Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Chettiar Role

Title: The Chettiar Role in Malaysia’s Economic History
Authors: Ummadevi Suppiah & Sivachandralingam Sundara Raja
Publisher: University Malaya Press
Publication Date: 2016 (First Edition)
Thickness: 180 pages (1 cm)
Market Price: RM52.00
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Preface

This book is a revised version of the doctoral thesis entitled The Money Lending Activity of the Chettiars in Malaya, 1896-1957 written by Ummadevi Suppiah and submitted to the History Department, University of Malaya under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr Sivachandralingam Sundara Raja.

This book seeks to evaluate the extent of which the Chettiars – not to be confused with Chetti Melaka – were instrumental in the economic development of Malaya during British rule.

Since the formation of the Federated Malay States in 1896, until Malaya gained its independence, the Chettiars emerged as one of the major financiers in the economic development of Malaya through their role in helping the Malays, Chinese and Indians to progress in the economic sector.

However, the Chettiar role affected each of the three races differently, depending on factors such as the economic position of the respective races and British policy.

This book is essential in assessing the Chettiar role in the economic development of Malaya, especially when the British failed to provide sufficient capital aid for local and foreign capitalists comprising the Malays, Chinese and Indians to develop the economic infrastructure and commercial economic activities such as rubber and tin mining.

This book also highlights the role of the Chettiar, from indigenous money lenders to contributing toward the economic development of modern Malaysia.

Contents

Preface
The Origins of the Chettiar Community
Money Lending Activities of the Chettiar in Malaya
The Role of the Chettiar in the Economic Development of the Malays
The Role of the Chettiar in the Economic Development of the Chinese
The Role of the Chettiar in the Economic Development of the Indians
Changing Roles of the Chettiar from 1941 to the Present Day
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

This meticulously researched book represents a noteworthy contribution to our understanding of the ‘subaltern’ economy of Malaysia during the colonial period and to our appreciation of the changing role of the Chettiar in modern times.

Chettiar prominence as creditors to Malay peasants is well known, but the authors show here that connections extended deep into Malay society, from royal families to civil servants.

While pre-war links to plantation workers and support for Indian business were only weakly developed, Chettiar investment in large Chinese enterprises was a significant factor in supporting the activities of local Chinese entrepreneurs.

In this sense, the authors argue, the Chettiar helped lay the basis for Malaysia’s later economic development, while their contemporary commitment to nation building is demonstrated in their involvement in social welfare and concern for the well-being of their fellow Indians.

The Chettiar Role in Malaysia’s Economic History will be welcomed not only by historians of Malaysia, but by all scholars involved with the complex narratives of Indian migration. – Dr Barbara Watson Andaya, University of Hawai’i

More Books About Indians

Peranakan Indians of Singapore and Melaka: Indian Babas and Nyonyas – Chitty Melaka DETAILS HERE

Blurring Boundaries: The Chindian Identity QuestDETAILS HERE

Sejarah Masyarakat India di MalaysiaMAKLUMAT DI SINI

Women in Modern Tamil Literature: 1880-1960DETAILS HERE

Women in Tamil Society: The Classical PeriodDETAILS HERE

Kata Pinjaman Bahasa Tamil dalam Bahasa MelayuMAKLUMAT DI SINI

Kaatu Perumal: Folk Hero of Sungai SiputDETAILS HERE

Unsung Heros in Tamil School EducationDETAILS HERE

The Malaysian Indian DilemmaDETAILS HERE

The Malaysian Indian – Forgotten History of the Colonial Era: Sweat, Blood and Tears DETAILS HERE

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sayang Salmah

Judul: Sayang Salmah – Sebuah Antologi Skrip Filem
Penulis: Mahadi J. Murat
Tahun terbit: 2015 (Cetakan Kedua)
Penerbit: Penerbit Universiti Malaya
Tebal: 280 halaman
HargaPasaran: RM38.00
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Buku ini memuatkan skrip filem Sayang Salmah (1995) yang filemnya memenangi pelbagai anugerah perfileman di dalam dan luar negara. Filem ini berlatarkan masyarakat Melayu di Tanah Melayu sekitar 1955-60. Sayang Salmah menang anugerah di Festival Filem Malaysia Ke-12 (1995), Anugerah Skrin (1996), Festival Filem Asia Pasifik Ke-41 (1996), dan Festival Filem Dunia Kuala Lumpur (1996).

