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Tuesday 31 August 2021

New Arrivals at The Penang Bookshelf in August 2021


New Arrivals at The Penang Bookshelf


August 2021

(Last Updated 31-8-21)

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Malaysia & Singapore - Agriculture

At the time of writing both Malaysia and Singapore were 'freakishly' unique in Southeast Asia in that, like many of their neighbours, they had development plans, but in these countries the government efforts at spurring economic development actually appeared to be working. In order to see whether others could learn from Malaysia's experience particularly, the author sets out to discover the reasons behind the country's success. Good Hardback. 257 pages. with a bibliography and an index.

Malaysia & Singapore - Anthropology & Sociology

A collection of papers presented at a symposium held in Sabah in 1989. The topics covered include Conceptual, Methodological and Legal Issues, Urbanisation, the Environment, the role of Local Government and Policy Issues. Very Good Hardback. First Edition. 339 pages.

Malaysia & Singapore - Armed Force & Policing

This book traces the short and glorious history of the Iban Trackers who were reformed into the Sarawak Rangers when the British Government took over from the Brooke regime in 1948. They saw action in  the Malayan 'Emergency' , The Brunei Rebellion and in the Konfrontasi with Indonesia before being merged into the Malaysian army when Sarawak became part of Malaysia in 1963. New Paperback. First Edition. 125 pages  with some black and white and colour plates and a chronology of the unit's history. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Biography & Memoirs

This is the autobiography of a scholar and  resident of Malacca in the 19th century. He was an associate of several East India Company officers, including Raffles, and so provides a rare account, from a local viewpoint, of the time when the British were rapidly extending their influence on the Peninsula. This translation includes the main work, Volume I, and the smaller Volume II, but is only in English with an extensive introduction, many useful notes and a commentary. The book also contains 7 pages of maps of the Peninsula and Malacca at the time as well as one or two line drawings. and a 28 page historical introduction There is also an index. very Good Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1955 353 pages. 

Now known as SMK Perempuan Pudu, Pudu English School, Kuala Lumpur, was one of the earliest schools in the English medium for girls in Malaya. Josephine Foss, a level headed experienced missionary teacher, was head mistress there for nearly two decades before being taken prisoner by the Japanese in World War II and helped set the school on the map. Gullick, a prolific historian of British Malaya, here tells her inspiring story from childhood to retirement.  Very Good Paperback 198 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. 

Janti takes us on an interesting journey as he transforms himself from a being a Sarawak Iban boy, living into a longhouse too, as he says, "an officer and a gentleman" in the Malaysian army. His nearly 20 years' service also gives us insights as to how the post-colonial army began to build its own identity and traditions. Near Fine Paperback Revised Edition 150 pages. 

A reprint of Collis' popular 1965 biography of Raffles. New Paperback. Reprint  216 pages.

This is the autobiography of Janet Lim, who was born in China to parents who abandoned her, sold as a domestic servant to a family in Singapore, from which she managed to escape and train as a nurse as the Second World War was approaching. On escaping from Singapore she fell into Japanese hands and remained their prisoner until the end of the war. This is reputed to be the first book written in English by a woman from Singapore. Good Hardback. First Edition. 256 pages.

An unusual record of life in Penang during the Japanese occupation, i.e. the meticulous journal kept by a French priest, who was not interned because of France then being part of the Axis powers. The diary is a mixture of the author and his fellow clergy's attempts to stay alive and an account of the major events on the island during the war period. Introduce, annotated and translated by Serge Jardin. New Paperback. First Edition. 240 pages with an index.

Malaysia & Singapore - Boats, Fishing & The Sea

This is the record of a fascinating project by the museum whereby over several years they had invited traditional boat builders to construct boats on the museum premises so as to be able to better understand the construction process of Viking longboats. In the past the museum had hosted craftsmen from Northern Europe and North America, but this time they invited a boat builder from the Punan Bah people of Sarawak. The first part of the book describes the Punan Bah people and their culture, the second part describes the detailed process of building a Punan Bah longboat and the third part places the longboat in a wider historical context.  New Hardback. 147 pages with a glossary and a bibliography. 

This is the encyclopedic result of a five year study carried out to identify more than 700 species of fish to be found in Malaysian coastal waters and estuaries. The taxonomic information of each species is given, together with line drawings and, in some cases, coloured illustrations. There is also information on the distribution, biology and commercial importance, if any, of each species. 744 pages including 57 pages of colour plates, a bibliography and indexes of scientific, English and Malay names. New Hardback in a Similar Dust Jacket. First edition


One of Malaysia leading photo journalists, a native of Borneo revisits his homeland to capture his fellow Sabahans and Sarawakians in a range of black and white photographs concentrating mainly on the indigenous peoples of these two states. In his introduction, Lau gives a brief introduction to the history of photography in Borneo. Near Fine Paperback  98 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

A brief history of a building which started out as a Prisoner of War camp used by the Japanese and ended up as a Teachers' Training College. In the course of her researches, the author discovered that the building has been used as a place of learning from its earliest days. A British POW started the 'Undercover University of Kuching' for the education of fellow inmates. 108 pages with several colour and black and white photographs and reproductions of war time documents.  As New  Paperback  First Edition.

Although the book is titled "Kuching in 1990", much of the book documents how the capital city of Malaysia's largest sate has changed by comparing photographs taken in 1990 with those taken in earlier times. In his usual indefatigable manner, the compiler manages to gather together a selection of photographs that would be difficult to find anywhere else. Near Fine Paperback 139 pages.

An amateur enthusiast's history of the Brooke era backed up by a wide selection of black and white photographs until the end of World War II. Near Fine Paperback First Edition 171 pages. 

Departing from the more traditional interpretation of James Brooke as being a part of the 19th century British imperial continuum, Walker examines how Brooke drew upon the prevailing economic and ritual relationships prevalent in Borneo to establish his rule.  Please see scanned photos for a list of the chapters. 

