The	Reluctant	Politician:	Tun	Dr	Ismail	and	His	Time

The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time

by Ooi Kee Beng

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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Preliminary pages
1. The Acting Prime Minister Dies
2. Life before Politics
3. UMNO and the Road to Merdeka
4. Positioning Malaya in the World
5. The Making and Partitioning of Malaysia
6. Forced from Retirement
7. A Lack of Time
8. Nailing Things into Place
List of Abbreviations

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  • Number of Pages : 311
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 450g
  • Product Code : 9789812304247
  • Dimension : 148 x 210 mm

About Author

Ooi Kee Beng

Ooi Kee Beng is a Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies where he coordinates its Malaysia Study Programme. His fields of interest include modern language philosophy, Chinese philosophy, nation building with a special focus on Malaysia, political economics and the philosophy of science.