Turut disertakan tiga buah skrip oleh Dr. Mahadi J. Murat; iaitu Biarkan Burung Menyanyi, Malam Dingin di Cameron Highlands dan Mencari Merdeka yang membawakan genre dan cerita yang berbeza.

Drama Biarkan Burung Menyanyi berunsur humor dan mengisahkan seorang remaja yang tidak dapat menerima hakikat ibunya berkahwin dengan seorang lelaki yang telah menyebabkan kematian bapanya.

Manakala, Malam Dingin di Cameron Highlands pula sebuah kisah cinta dua insan yang berpisah dan bertemu semula. Sementara itu, Mencari Merdeka berkisar dua generasi muda berlainan keturunan yang menyambung perkongsian perniagaan bapa mereka dalam suasana dan latar belakang yang baharu dan penuh cabaran.

Pada bahagian Pendahuluan, Mahadi J. Murat berkongsi kisah di sebalik penghasilan skrip-skrip berkenaan. Antologi ini akan membantu kita lebih memahami dunia kreatif seorang pengarah filem yang penting dan disegani.

Skrip penuh yang termuat dalam buku ini juga boleh dijadikan panduan oleh penulis skrip muda yang memerlukan bimbingan berkaitan format penulisan skrip filem/drama.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Unsung Heros in Tamil Schools

Judul: Unsung Heros in Tamil School Education
Bahasa: Inggeris
Penulis: Vishalache Balakrishnan
Penerbit: University of Malaya Press
Tahun: 2013
Tebal: 68 halaman sahaja
Harga Pasaran: RM24.00
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Judul: Tamilpalligalil Minniya Natchathirangal
Bahasa: Tamil
Penulis: Vishalache Balakrishnan
Penerbit: University of Malaya Press
Tahun: 2013
Tebal: 73 halaman sahaja
Harga Pasaran: RM19.90
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Do not talk about Tamil School Our Choice if you have not bought and read these books!

Education is a lifelong process. Educators who make a difference and touch the lives of students during their educative years naturally become their heroes. However, many of these heroes live a very moderate life, giving their best and hoping the best for their students.

In these books – the original Tamilpalligalil Manniya Natchathirangal in Tamil, and the translated Unsung Heroes in Tamil School Education in English – several past educators are acknowledged for their unique contribution to the field of Tamil school (SJKT) education. They are educators who are passionate about their vocation, educating the young in mind, heart and body.

They sacrificed their time and other material aspecys for the goodness and the development of their students in Tamil schools. They prepared students for real life and taught them lifelong lessons. They used all kinds of methods to inspire and excite their students.

All their experiences are shared in these books; experiences which are linked with current day Tamil school education philosophies, teaching methods and educational psychology.

This book is written to appreciate Tamil school educators of the golden era and to inspire Tamil school educators of the current era.

These are must-have books for every Tamil school teachers, ex-students, supporters, and politicians. Do not talk about “Tamil School Our Choice” if you have not bought and read these books!

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Sejarah dan Mitos

Judul: Antara Sejarah dan Mitos: Sejarah Melayu & Hang Tuah dalam Historiografi Malaysia
Penulis: Ahmat Adam
Penerbit: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD)
Tahun: 2016
Tebal: 212 halaman
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Buku ini berjaya memecah tembok pemikiran konvensional berhubung kedudukan Sejarah Melayu dan Hikayat Hang Tuah sebagai teks sejarah, serta membahaskan kedudukan Hang Tuah sebagai watak sejarah, legenda, mitos atau dongeng.