Whereas before independence most literature on the Dayak Bidayuhs had been written by Westerners, this collection of articles by Bidayuhs themselves reflects their view of the role and experiences of the people at the end of the 20th century. 88 pages with a few black and white photographs. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

The Sarawak United Peoples' Party (SUPP) was the first political party formed in the state in response to the 1959 constitution which failed to grant the self-governance expected by most citizens. This book traces the party's history from then until the beginning of this century. 515 pages.


Wherever the British set foot they usually managed to establish a club and Kuching was no exception. This book was published shortly after the 130th anniversary of the founding of the club and because most of the club records were destroyed in a fire ten years before, it is likely to be the main record of the club's history. Foo, a former civil servant, and historian pieced the information together from his own papers and other sources. 128 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

The author, a retired civil servant, who had served for some time among the Serian Bidayuh people, has compiled a detailed study of this tribal group, hamlet by hamlet. The Bidayuh, although the fourth largest group in the state of Sarawak generally, are the majority in the area under study. With the benefit of his training as a sociologist, Chang Pat Foh has been able to piece together the varied histories of each clan or group within the Bidayuh community generally. Near Fine Hardback. First Edition. 331 pages with a bibliography, glossary, an index and several black and white and colour photographs. 

An off print of an article by one of Sarawak's greatest publicists about the Sarawak Museum, of which he was curator for a time. The article is in English and French. 12 pages with some black and white photographs. 

In this second of Margaret Brooke's autobiographies, published shortly before her death, the consort of the second Brooke Rajah of Sarawak, brings her life up to date, some twenty years after the publication of My Life in Sarawak, her first autobiography. She ended her life in England after giving birth to three children following the deaths in infancy of her first three children. Very Good Paperback. 308 pages with an index. 

A further volume in Werner's extensive review of the indigenous healing arts of Malaysia. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. 150 pages.

Malaysia & Singapore - Business, Economics & Labour

In this booklet Lim, Professor of Economics at the University of Malaya at the time, provides the reader with a collection of his prviously published essays re-edited for this volume. The essays tackle a wide range of issues as Singapore prepares itself for the economic challenges of the latter part of the 20th century.  Very Good Paperback. First Edition 74 pages.

A report by the noted financial consulting group on Sarawak's economy in 2013. Near Fine Paperback. 216 pages.

A book designed to introduce the timber trade to the variety of timber available in Sarawak. Each species described  is accompanied by a colour photograph and information on supplies, weight range and spot characters. Very Good Hardback. 91 pages with a list of references and many colour photographs.  

The author demonstrates in this well researched and cogent book how, despite independence, many of the regional disparities in existence at the time of the British administration still persist. For example Sabah and Sarawak, although producing high revenues from natural resources, have one of the highest incidences of poverty in the country. New Paperback First Edition 165 pages.

In the first part of the book the author sets out the theory of input-output analysis, i.e. a model to track the interrelationship between differing sectors of production. He then proceeds to demonstrate how this technique can be applied to Malaysia's economy at present. 243 pages with various figures and tables, a bibliography and an index.

The Ban Hin Lee Bank, the first bank founded in Penang, owes its origins and success to one of the many penniless Chinese immigrants who arrived in Penang at the end of the 19th century. Within a couple of decades of his arrival, Yeap Chor Ee had started a bank that was to become one of the best known in the country with branches throughout Malaya and in Singapore. This book covers the bank's history until its merger with Southern Bank in 2020. New Hardback in a New Dust Jacket.  184 pages with an index and several black and white and colour photographs.

Malaysia & Singapore - Children

A children's book for early readers, written in English and Malay, following the adventures of Tom the crocodile in the Borneo rainforest. In the course of the story the reader is introduced to a range of animals and plants to spark an interest in conservation. The author is a biologist. Illustrated by Ally Shaw. 43 pages. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Chinese Community & Culture

Malaysia's economic life would be unrecognisable without the contributions of generations of Malaysians of Chinese origin. In this book the author recounts the histories of eleven Chinese family businesses in Sarawak, looking both at their origins and how they are coping as the founders hand over to new managers, very often from the next generation. New Paperback. First Edition. 170 pages with an index, figures, tables and some black and white and colour photographs.

A humourous, but pointed, look at the changing habits of Singaporean Chinese, seen through the eyes of a traditionalist. Good Paperback. First Edition. 78 pages. with about six cartoons

Malaysia & Singapore - Cooking & Food

Staff of the main agricultural university in Malaysia present a wide range of herbs used in cooking in the country. Each entry is accompanied by colour photographs, information about cultivation and use and health benefits. 126 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Constitution, Laws & Legal System

As Fernando points out in his preface, this work is intended to bridge a gap in scholarly writing examining the personal relationships, agendas and deals behind the scenes that led to getting a constitution ready in time for independence in 1957. The omens for achieving something workable were not particularly bright. The encouragement of popular Malayan participation in Government was novel, the country was struggling to come to terms with a new Communist insurrection and racial conflict was being stoked up by several players. The contents include - 1 - The Origins of the Alliance (1948-1952), 2 - The Transformation of the Alliance (1952-1955), 3 - The Alliance Memorandum and the Inter-communal Bargain (1955-1956), 4 - The Reid Commission: A Question of Balance (1956-1957), 5 - The Tripartite Negotiations, 6 - The Alliance, Nationalism and National Identity: Some Theoretical Perspectives & 7 - Conscience of a Nation. 243 pages. There are also two appendices, a list of sources & a bibliography as well as an index. New Hardback. First Edition 

A collection of contributions from eleven academics on not only the impact of family law, but laws generally, on the family in Malaysia. Areas covered include healthcare, constitutional issues and Islamic property division amongst others. New Paperback. First Edition. 184 pages.

Malaysia & Singapore - Education

An examination of the Malaysian education system at various stages in the 20th century. The author argues that the different emphases placed by educators, both before and after independence, on various aspects of the curriculum reflect their political masters' plans for the nation that they want to shape. He also  highlights the differences both before and after the declaration of the Vision 2020 goal. 145 pages with a bibliography and index 

A brief survey of the Malayan schools system in the post war years just prior to independence. The book is divided into three parts covering the variety of schools in the country, the progress in spreading education and the educational policy prevailing at the time. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 35 pages. 

