Conversations With Tunku Abdul Rahman

ISBN 9789814634144

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Abdullah Ahmad


Tunku Abdul Rahman was first the prime minister of Malaya and then of Malaysia (1957–70). In this never-before-published volume, the author — a former journalist, newspaper director and political advisor, as well as political prisoner from 1976–81 — shares many hours of his conversations with the Tunku held over two years in the early 1980s. Read about the Tunku’s hopes and fears about the future of Malaysia, and his thoughts on the elected king, the sultans and the Malays, the Indonesian Confrontation, the issue of Brunei, the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, communism and the neutralisation of Southeast Asia. Contents: • The Tunku, the Virtuoso • Brunei, Not the End of a Dream • Indonesian Confrontation: A Tale of Two Conflicting Malays • The British, Lee Kuan Yew and the Malaysian split • Elected Majesty, the Sultans and Malays • The Communists • Memories and Reflections

Abdullah Ahmad
Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad is an MCKK-, Cambridge- and Harvard-educated writer, public intellectual and the founding Chairman of Institut Kajian Politik dan Ekonomi (IKAPE). He was Special Envoy to the United Nations (UN) between 1996 and 2000, and Editor-in-Chief of the New Straits Times for several years.