Sejak kanak-kanak, saya sendiri tertanya-tanya mungkinkah Hang Tuah, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir dan Hang Lekiu merupakan adaptasi daripada Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula dan Sahadeva dalam Mahabharata dan Pandawa Lima. Hipotesis saya diselitkan dalam cerpen “Laksamana Arjuna” (Pulau Pendatang, 2015).

Saya membaca buku Membongkar Rahsia Dunia Melayu (2014), Antara Sejarah dan Mitos (2016) dan Hang Tuah: Catatan Okinawa (2015) sebelum menulis makalah “Hang Tuah Hanya Mitos?” (The Malaysian Insider, 16 Februari 2016) dan “Hang Tuah Tidak Wujud?” (The Malaysian Insider, 23 Februari 2016).

Buku Antara Sejarah dan Mitos oleh Prof. Emeritus Dr Ahmat Adam adalah antara kajian akademik terbaik yang amat objektif serta lari daripada sudut pandangan etnosentrik dalam memperkatakan Sejarah Melayu dan Hikayat Hang Tuah.

Malah, penulis mendedikasikan buku ini “Untuk mereka yang mahu belajar Sejarah”.

Sari Rangsang (Blurb):

Naskhah Sulalat u’s-Salatin atau Sejarah Melayu, bersama-sama dengan Hikayat Hang Tuah, adalah karya klasik agung orang Melayu yang tidak perlu ditekankan peri pentingnya dalam sejarah kebudayaan bangsa itu.

Dihasilkan pada abad ke-16 dan ke-17, karya yang asalnya ditulis berperingkat-peringkat dengan berdasarkan tradisi lisan, masing-masing telah menjadi rujukan utama dalam pengajian sejarah dan kebudayaan bangsa Melayu.

Kendatipun banyak orang menganggap Sejarah Melayu sebagai sebuah karya sejarah yang bona fide, dan ramai pula yang menganggap Hikayat Hang Tuah adalah epik sejarah yang benar-benar meriwayatkan petualangan Laksamana Melaka yang hidup antara abad ke-15 dan ke-16, namun usaha membicarakan dua teks Melayu klasik ini tidak pernah dibuat secara kritis untuk  menentukan dengan pasti sejauh mana Sejarah Melayu dapat dianggap sebagai sumber sejarah yang boleh dipercayai, dan sejauh mana pula manusia yang bernama Hang Tuah itu benar-benar wujud dalam sejarah.

Mungkinkah kewujudan Hang Tuah itu hanya berasaskan kepercayaan banyak orang, setelah terpengaruh oleh Hikayat Hang Tuah yang pernah tersebar secara meluas di serata pelosok dunia Melayu semenjak tidak kurang daripada empat abad yang lalu? 

Buku Antara Sejarah dan Mitos yang bernada kritis ini ditulis oleh seorang sejarawan yang cuba merungkai persoalan kebolehpercayaan Sejarah Melayu sebagai sumber sejarah yang utuh, dan juga menganalisis secara kritis kewujudan Hang Tuah dalam sejarah silam Melaka bagi menentukan sama ada figura ini adalah benar-benar tokoh sejarah ataupun semata-mata tokoh yang dimitoskan.

Kandungan:

Prakata
Bab I – Apakah Sejarah?
Bab II – Memperkenalkan Sejarah Melayu Naskhah Krusenstern
Bab III – Tersilapkah Anda Membaca Sejarah Melayu Selam Ini?
Bab IV – Sejarah Melayu sebagai Sumber Tarikh Pembukaan Melaka?
Bab V – Mitos, Makna, dan Keindahan dalam Teks Sejarah Melayu
Bab VI – Betulkah Hang Tuah Wujud?
Bab VII – Nota Ringkas tentang Makam Hang Tuah
Bab VIII – Kesimpulan
Glosari
Bibliografi
Indeks

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Modern Women

Title: Women in Modern Tamil Literature
Author: Loganayagy Nannithamby
Publisher: University of Malaya
Publication Date: February 1969 (First Edition)
Thickness: 184 pages
Stock: Limited
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This book is an attempt to show the relationship between literature and society in the period 1890-1960. This Master of Arts thesis (published as a book) analyses the thought content of Modern Tamil Literature against the background of contemporary social legislation and reformist movements.