Khoo Kay Kim, a professor of history at the university, traces the institution's origins from being a medical college through to becoming a fully fledged university, firstly in Singapore and then in Kuala Lumpur. The university remains the country's leading academic institution. 171 pages with an index. New Hardback. First Edition

Malaysia & Singapore - "The Emergency"

Buku ini mengupas usaha-usaha yang diambil oleh pihak kerajaan, baik kerajaan British mahupun kerajaan Persekutuan dalam membanteras gerakan komunis di Tanah Melayu ketika zaman darurat (1948-1960). Pada masa sama, buku ini juga menilai keberkesanan usaha kerajaan dalam membanteras komunis dan memulihkan keamanan di Tanah Melayu. Perbincangan terhadap usaha kerajaan itu dibahagikan kepada tiga tahap, iaitu tahap permulaan, tahap pengukuhan dan tahap penghapusan. Tahap permulaan (1948-1951) ialah ketika kerajaan merancang dasar dan mengambil langkah permulaan bagi mengawal keadaan darurat di Tanah Melayu. Peringkat ini bermula dengan pengisytiharan Undang-undang Darurat oleh Sir Edward Gent sehingga pembunuhan Pesuruhjaya Tinggi British, Sir Henry Gurney oleh komunis pada Oktober 1951. Tahap pengukuhan (1952-1954) dalam usaha kerajaan membanteras komunis bermula dengan pelantikan Sir Gerald Templer sebagai Pesuruhjaya Tinggi British dan tahap ini berakhir dengan Templer meninggalkan Tanah Melayu setelah tamat tempoh perkhidmatannya pada pertengahan tahun 1954. Tahap kedua ini menyaksikan kejayaan usaha kerajaan dalam melemahkan pergerakan komunis dan memenangi sokongan penduduk kepada kerajaan. Tahap penghapusan (1954-1960) pula menyaksikan langkah pembanterasan komunis yang masih bergerak di Tanah Melayu di bawah Sir Donald MacGillivray selaku Pesuruhjaya Tinggi British sehingga Tanah Melayu mencapai kemerdekaan. Pentadbiran negara seterusnya diambil alih oleh kerajaan Persekutuan dan usaha pembanterasan komunis terus dijalankan sehingga akhirnya zaman darurat diisytiharkan tamat pada 31 Julai 1960. Usaha-usaha kerajaan tersebut sama ada dari segi politik, ketenteraan, sosial mahupun psikologi akhirnya telah dapat memenangi sokongan penduduk dan melemahkan pergerakan komunis sehingga saki baki komunis terpaksa berundur ke kawasan sempadan Thailand. 262 pages including a bibliography and an index.

Templer, often credited with turning the tide against against the Communist insurgents in the 'Emergency.' was a complex man. In this book the author, with the co-opertaion of, but not directed by his widow seeks to piece together his life. Although he had many other accomplishments, both before and after his service in Malaya, he died largely unnoticed by politicians, but mourned by his fellow soldiers. Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. First Edition   Please see scanned photos for a list of the chapters. 508 pages with some black and white photographs.

Malaysia & Singapore - Environment, Nature & Wildlife

This book is a detailed study of Malaysian rain forest over a period of 10 years starting from May 1962. The author discusses Malayan rain forest,  prehistory archaeology, methodology, geographical heterogeneity and diversity, biotic and non-biotic resources, ethnoecology and lastly forest product collection and trade. Near Fine Paperback. Reprint 151 pages with list of tables and figures. 

Smythies compiled this checklist of birds on the island of Borneo in preparation for his definitive work, The Birds of Borneo, which was first published in 1960 and, several editions later, it remains the definitive book on avifauna for Borneo. Each of the 549 birds listed includes information on its habitat and bibliographical references. Good Paperback. First Edition This was published as Vol. VII No 9 New Series, No 24 Old Series of the Sarawak Museum Journal 295 pages with a bibliography, a fold out map and one black and white plate. 

This book still holds its position as one of the best introductions to plant life in Malaysia. Very Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket Reprint.  Originally published in 1990 160 pages with many colour illustrations. 

This book is unusual in that it concentrates solely on frogs' calls or croaks. The species studied are five from the genus Hylarana from Sarawak. First edition. New Paperback. With a CD of recordings of the croaks. 78 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

At the time of writing 603 species of birds had been recorded on the peninsula. This book confines itself mainly to the year round inhabitants and a few of the more common migratory birds. Very Good Hardback. Reprint of the Second Edition 69 pages. 20 colour plates and a few line drawings with an index. 

These three volumes contain the most comprehensive and up to date information on Ferns and Lycophytes on the Malaysian peninsula. Volume 1 (ISBN 9789675221248), published in 2010 with 249 pages contains an overview of the orders, families and genera, and revisions of 9 families, 21 genera and 100 species, Volume 2 (ISBN 9789675221941), published in 2013 with 243 pages, covers 9 ferns families, 26 genera and 107 species and Volume 3 (ISBN 9789672149644), published in 2020 with 307 pages, covers a further 9 families, 32 genera and 115 species. Each volume contains numerous maps, line drawings and colour plates and indices of English, scientific and vernacular names. New Hardbacks, First Editions.

Originally published in 1927, this book was compiled by the then Chief Justice of the Straits Settlements and the Curator of Raffles Museum. It was intended for the amateur bird spotter in Singapore and includes the scientific, Malay and common English names. Very Good Hardback. Reprint. 247 pages with 31 coloured plates. 

The mussel species Perna viridis has been found to be a good gauge of heavy metal pollution in the seas. The author, who has had more than 60 peer reviewed papers published on the subject, explains in detail major aspects of ecology and ecotoxicology concerning this species and suggests further improvements to the criteria for an effective biomonitor. New Paperback. First Edition. 168 pages with an index, references, tables, line drawings and some colour photographs.

