Item description for The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time by Kee Beng Ooi...
This is the long-awaited biography of Malaysia's powerful Home Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, who passed away of a heart attack on 2 August 1973. It is based on his private papers and on numerous interviews with his relatives and with people who knew him well, including Ghafar Baba, Musa Hitam, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Robert Kuok, Lee Kuan Yew and Ghazalie Shafie. New perspectives are provided about the struggle for independence, Malaysia's relationship with Singapore, the origins of Southeast Asian regionalism, the internal conflicts of the ruling party UMNO, MCA-UMNO ties, the fatal illness of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the May 13 riots, and the New Economic Policy. This book contains not only new facts about Malaysian and Singaporean history, but also insights into the processes of decolonization and nation building.
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Studio: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.02" Weight: 1.32 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
ISBN 9812304258 ISBN13 9789812304254
Availability 71 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 24, 2017 01:25.
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A man who shaped Malaysia Mar 3, 2008
I find the biography informative about a man who passed on when I was seven and have this aura about him that elevates him high in the sights of the Malaysian & Singapore Society.
I would agree on the point that this man shaped what Malaysia had become and could have achieved, and it is backed by his background and upbringing. One could see that on the secular side, he is a man high on discipline and ethically sound - a very fair man indeed. But shaped by his social interactions at an early age - or rather lacked of with his ethnic society.
Given that he is born into the highest strata of Malay society, his lack of a touch of involvement with the Malay working class is evidently missing, thus showing lack of connection with the Malay grounds. There seems also to be a lack of evidence brought foward on his training in the islamic learning - which shows his tendency to be anglophilic which is natural as the westerners were thought to be more educated and civilised by the malay ruling class, who tend to copy them.
As a Muslim, I would see him as a flawed character - evidently he is not a practicing Muslim, though he has redeeming qualities. Is not steep in the islamic knowledge or have a tendency to inculcate the islamic ethics in his positions. This is the flaw that is seen, and is disappoiting that the writer does not see it neccessary to tone down this flaw - the direct flouting of basic islamic tenets & the non-evident of performing the islamic requirements.