The role and the rights of women in the society, their freedom and equality with men, their right to education and to politics, and the concept and ideals of womanhood, from which rights and duties originate, are prominent themes in the prose and verse of the first half of the 20th century.

In analysing the literature of this period (1890-1960), Loganayagy also traces the development of the movement for the emancipation of women, and presents the views of individual writers as stated directly or through their characters.

Loganayagy lectured in the Department of Indian Studies, University of Malaya on modern Tamil literature, and on the history of Tamil literature and literary criticism.

Contents:

Introduction
Women in Renaissance Poetry
Women and the Essayists
Women and the Novelists
Women and the Short Story
Women and the Playwrights
Bibliography
Index

Limited stock available. Contact uthayasb@yahoo.com.my or www.facebook.com/uthaya to confirm availability of stock. Kindly note that this book was printed and published in 1969. Thus, do not expect the copy to be in perfect condition like a newly printed book.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Tamil Women

Title: Women in Tamil Society: The Classical Period
Author: Devapoopathy Nadarajah
Publisher: University of Malaya
Publication Date: December 1969 (First Edition)
Thickness: 189 pages
Stock: Limited
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This book examines a literature which has hitherto remained unexplored with regard to the sociological, psychological and aesthetic information it contains about women. This Master of Arts thesis (published as a book) adds considerably to our knowledge and understanding of the classical age of Tamil culture and civilization – a period which has a fascination all its own.

This study is based primarily on early Tamil literature of the period generally referred to as the classical period of Tamil literature. This literature consists of the Eight Collections (Ettuttokai) and the Ten Idylls (Pattuppattu) – collectively called the Sangam works – Thirukkural, Silappatikaram and Manimekalai. In the Tolkappiyam, the section called the Porulatikaram has also been used for this study.

Devapoopathy graduated from the University of Madras and later obtained an Honours degree in Indian Studies at the University of Malaya. She taught Sanskrit and lectured on Sanskrit literature as well as the literary tradition common to both Tamil and Sanskrit, at the Department of Indian Studies, University of Malaya.

Contents:

Introduction
The Womanly Ideal
Courtship and Marriage
Polygyny and Prostitution
Women in Ancient Polity and Economy
Women and Religion
Women and the Fine Arts
Women at Leisure
Dress and Ornaments
Names of Women
Bibliography
Index

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Malchin Testament








Title: Malchin Testament: Malaysian Poems
Edited by: Malachi Edwin Vethamani
Publisher: Maya Press
Year: 2016
Thickness: 386 pages (3 cm)
Market Price: RM35.00
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Malchin Testament: Malaysian Poems brings together poems of established and emerging Malaysian poets writing in the English language. This is the first volume of poems to cover a period of six decades of Malaysian poetry in English with works from more than 50 poets.

The poems range from the works of the early poets, to recent spoken word poets. Malchin Testament: Malaysian Poems showcases Malaysian poetry from its genesis and suggests what lies ahead for poetry writing in Malaysia.

Malchin Testament: Malaysian Poems is an anthology of Malaysian poems in English which introduces and showcases works of Malaysian poets that cover a period of over sixty years, from the beginning of Malaysian literature in English to present day.

It brings together voices of poets from the multicultural and multilingual Malaysia appropriating the English language for their own expression. Malchin Testament: Malaysian Poems brings together works from various sources: poems from early literary journals and anthologies, the traditional published volumes of poetry and from new online sources.