A handy and sturdy pocket guide to over 200 hundred plant species to be found in this forest and in lowland forests on the peninsula generally. Each entry includes a colour photograph, description, the plant's uses, its ecology and scientific and Malay names. 217 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

One of Southeast Asia's most distinguished 20th century naturalists, after a career of 25 years on the Raffles Museum staff, introduces the reader to the wide variety of mammals still living in the wild in Malaysia. Very Good Hardback. Reprint. This book was originally published in 1978. Very Good Hardback. First Edition 87 pages with over fifty colour plates as well as line drawings throughout the text. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

In this, the most comprehensive recent study of the subject, the authors provide information on 160 genera from 27 families that are commonly found in Malaysia. Each of the genera is illustrated by a colour photograph and includes a description of its features and habitat. Just in case you want to collect them, the book also contains information on preserving specimens. 195 pages with references, a glossary and an index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Fiction

A graphic novel in Bahasa Malaysia by the noted film director and visual artist. The novel is set against the background of the 1964 Malaysian General Elections, the first such elections after the formation of the country. The illustrations are in black and white New Paperback. First Edition. 271 pages.

A collection of short stories with an unusual theme. The author, better known as a historian, and her late husband have been associated with JARO (The Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation) for several years. All these stories seek to demonstrate how those whose lives have been enriched by JARO are ordinary people with ordinary joys and problems, who also happen to be differently abled. The proceeds of the book's sales will be given to JARO. New Hardback in a New Dust Jacket. First Edition. 

A collection of short stories, a poem and a dramatic sketch by someone who was best known as a playwright. Kala Dewata was one of the pseudonyms of  Mustapha Kamil bin Yassin. Good paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1963. 91 pages

This book was issued in the publisher's "'Boys' Empire Series" and, true to type, follows the hero's adventures on "a colonising expedition" to the Malay Archipelago as he charges here and there wreaking havoc to the bewilderment and suffering of all around him. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. First Edition. 254 pages.

A satirical novel by a British civil servant who was in Malaya between 1884 and 1911, imagining what life in the country would have been like had he been there three hundred years earlier. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1909. 331 pages.

Better known as a horror short story writer, Halim rings the changes in this novel. Murder, lust, revenge, love and fear spur the story along. The publisher's blurb also promises 'curse upon curse,' to confirm that the author has not deserted his traditional audience. 323 pages. 

A collection of comical short stories by one of Singapore's leading writers. Here she pokes fun at everyday life in the city state. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 128 pages.

This is the first novel of one of Singapore's preeminent novelists. It follows the ups and downs of Vincent Tan, a yuppie on the make, who thinks he has life sorted amidst the hustle and bustle of Singapore until he runs into a few problems. 147 pages. Very Good Paperback. Reprint.

Malaysia & Singapore - Folklore

These books of fables from Raja Bongsu's Malay Annals were produced to give children in schools something 'Malayan' to read rather than English stories which were more standard fare at the time. The text is based on CC Brown's translation of the Annals. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1956 81 pages. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Gender

The lot of Chinese women who arrived in Malaysia during the colonial period has been the subject of very few studies. Here the author sets out some preliminary findings to demonstrate that women's experiences often differed significantly from that of their male counterparts. The analysis includes prostitution, the tin and rubber industries, domestic service and other economic activities. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 115 pages with a bibliography. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Health & Medicine

A range of professionals look at various aspects concerning mental health in Malaysia and the care that is and could be provided in this field. The contributors cover particular issues relating to special groups such as women, children, the elderly and drug addicts, but also look at the role played by Malaysia's three main religions in this area. New Paperback. First Edition. 261 pages.

This book not only describes a wide range of Malaysian herbs, their bioactive compounds and traditional uses, but also both home and industrial methods for drying and extracting chemicals from them. The author is an academic food technologist who has also patented some herb processing methods.New Paperback 102 pages with references and an index.

Malaysia & Singapore - History

The compiler of this book was a former editor of the Singapore Chronicle. The book consists of articles on various aspects of topography and  life in Southeast Asia contributed to the newspaper by John Crawfurd, a colleague of Raffles and prolific writer on the archipelago. It was meant to be the first part of a two volume work, but the second volume was never published. Good Hardback. Facsimile Reprint. Originally published in 1837. Approximately 400 pages With six pull out maps of Singapore Town, The Indian Archipelago, The Coti River in Borneo,Malacca Territory, A Chart of the Singapore and Rhio Straits and a Map of Price of Wales Island and Province Wellesley.

Malaysia & Singapore - History (Pre-18th Century)

Ibn Battuta telah disanjung sebagai musafir terbesar. Selama perjalanannya yang merentang hampir tiga puluh tahun, ia telah melintasi Dunia Timur, mengunjungi daerah-daerah yang luasnya sama dengan luas 44 buah negara zaman moden, dan merentasi kawasan seluas kira-kira 73,000 batu. Rihla karangan Ibn Battuta adalah sebuah tinjauan lengkap tentang tokoh-tokoh, tempat pemerintahan dan pelbagai keanehan dunia Muslim pada satu per empat kedua abad ke-14, yang ditulis dalam gaya sastera yang lazim pada zamannya. 378 pages. with a bibliography and an index.

This book contains a collection of eight contributions from a multidisciplinary team of linguists, archaeologists, geologists, mathematicians and manuscript experts to examine various aspects of the Batu Bersurat of Terengganu, the only example of the oldest form of Jawi script. This collaborative effort unearthed several new findings relating to the early history of the country. 202 pages with an appendix bibliography and index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - History (20th Century)

Fernando, a noted Malaysian constitutional historian, uses recently declassified official documents to flesh out the role of the Alliance Party in convincing the British to grant independence to Malaya. He comes to the conclusion that independence was not handed to his countrymen 'on a silver platter,' as some have suggested, but rather nationhood was established through a mixture of tough negotiating backed up by public protest. New Paperback. First Edition 155 pages with an index.

