade, he has been detained by the Lebanese army while attempting to cross the border into Syria, cowered under the bed of his hotel when he heard gunshots in Afghanistan, saved by protestors from concrete blocks thrown by police in Egypt, tear gassed by riot forces in Turkey and rescued by the police when he had leg cramps during a BERSIH demonstration in Kuala Lumpur.He has authored six books and made several documentaries that have been screened at various international and local film festivals and won awards at the Festival Filem Malaysia, Anugerah Seri Angkasa and Malaysian Video Awards. Follow his exploits on FATBIDIN.COM

Liberal, Malay and Malaysian: Writing of a Walking Contradiction

Some of the most engaging contemporary writing has seen the transformation of the political column into a literary art form – an important way of taking in the world and thinking deeply about it. In his first collection of essays, Zairil Khir Johari offers quick-witted and focused reflections on some of the most pressing and contentious issues of the day. At the heart of the matter is the bane of Malaysian politics – the ethnic question – from which he explores a range of high-profile issues: identity, secularism, federalism, the economy, good governance and education. After sixty years of nationhood, Zairil finds much that is wrong with Malaysia. Its eccentricities are by no means benign. Yet these essays also offer answers to his own assertion that ‘we need to move beyond this.’ At once both philosophical and practical, Finding Malaysia lays down a marker for any serious debate over the future trajectory of the country.

Zairil Khir Johari was elected as the MP for Bukit Bendera, Penang in 2013. A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, he is currently the Democratic Action Party’s assistant secretary for national publicity and vice-chairman of the party’s Penang state committee. He is also the executive director of the Penang Institute, a public policy think tank. Through his work in Parliament and the Penang Institute, he actively spearheads discussions on issues such as national education, identity politics and federalism.

Finding Malaysia : Making Sense of an Eccentric Nation

The news from Patani is like a movie: smoke, bombs, a near civil war. Yet just over our northern border, the people are Muslim, Bahasa-speaking, baju-wearing Malays, just like us. With this in mind, documentary-maker Zan Azlee set off to find the real Patani, trying to seperate the kedai kopi from the Humvees, the gunfights from the nasi kerabu. It’s hard to make new friends and man a camera while looking over your shoulder for suicide bombers. But he was determined to ask the question: how do people live their lives in a warzone?

With his resulting film banned for political reasons, this is Azlee’s first chance to share what he found.

Operation Nasi Kerabu: Finding Patani In An Islamic Insurgency

Buku Membangun Bangsa ini merupakan koleksi ucapan-ucapan Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor yang telah diolah menjadi topik-topik yang mudah untuk dihalusi oleh pembaca. Buku yang menyaksikan perbincangan mengenai dasar-dasar yang telah dilakukan oleh Dato’ Menteri Besar selama dua tahun beliau mengemudi Kerajaan Selangor. Agenda pembangunan makmur Selangor dan cakna rakyat digarap dengan baik bagi memastikan matlamat pembangunan dapat difahami dengan baik oleh seluruh rakyat.

Membangun Bangsa

Menghimpunkan untaian prosa kecil dan puisi terilih. Lorong sufi itu sebenarnya adalah hati manusia. Kaum sufi percaya bahawa di dalam lorong hati manusia yang paling terdalam itu ada hakikat sejati yang bukan diciptakan Allah seperti benda-benda di alam dunia yang kasar ini. Kaum sufi memilik istilah-istilah tersendiri dan telah memberikan pelbagai nama kepadanya. Itulah yang dikatakan Wujud Haqiqi. Ada yang menamakan Haqiqatul Muhammadiyah, Rasiah Allah, Kesatuan Wujud, Ceruk Cahaya, Al-Misykat Khatamun Nabi, Hakikat Insan, Jauhar Awwal dan bermacam-macam istilahnya lagi. Pokoknya, dari situlah asal-usul hakikat manusia dan merupakan realiti yang sudah sedia ada sejak Azali lagi tanpa berubah, kekal abadi dan tidak bercerai-tanggal daripada Zat Allah sebagai Yang Maha Pencipta.

Misykat Sufi: Di Sebalik Tabir Suluk Kekasih

Bumiputra Malaysia Finance Limited (BMF) was a financial institution set up in Hong Kong at the end of 1977. Its parent bank was the Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (BBMB) which was established in 1965 with public funds to promote Bumiputera participation in the economy. In the 1980s, during Mahathir Mohamad’s administration, BMF lost M$2.5 billion, allegedly due to fraud and corruption, which could not be accounted for until today. After about 35 years, another similar colossal financial scandal was alleged to have taken place through 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). 1MDB is a development company set up by the Malaysian government in 2009, during Najib Razak’s administration, with a focus on the long-term economic development of the country. However, within about eight years, it has run up more than RM42 billion in debts and key figures are tainted by allegations of abuse of power and corruption. It is therefore timely to revisit the BMF case, to discuss and compare it with the present interest in the 1MDB case.

This book will highlight the alleged fraud and corruption that took place in both cases – tracing the money trail, the problematic structure of both organisations, the political and social structure and environment in Malaysia during the occurrence of both scandals, and finally compare both cases, to provide an analysis of the social and political progress of Malaysia in the last three decades.

From BMF to 1MDB

“Who Hijacked Islam”, tanya sebuah esei Anwar Ibrahim yang diterbitkan majalah Time.

Mungkin jika diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Melayu, “siapa yang mencilok agama?”.

Kata Syari’ati, cuma ada dua jenis agama di sini. Agama orang tertindas (Mustadh’afin/Oppressed), dan agama orang penindas (Mustakbirin/Oppressor). Kedua-duanya agama, tetapi mana satu agama yang dihentam Marx sebagai ‘opiate of the masses’ yang berperanan untuk mem-pacify-kan (baca: meng-hanana-kan) masyarakatnya, dan menjadi senjata kelas berkuasa (ruling class)?

Adakah agama perlu menjadi ‘addin wad daulah-agama dan Negara?’ kenapa agama perlu campurtangan terhadap urusan peribadi? Tak bolehkah agama menjadi suatu urusan personal masing-masing, seperti kata Malcolm X, ‘kita

dipukul, kita dilanyak, bukan kerana agama kita (Islam atau Kristian), tetapi kerana warna kulit kita..,’

Ini adalah kumpulan tulisan Benz Ali yang pernah tersiar di Projek Dialog, nota nota di Facebook, yang diedit semula, dan diperkembangkan semula wawasannya.

Agama & Hegemoni Negara: Siapa yang Mencilok Agama?

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