This volume fills a gap since Edwin Thumboo’s The Second Tongue (1976), a landmark volume on Malaysian and Singaporean poetry in English.

Poets in this anthology include: Alina Rastam, Antares Maitreya, Bernice Chauly, Chuan Guat Eng, Dina Zaman, Ee Tiang Hong, Ghulam Sarwar Yousof, Paul GnanaSelvam, Jamal Raslan, Leonard Jeyam, Kee Thuan Chye, Jerome Kugan, Priya Kulasegaran, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, K.S. Maniam, Muhammad Haji Salleh, Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf, Omar Mohd Noor, Pretam Kaur, Cecil Rajendra, Catalina Rembuyan, Salleh Ben Joned, Melizarani T. Selva, Murugasu SHANmughalingam, Shivani Sivagurunathan, Malachi Edwin Vethamani, and Wong Phui Nam.

Malachi Edwin Vethamani is Professor of Modern English Literature, School of English, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He is a poet and short story writer. His books include Complicated Lives (2016), A Bibliography of Malaysian Literature in English (2016). He also edited a volume of Malaysian poems for young adults, In-Sights: Malaysian Poems (2003).

Malchin Testament: Malaysian Poems and Complicated Lives are available in all major bookstores.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Forgotten History

Title: The Malaysian Indian – Forgotten History of the Colonial Era: Sweat, Blood and Tears (A Pictorial Narrative)
Author: Janakey Raman Manickam
Publication Date: September 2016 (First Edition)
Thickness: 318 pages (3 cm) [Hardcover]
Publisher: Nationwide Human Development and Research Centre
Ready Stock: 4 copies (as on 12 January 2017)
My Price: RM90.00 + PosLaju RM10.00 = RM100.00 [Limited Stock] 


“I am neither an academician nor do I possess tertiary education. I am just an average Malaysian Indian who was part of the production cycle in the plantation sector.”

Thus writes Janakey Raman Manickam in the preface of his second book, The Malaysian Indian – Forgotten History of the Colonial Era: Sweat, Blood and Tears (A Pictorial Narrative) which was launched in October 2016.


I first met him in March 2011 – while the controversy of Interlok: Edisi Murid (2010) was still hot – to get a copy of The Malaysian Indian Dilemma: The Struggle and Agony of the Indian Community in Malaysia (2009).

Since I was unable to attend the launch on 9 October 2016 – as I was in Taiping for Temasya Bahasa: Penghayatan Bahasa dan Sastera – I met Janakey Raman in Klang on 7 January 2017 for a little chat; and to buy a few copies of his latest book.

It took him 17 years to do research on the Malaysian Indian social, economy, education and political issues before writing The Malaysian Indian Dilemma – first in Tamil, before it was translated into English.


After 5 years of further research, Janakey Raman wrote Forgotten History of the Colonial Era because, in his own words, “I am distressed to observe that the history of Malaysian Indians and their future advancement will not be recorded anywhere in this country.”

Janakey Raman underscored the fact that although the book is titled Malaysian Indian, he wrote the book for all Malaysians so that they could “read and understand each other’s culture and origins” (The Star Online, 9 October 2016).


“Another interesting historical fact that missed our attention (or deliberately ommited),” Janakey Raman writes in the introduction of his latest book, “is the date (circa) of the first arrival of Indians in the Malay Peninsula. It was generally thought (and taught at schools in modern day Malaysia) that the migration of Indians to Malaya only started during the Bristish occupation of this country.”

Topics highlighted in this book:

Hindu and Buddhist Influence in the Malay Archipelago
Raja Chola’s Influence in Kadaram (Kedah)
Melaka Sultanate and Islamisation of the Malay Archipelago
Melaka and Indian Settlements
Indian Migration Before and After the 1800s
Indian Labour Force in the Development of the Straits Settlements
The Forgotten Indian Participation in Nation Building
The Fall of the Might British and the Japanese Interlude
Indian National Army and Indian Political Awareness
The Slaughter House in Siam-Burma
The Road to Self-Determination & The Breach of Promise
State of Chaos
London Talks and the Independence of Malaya


According to Janakey Raman, this book is not available in bookstores. I have a few signed copies, and available only to those who are willing to spend RM100.00 (including PosLaju and processing/handling cost) for this gem of a book.