This is Hanna's follow up to his earlier book, The Formation of Malaysia. Having established himself in Southeast Asia in 1947, he draws on both his interviews with citizens and their politicians and library based research to analyse the development of the the individual states of the country and their political and economic development. All this is set against a background of the growing threat from nearby Indonesia. Very Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. Reprint. 288 pages with an index 

This book  mainly covers the period when Laurence Guillemard was Governor of the Straits Settlements and High Commissioner for the Federated Malay States. He was the the first such official to arrive without previous colonial experience and came with a mission to decentralise government in the hope of encouraging greater participation by the sultans, much to the chagrin of British and Chinese commercial interests. Guillemard's stewardship of British Government policy also saw the start of a campaign to encourage Malays to join the civil service. Very Good Hardback. First Edition. 395 pages with a bibliography, index and some black and white plates

This major study of the residential system, where sultans ran their states, but were 'advised' by British residents, covers the period from the beginning of active British involvement on the Malayan peninsula until the establishing of the Federated Malay States, under a more centralised administration. Sadka looks at the purpose, theory and practice of the residency system mainly as it affected Perak and Selangor, the initial members, and later Negeri Sembilan and Pahang. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket 464 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details.

Since Malaysia has tended to have fairly interventionist Government policies, the contributors examine the effects in a wide variety of sectors. Considering that Malaysia reportedly has one of the most bloated civil services in Southeast Asia, it is hardly surprising that the state's role is often seen to be ineffective and, in some cases, damaging. Nevertheless the book also manages to highlight ways in which many of these failings can be put to rights. New Paperback. First Edition. 149 pages with an index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Indian Community & Culture

The author traces the political history of the Indian community in Malaya from the end of World War II until independence. The community had been politically awakened by the Japanese occupation forces and were not going to be left out of the independence process as they turned their focus from India to their new home. The book also examines how the Malayan Indian Congress transformed form being non communal into joining the Alliance where racial politics were central. Very Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. First Edition. 260 pages with a bibliography and an index. 

This detailed study does not directly take a broad look at the situations of people of Indian origin in Malaya, but rather concentrates on the life of the inhabitants of one particular plantation in Negeri Sembilan. Although his study concentrates mainly on how such immigrants and their descendants interact with each other, the book also takes into account the changing environment outside the estate and how his subjects did, or did not adapt. Fine Hard Back in a Very Good Dust Jacket 459 pages.  Please see scanned photo of the contents page for a list of the chapters. 

The author was an Englishman, who came to Malaya as a National Serviceman, later returned, married a Malaysian and wrote several authoritative books on the country. In this, his last book before his death in 2003, he gives an overview of the origins and history of the Indian community in Malaysia while also mentioning the continuing influence of pre colonial Indian culture on the Malay world generally. Near Fine Paperback. First Edition. 243 pages.

The author traces the political history of the Indian community in Malaya from the end of World War II until independence. The community had been politically awakened by the Japanese occupation forces and were not going to be left out of the independence process as they turned their focus from India to their new home. The book also examines how the Malayan Indian Congress transformed form being non communal into joining the Alliance where racial politics were central. Very Good Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket. First Edition. 260 pages with a bibliography and an index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Journalism

A collection of articles by the well known journalist and lawyer about individuals' experiences in adapting to a changing Malaysia. Raslan's work has continued to win critical approval. New Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1996. 182 pages

Malaysia & Singapore - Language & Linguistics

Brown sets out in this book to introduce the reader to Bahasa Melayu jati or 'true Malay' as it was spoken away from large conurbations with their foreign influences. Most of the book is devoted to Malay as it was spoken in the mid 20th century in Kelantan, Perak and Terengganu with some comments on 'country Malay' generally. Very Good Hardback. First Edition. 259 pages with appendices on Arabic words and the times of Day

This book was produced as part of an effort to preserve the Kejaman language, which is now probably spoken by about 1,200 people concentrated in two longhouses. After giving some background to the community and explaining the phonological and morphological aspects of the language, there is a short section on common phrases followed by a picture dictionary of 262 words in Kejaman, Bahasa and English. New paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 2016 76 pages with an index and several line drawings. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Literature

Syair in Malay culture are not dissimilar to odes in many European cultures; they often remind their listeners of the heroic deeds of heroes of the past. Here Goudie has painstakingly reconstructed a popular syair that tells of the exploits of Minangkabau raiders from what is now Indonesia into the Malay Peninsula. Both a transliteration into the modern Rumi script and an English translation are included. Near Fine Hardback  280 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. 

A new  translation into English by Muhammad Haji Salleh, an award winning poet, translator and academic, of what is arguably the Malay world's greatest and certainly best known literary work Written in the 17th century, the work was intended to trace the royal lineage of the Melaka from the 7th century onwards. The book is also known as the Sejarah Melayu or Malay Annals. New Paperback. 313 pages.

Malaysia & Singapore - Malay Community & Culture

This simple introduction to Malay manners and customs as they were in the mid twentieth century uses stories of family life to illustrate the author's message. The stories are interspersed with line drawings. Very Good Paperback. Revised Edition 41 pages. Chapters include - 1 - Meeting and Greeting, 2 - At Home, 3 - Harvest Time, 4 - The Wedding, 5 - Friday Prayers & 6 - A Birth and Funeral.  

Although he dabbled in politics briefly, the author's principal career was as a civil servant in Sarawak, rising to the position of State Secretary. In this book he analyses the characteristics of Malay thinking that enriched development and politics in Sarawak as well those aspects of the Malay mentality that stunted growth and ensured continuing poverty. Fine Paperback. First Edition.  

Winstedt, one of the foremost English scholars in Malay affairs at the end of the British colonial period, demonstrates his learning, in this very readable introduction to Malay culture, as he observed it on the peninsula, rather than in the Malay world as a whole. His broad sweep not only looks at culture in the mid-20th century, but also at its roots in Hinduism, animism and other influences prevalent before the arrival of Islam. In this 221 page book there are chapters on Origins, Migrations and Language, Beliefs and Religion, Social, Political, Legal and Economic Systems, Literature and Arts and Crafts as well as 2 appendices with (a) Malay text of passages cited in the book and (b) Relationships in Negri Sembilan as well as a Bibliography. 

Although he dabbled in politics briefly, the author's principal career was as a civil servant in Sarawak, rising to the position of State Secretary. At the time of writing the author despaired about the future of Malay politics in Sarawak for reasons set out in the book. The second part of the book looks at the history and significance of Perabangan, a Malay semi-aristocratic class, peculiar to Sarawak. Near Fine Paperback. First Edition.   