You might also be interested in The Malaysian Indian Dilemma (2012).

Contact me at uthayasb@yahoo.com.my or www.facebook.com/uthaya for payment details. Limited stock. Note: You might be able to buy this book elsewhere for a cheaper price.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Kaatu Perumal

Judul: Kaatu Perumal: Folk Hero of Sungai Siput
Penulis: Dave Anthony
Penerbit: Parsosma Enterprise
Tahun: 2015 (Cetakan Pertama)
Tebal: 86 halaman
Harga Pasaran: RM18.00
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Komunis sering diberikan gambaran negatif di negara ini. Orang komunis – termasuk ahli Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM) yang ditubuhkan pada 1930 – dilabel sebagai pengganas dan pembunuh yang kejam.

Label demikian mula-mula diberikan oleh penjajah British. Anehnya, walaupun komunis di Malaya pada mulanya menentang penjajah dan kapitalis British, akan tetapi PKM dan British bekerjasama menentang Jepun di Malaya (1941-1945). Apabila British kembali menjajah Malaya (1945), komunis juga kembali menentang penjajah berkenaan.

Buku teks Sejarah terus melabel komunis sebagai pengganas. Darurat (1948-1960) menguatkan lagi gambaran negatif mengenai pejuang/tentera komunis. British muncul sebagai wira, manakala komunis yang berjuang demi tanah air diberikan label pengganas yang kejam.

Benarkah anggota komunis – Cina, Melayu dan India – merupakan pengganas yang menzalimi orang awam? Mungkinkah benar pemerintah (British) menganiaya orang awam dengan menjadikan komunis sebagai alasan?

Inilah antara persoalan penting yang turut diketengahkan menerusi buku Kaatu Perumal: Folk Hero of Sungai Siput (2015) tulisan Dave Anthony. Buku ini terhasil menerusi cerita lisan daripada sekumpulan warga emas yang diwawancara oleh penulis di sekitar Sungai Siput, Perak.

Siapakah sebenarnya Kaatu Perumal? Mengapa dan bagaimana seorang pemuda dari estet menyertai gerakan komunis, lalu menjadi buruan British? Benarkah dia seorang yang zalim? Malah, benarkah Kaatu Perumal gagal dibunuh tentera British?

Dave Anthony memberikan contoh Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja dan Udham Singh sebagai contoh awal pejuang antipenjajah di India. Pasti ada ciri-ciri dan keperibadian tertentu pada diri Kaatu Perumal yang membuatkan warga emas di sekitar Sungai Siput masih menganggapnya sebagai wira yang wajar diraikan dan dikenang.

Buku setebal 86 halaman ini memberikan peluang kepada orang ramai untuk menilai semula makna komunis dari sudut yang berbeza. Kita berpeluang mengenali hati-budi dan perjuangan seorang individu yang sanggup berkorban demi orang ramai. Perjuangan Kaatu Perumal bukan untuk dirinya, tetapi untuk kaum India khasnya, dan orang ramai amnya.

Kehidupan – dan kematian – Kaatu Perumal penuh misteri. Hal ini demikian kerana sejarah hanya merekodkan dan mendokumentasikan hal-hal berkaitan kebaikan “tuan” seperti penjajah British, dan seterusnya orang tempatan yang meneruskan gaya “penjajahan” British.

Memandangkan buku ini ditulis berdasarkan penceritaan lisan, memanglah kesahihan fakta boleh dipertikaikan. Akan tetapi, pada masa sama, usah lupa bahawa teks-teks keagamaan juga pada mulanya disampaikan secara lisan sebelum usaha diambil untuk merekodkannya dalam bentuk bertulis.