The Portuguese were the first European nation to establish a trading post in the Malay Archipelago, when they captured Malacca in 1511. This set of documents, in Portuguese with English translations, gives a first hand contemporaneous account of the Portuguese machinations between their first visit to the city in 1509, when they were repulsed by the local ruler, and the conquest two years later. Biographies of the main authors of the documents are included.  New Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1993. 463 page including two maps and an index.

A brief history of Melaka, formerly known as Malacca, from its time as the main gateway into Malaya for foreign merchants up to the date of publication. Hoyt draws on accounts of visitors to the city over the centuries and illustrates the book with a collection of black and white and colour pictures of representations of the city in art. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1993. 84 pages with maps on the inside covers, a bibliography band an index. 

Orang Asli/Indigenous People

An ethnographic study of a group Temuan Orang Asli/indigenous people. Toshihiro started his study expecting to see how the Temuan interacted with the communities around them and the extent to which they were able to take advantage of development opportunities. However he soon came to discover the extent to which conversion to Islam  had to be factored into their opportunities to improve their way of life. As a result, in the words of one reviewer, the author has written 'the most detailed description to date of development and Islamic pressure on the Orang Asli' . Near Fine Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 2008. 370 pages with a bibliography, index and some black and white plates.


In this analysis of communication and society in Kampung Kuala Bera, Pahang, Dr. Wilder looks at communication networks of all kinds as found in a long-established Malay village, including the uses of language, small-scale (kinship and village-based) networks, and higher-level systems (the district and the nation as a whole). His field work reflects how these networks functioned  during a period of rapid and induced social change. His study includes the first-ever publication of a Malay village genealogy, a systematic account of birth-order names (a major feature of the kinship system), complete figures on marital breakdowns for the whole village population, and a thorough analysis of leadership in its local context. 234 pages with an index. Near Fine Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket 


A well known naturalist and a botanist have joined together to produce a detailed pocket guide to the 50 species of orchid to be found on Penang Hill. The species described are a mixture or orchids that are common, difficult to find and ones that are unique to this habitat. Each species is illustrated with at least one photograph and its habitat, ecology and description are included as well. New Paperback. First Edition 151 pages. For further details please see the scanned contents page

This is a bluff and amusing account of life inside the Penang Resident Commissioner's office from 1954 until Malaysia's independence three years later. As the Commissioner's Private Secretary her cheery outlook on life enabled her to take colonial bureaucracy, the tension of the Emergency and organising social events for VIPs in her stride. 212 pages. New Paperback 

An essential for beginning to get to grips with the main language spoken in George Town, the capital of Penang island. This book is not only a dictionary, but has some useful phrases as well. 325 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details.

The island of Penang has never had sufficient natural resources to make it a source for agricultural or mineral exploitation. It was taken over by British traders in the late 18th century for the purpose of maximising trade between its neighbours and places further afield and has lucratively fulfilled this purpose for most of its history. In this book the authors concentrate on this commercial aspect of the island's history, demonstrating how it continued to flourish from the British arrival until their return at the end of World War II. New Paperback. First Edition. 273 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

Through both evocative watercolours and line drawings on every page Chin Kon Yit works a marvellous partnership with the author Chen Voon Fee to bring to life both the architectural heritage and the current street life of the rich blend of Chinese, European, Indian and Malay cultures which nurture the roots of Malaysia's second city.
The Founding of A Settlement
The Civic Spirit
The Southern Indian Connection
The Chinese Legacy
The Sumatran Link
The Straits Eclectic Style
The Waterfront   99 pages

Although Penang owes its prominence in Southeast Asia to the British East India Company's founding efforts, it was not until the first volume of this series was written that anyone had examined the origins of success in such meticulous detail. This volume tackles issues such as the establishment of a water supply, the development of the port, newspapers, a fair and just legal system, a hospital and a jail. New Hardback. First Edition. 505 pages. with a bibliography, an index and many illustrations, some of which have not been previously published. 


Ipoh, the capital of the state of Perak, came to prominence as the centre of tin mining in the 19th century, and, though no longer enjoying its former glory. is still one of Malaysia's best known cities. In this book the Berbar, an award winning photographer and a veteran photographic guide to many Malaysian cities, turns his camera on Ipoh to stunning effect. There is also a short history of Ipoh followed by the photographic collection broken down into the different areas of the city. New Hardback. First Edition. 126 pages

Malaysia & Singapore - Peranakan/Straits Chinese

Khoo, curator of the Asian Art Museum in Kuala Lumpur when she wrote this book, was an art historian by training and a Peranakan, or Straits Chinese, by birth. However, this book is not just another collection of beautiful photographs of museum pieces. Those coloured plates are there, but the book is far more all embracing, looking at the history and every aspect of this people who were vital to the development of Southeast Asia as it is today. It was the first comprehensive review of its kind when published and still stands the test of time today. 288 pages with the following Chapters - 1 - The Straits Chinese, 2 - Religion, Customs & Festivals, 3 - Everyday Life, 4 - Architecture, 5 - The Arts, Epilogue: The Straits Chinese today. There is also a bibliography, glossary and index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Photography

This  edition will be of interest to both historians and collectors interested in the history of North Borneo at the time of Chartered Company rule. The authors present all 148 of the postcards produced by Funk from his Sandakan studio. Each photograph is accompanied by well researched text by the authors. New Hardback Deluxe Edition in a New Dust Jacket with a gilded text block and in a slip case. Number 54 of 100. Signed by the authors.

Malaysia & Singapore - Poetry

A collection of poetry and prose by some of Singapore's prisoners of conscience, namely James Puthucheary, Said Zahari, Ho Piao, Tan Jing Quee, Francis Khoo, Teo Soh Lung and Wong Souk Yee. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 176 pages. 

A selection of the poet's previously published poems. 157 pages.

Although Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof is probably better known as a dramatist and an academic, he is also an accomplished poet. This is his first collection of published poetry, some of which were originally published in English and others are translations from their Malay and Urdu originals. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 177 pages 

Malaysia & Singapore - Politics

Malaysia has often been held out as an example of a progressive Muslim in a world where more dogmatic forms of Islam hold sway. In this book, Liow effectively dismantles this view as wishful thinking as he shows how democracy has been eroded in recent years as parties dependent on the majority Malay community vie with each other in being more Islamic than the other in an effort to bolster their vote at the ballot box. New Hardback in a New Dust Jacket. First Edition. 263 pages. For further details please see the scanned contents page

Malaysia has laboured under an 'illiberal democracy' for most of its existence. In this book Weiss looks at the movements attempting to bring about change in the country and contrasts the situation in Malaysia with what is happening nearby in a more progressive Indonesia. New Paperback. First Edition. 324 pages. For further details please see the scanned contents page

The author, who himself was a Chief Secretary, undertakes a survey of both how the role has developed since colonial times as well as giving brief biographies of the individuals who undertook the role. As the principal civil servant, the job also entails seeing to the management and welfare of the civil service as a whole. As a result, the book also sheds light on how the Malaysian civil service evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries. Fine Hardback in a Fine Dust Jacket 425 pages

This work was originally presented as a thesis by the author while attending the University of Geneva. Although through much of this period Malaya, and later Malaysia, looked inwards to deal with the security threat of the Communist insurgency, this focus also governed its relations with its neighbours, particularly Thailand and came to frame the Government's generally ant-Communist stance in the area, for example its support for Saigon in the war in Vietnam. Khaw then concludes the book by looking at the security threats produced by the formation of Malaysia in 1963, particularly from its neighbours, Indonesia and the Philippines. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 323 pages with notes on sources and an index. 

In this book Scott interestingly sets out to discover the views of seventeen Malaysian civil servants on politics and democracy generally. The country had been independent from the British for a decade and their views are seen to express both a need for security and to explore. Good Hardback. First Edition. 302 pages with an index.

This review of Malaysia's foreign policy, from the time of the country's formation, through the departure of Singapore from the federation and  up to the country's subsequent period of readjustment, is particularly interesting as the author had the benefit of several interviews with Malaysia's first prime minister. The author was also a participant in some of the events described and, according to Mahathir Mohamad's preface, it reveals several new facts and expands on others. Good Hardback. First Edition, With a dedication by the author. 182 pages with a bibliography, index and some black and white plates. 

Malaysia & Singapore - World War II

Lim Beng Hai was part of the Sarawakian team that joined up with mainly Australian troops in Operation Semut in Sarawak at the end of World War II. The purpose of the operation was to drop Allied forces behind Japanese lines to train and lead local resistance. In this book Lim describes his role in the operation as well as explaining the manners and customs of indigenous tribes who joined him in the operation. The book is based on Lim's manuscript and edited by the Sarawak journalist, Gabriel Tan. xxvi and 312 pages with some maps and black and white photographs. 

An account of a 1944 attack by Australian and British commandos, known as Z Force, on Japanese shipping in Singapore harbour. Fair Paperback. Reprint. 253 pages. 

The Japanese overcame British defences in Malaya not only because of their superior fire power and military training, but also because of their meticulous preparation aided by intelligence from the country. Unknown to many, even after the 'treachery' was discovered, the Japanese had at least one mole amongst the British officer class. The British never made the affair public and the main records were lost in the fall of Singapore, but through piecing together reminiscences of survivors, the authors have managed to produce this amazing story. Very Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket 265 pages including a bibliography, an index and some black and white plates 


About half of the world's approximately two thousand begonia species are native to Asia. In this book the authors illustrate the variety of such species from examples in the Academia Sinica, Taipei, The Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center and The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Each species is illustrated by at least one colour photograph and information on the species' identification, distribution and etymology. New Hardback. First Edition. 353 pages with an index. 

A school text book for Forms 1,2 and 3 intended to give students perspective on world history, with a particular emphasis on Asian history, until the arrival of Islam. Very Good Hardback. First Edition. 177 pages with an index and some black and white plates. 

Following the departure of European colonial powers from Southeast Asia in the mid 20th century, countries in the region naturally began to explore the development of their new independent identities. Such identities were created sometimes organically, sometimes artificially or sometimes with a blend of both. In this book various contributors from the region, Australia and Canada examine the process in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 273 pages with an index

Contrary to most histories of Southeast Asia, which focus on the influence of Europe on the area, the author takes a step back in history to uncover the region's deeper cultural roots. He maps out the history from the Chinese conquest of Annam in the third century, followed by the spread of Indian influence in the archipelago through to the European zenith in the 19th century. Very Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. 268 pages with an index, a map and some black and white plates.

Articles include - From Imāmiyya to Ithnā-'ashariyya - Etan Kohlberg; The Ibāḍī imāma - J. C. Wilkinson; Coptic conversion to Islam under the Baḥrī mamlūks, 692–755/1293–1354 - Donald P. Little; The ‘Annals of Murād II’ - V. L. Ménage; The Mahānubhāvas1 - I. M. P. Raeside; ‘The admonition of the thunderbolt cannon-ball’ and its place in the Bhutanese New Year festival - Michael Aris.  Very Good Paperback. First Edition 204 Pages. 

A dark anthology of short stories from various Southeast Asian writers. Most of the stories describe experiences with flesh, whether animal, human or fruit and vegetable. New Paperback. First Edition. 232 pages. For authors' details please see the scanned back cover.

A collection of short stories from new writers from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. New Paperback. First Edition 206 pages. For further details of the contributors, please see the scanned back cover

A collection of short stories from new writers from Malaysia, Singapore and elsewhere. Near Fine Paperback. First Edition 280 pages. For further details of the contributors, please see the scanned back cover.

This collection of essays seeks to put the world to rights using Islamic principles. The contributors look at inequality, the irregularities of the financial system and 'conspicuous consumption', to determine what went wrong and how by following advice from al-Quaran and Sunnah, solutions can be found. New Paperback. First Edition. 102 pages with a list of references and an index. 