Sejarah lisan wajar dihormati dan diberikan ruang yang sewajarnya. Walaupun mungkin ada fakta yang sedikit bercelaru, malah bercanggah – termasuk dalam kalangan individu yang diwawancara bagi tujuan buku ini – tetapi kepentingan sejarah lisan perlu diakui dalam usaha kita untuk sama-sama mengetahui sejarah sebenar di negara bertuah ini.

Pembacaan buku Kaatu Perumal akan mampu membuka mata dan minda kita untuk melihat dan berfikir di luar daripada acuan yang sudah sekian lama dibentuk oleh “penjajah” (luar dan dalam).

Sila hubungi saya menerusi mesej peribadi – Facebook atau uthayasb@yahoo.com.my – sekiranya anda berminat membeli buku ini. Hanya sementara stok masih ada. Anda juga mungkin berminat membeli: [RUJUK SENARAI DI SINI]

Friday, 6 January 2017

Chetti Melaka

Judul: Peranakan Indians of Singapore and Melaka: Indian Babas and Nyonyas – Chitty Melaka
Tebal: 118 halaman (Kulit Keras)
Tahun terbit: 2006
Harga pasaran: RM120.00
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Baki stok: 0 naskhah sahaja [pada 9 Januari 2017]
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Penulis buku ini, Samuel S. Dhoraisingam, seorang sejarahwan yang disegani di Singapura, menghadiahkan senaskhah buku ini kepada saya sebaik ia terbit pada tahun 2006. Malah, saya bersama-sama beliau ke Kampung Chetti, Melaka untuk menyerahkan beberapa naskhah kepada penduduk kampung warisan berkenaan.

Sejak itu, sudah beberapa kali saya bersama-sama Kumpulan Sasterawan Kavyan (Kavyan) berkunjung ke Kampung Chetti – Rujuk laman Solidariti Kampung Chetti.

Buku Samuel S. Dhoraisingam sering menjadi rujukan penting apabila saya menulis mengenai Kampung Chetti. Misalnya, makalah “Chetti yang Belum Diakui Bumiputera” (The Malaysian Insider, 7 November 2011).

Dua makalah khas mengenai kaum Chetti Melaka turut dimuatkan dalam buku Mandala Bicara (2016).


Buku Peranakan Indians of Singapore and Melaka: Indian Babas and Nyonyas – Chitty Melaka terbahagi kepada 15 bab, serta disertakan foto-foto eksklusif. Antara topik yang dihuraikan adalah:

Asal usul Peranakan India (Chetti) semasa Kesultanan Melaka
Peranakan India semasa Penjajahan Portugis
Peranakan India semasa Penjajahan Belanda
Peranakan India semasa Penjajahan British
Perpindahan Peranakan India ke Singapura
Peranakan India semasa Penjajahan Jepun
Peranakan India di Gajah Berang, Melaka
Perayaan dan Upacara Keagamaan Peranakan India
Upacara Perkahwinan Peranakan India
Upacara Pengkebumian dalam Budaya Peranakan India
Pakaian, Perhiasan dan Kasut Peranakan India
Makanan Peranakan India
Bahasa Komuniti Peranakan India
Ciri-ciri Khusus Komuniti Peranakan India
Tokoh-tokoh Peranakan India di Singapura

Usah terkeliru antara Chetti dan Chettiar – Rujuk buku The Chettiar Role in Malaysia’s Economic History untuk maklumat lanjut.

Sekiranya anda berminat membeli buku Peranakan Indians of Singapore and Melaka: Indian Babas and Nyonyas – Chitty Melaka, sila hubungi saya dengan kadar segera kerana baki stok amat terhad. Jimatkan kos PosLaju dengan membeli buku ini bersama-sama buku-buku lain – RUJUK DI SINI.