Till Debt Do Us Part: The Growth of The Global Banking Industry and Its Insidious Effects - Mohd Nazari Ismail  RM100

The author takes a detailed look at recent financial crises in Southeast Asia, Argentina and the role of both corporate and personal debt in each situation. He then proceeds to examine what role, if any, Islamic banking practices could have played to avert these crises and what can be learned from such theory and practice in averting similar chaos in future. 233 pages with fi
gures, tables, a bibliography and an index. 

This book, originally published in 1991, was written at the end of a 'lost decade', as far as development was concerned, when monetarist policies dominated. The authors make a plea to regenerate development by encouraging greater community participation right down to the micro level. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. 374 pages with a bibliography. 

A report on the state of the internet in the Asia-Pacific at the beginning of the 21st century. Besides giving an overall picture the book also contains detailed country by country assessments. The contributors particularly look at how traditional news media will need to adapt to the developing digital environment. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 549 pages with a collection of book reviews by the editor and an index. 

This book was published to accompany an exhibition at the Museum in 2005. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. New Hardback. First Edition 237 pages. 


This major work is a revised and enlarged edition of the late Wolfgang Franke's An Introduction to the Sources of Ming History (1968). Liew-Herres, who reviews more than 2,500 texts, includes many works overlooked or inaccessible to Franke. Where works have been translated from Chinese into other languages, these are noted. The 1289 pages breaks the annotated texts into seven sections in the first volume dealing principally with aspects of history, biography and politics. The second volume contains chapters on foreign affairs and military organisation, geography, economics and technology. There are also indices of the authors and titles, a glossary and a bibliography. . New Hardbacks. First Edition

The sale catalogues for auctions, held in 1980 and 1981 in Hong Kong and London, of parts of the Edward T Chow Collection, consisting of Part One:Ming and Qing Porcelain, Part Two: Early Chinese Ceramics and Ancient Bronzes and Part Three: Ming and Qing Porcelain. Very Good Hardbacks in Very Good Dust Jackets, First Editions 159, 142 and 183 pages respectively


Although not much is known about the life of Chandidas, who lived in the 15th century, his poetry celebrating the love of Radha and Krishna has endured in popular Bengali culture to this day. This sampling of some of his poetry, translated into English, is accompanied by a commentary on the Radha-Krishna theme in Bengali poetry. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. First Edition. 172 pages with a discography, index and some black and white plates.


A scholarly translation of the autobiographical account of Dipanagara (Diponegoro), who led a brief rebellion against Javanese rule. It is thought that he wrote this work when in exile in Macassar. 344 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. 

A translation into English of five articles by two of the 20th century leaders in studies of the ancient ancient state of Sriwijaya which dominated the Malay archipelago until the 13th century. 183 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details.


All three volumes of Murakami's best selling novel. Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. 925 pages. 

An in depth study of two societies, the Japanese and the British, that are stereotypically considered to be reserved or silent. Through a series of structured questionnaires and follow up interviews Wong manages to tease out fascinating nuances in and challenges to these stereotypes. 217 pages with a bibliography and index. 

An analysis of what made the Japanese economy so successful after the country's recovery from World War II. The author then looks forward to the potential effect of 9/11 on the economy's future growth. Near Fine Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 2000. 117 pages. For further details please see the scanned contents page.  


The story of Isla Corfield who, before the arrival of the Japanese forces, escaped from Shanghai by ship for India, but was taken prisoner and interned in the Philippines until the end of the war. The account is based on Corfield's diaries secretly written during captivity. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. 219 pages.

Sri Lanka

Parker wrote this book, originally published in 1909, after thirty years in the irrigation department in Ceylon. The book is divided into three main parts, dealing with 1) the life and customs of the Vedda, Sri Lanka's aboriginal people, 2) the ancient structural and irrigation works and 3) the arts implements and games of the country. Good Paperback Reprint. 695 pages with an index many line drawings and black and white plates. 

A review of the manners and customs of Sri Lankan Tamils by a distinguished 19th century government servant and intellectual. Good Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1934. 139 pages. 

This is an account of a canoe journey along Sri Lanka's longest river made by a group of adventurers in the 1950s. The author went into great detail about all aspects of the environment they encountered en route, including the wild life, vegetation and the village life that then flourished along the river. Good Paperback. Reprint.  170 pages with some black and white plates. 


Southern Thailand and Northern Malaysia have a history of being a colonialist's plaything for several centuries. At times these predominantly Malay areas would be part of Siam/Thailand, at others they might have periods of independence or be part of British Malaya. In this book a Malaysian documentary maker visits Patani, a part of this area where armed resistance to the Thai Government still exists, to get in touch with fellow Malays. The resulting documentary was banned but is included as a CD with this book. Good Paperback. First Edition. 116 pages.

This book was originally published in Jawi in about 1950 and was almost immediately banned in Malaysia and Thailand. The book traces the glorious days of a sultanate, that lasted almost a thousand years, and also follows its decline before the state was transferred to Thai authority at the beginning of the 20th century in exchange for Thailand abandoning its claims to Kedah and Kelantan. The book has been translated into English by Conner Bailey and John Miksic. Near Paperback. Reprint. 115 pages with two maps and references. 

An account of the resistance of the people of the Chana district in Southern Thailand to the proposed Thai-Malaysian Gas Pipeline that threatened to disrupt their lives. The author had been responsible for preparing the community's case for six years prior to the publication of this book. Good Paperback. First Edition. 199 pages

This is one of the first studies of the Thai economy, for the period when the country was building connections with the global economy at a rapid rate. It not only gives a comprehensive view of all sectors, but also compares Thailand's performance with similar countries. Very Good Paperback. With a Dedication by the Author  First Edition. 265 pages. 

One of the most popular Thai cookery books with authentic cooking from Bangkok. The books maintain their appeal because of their simple straightforward recipes. The author conducts regular cookery classes for visitors and profits from the classes and books go to support the slum community where she lives. This third edition includes gluten-free, lactose-free and nut-free recipes for the first time. New Paperback. Third Edition Reprint. 114 pages. For further details please see the scanned contents page.