Monday, February 19, 2007


Profile of Dr. Azly Rahman



I was born in the city of Singapore, grew up in a Malaysian village in Kampong Melayu Majidee, Johor Bahru, I was a pioneer of Maktab Rendah Sains MARA/MARA Junior Science College (MRSM) Kuantan, a Malaysian school system modeled after amongst others, The Bronx School for the Gifted in Science (in New York City); a early experiment in American education in Malaysia. I had the experience of teaching in the MRSM school system and heading the English Department as well as a Gifted and Talented program. I co-wrote two English Language textbooks for the Malaysian Ministry of Education and was involved in teacher training projects in the area of Teaching Thinking Skills. I have been an invited contributor to several book chapters that analyze specifically the Malaysian General Election of 2008 and Malaysian socio-political change in general.

Before pursuing my studies, I taught the courses Foreign Policy, Introduction to Thinking, and Ethics. I coordinated the Universiti Utara Malaysia's (UUM) Thinking Skills Program, was appointed as the Coordinator of UUM's Technology Learning Unit, and subsequently served as its director. I helped establish the Center for Innovations in Education. For my contribution to the university, I was awarded the university's Service Excellence Award in 1997. I also served as member of UUM's Senate. I started a multidisciplinary journal called PRAXIS, of the School of Languages and Scientific Thinking. I helped coordinate publication of articles in the fields of education, language, and literature.

I was a consultant of Creativity and Mind Development to several state governments and corporations. He lectured widely on creativity, critical thinking, and education in Malaysia and was also a weekly radio guest in Radio Alor Setar's series on "Pemikiran" (On Teaching Thinking)

Before leaving for my doctoral studies, I completed seven research projects in the fields of Human Development and Creativity, Political Science, Management, Brain Science, and Linguistic-Corpus Studies. Though accepted in 1997 into the Ph. D program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, I chose to pursue my doctorate in International Education Development at Columbia University New York by virtue of Teachers College's world-renowned status as a comprehensive and the number-one ranked graduate school of education then, as well as to take advantage of the multiculturalism of New York City's educational setting.


Besides holding a Columbia University doctorate in International Education Development (Columbia University, 2004) and producing a dissertation on the development of hypermodern Malaysia as a "cybernetic" nation, I completed my fourth Masters in International Education specializing in Peace Studies/Education (Columbia University, 2005). I hold the degrees Bachelors in Education (Ohio University, 1985), Masters in Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction (Ohio University, 1987), Masters of Arts in International Affairs specializing in Politics of Southeast Asia (Ohio University, 1987), and Masters of Arts in Communication and Education (Columbia University, 2000) specializing in the broad cultural, philosophical, and political aspects of new communications technologies. I also hold certificates in multicultural education, teaching social studies, and teaching and learning with technology.


During my early university days, I served as president of the Malaysian Student Association in Ohio University and was also elected President of The Southeast Asian Student Association of Ohio University. For my work in international understanding, I was initiated into the membership of the International Understanding Honor Society of the Ohio University chapter. I have been committed to promoting international understanding and multiculturalism in my teachings and writings for the last twenty years.

I am a member of the Kappa Delta Phi International Honor Society in Education (Columbia University chapter), a professional and international honor society dedicated to recognizing and honoring academic excellence in the teaching profession. I was also chosen as a Teachers College Columbia University's Ross Fellow for Educational Technology and worked as a research fellow with New York's Channel Thirteen-WNET on an award-winning Disney Online educational web project called "Concept to Classroom".  I co-wrote the proposal for the online teacher professional development project.

I served as a pioneering member on the editorial board for Teachers College's (Columbia University) online peer-reviewed journal Current Issues in Comparative Education, and have published a book review of American critical theorist Peter McLaren's Radical Multiculturalism in the journal Educational Researcher. The review was then translated into German by a Columbia University professor of education and published in University of Wuppertal, Germany.

I have also been involved with the American public school for ten years, holding a New Jersey state license to teach American History/World History/Social Studies and a license as an Administrator/Supervisor/Leader in an educational setting. I have held adjunct professorship positions in state and private universities in New York and New Jersey. I have mentored first-year teachers and have also taught the course "Philosophies of Education" to new teachers in the Bronx under the New Teacher Residency Program, established by The New York City Board of Education. I also hold a New Jersey Department of Education's Supervisor/Principalship Certificate.

Courses Taught

I have taught in six different departments; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Among the more than 40 courses I have taught in Malaysia and the United States are as follow:


-English Language
-Report Writing
-Public Speaking
-Creative Writing
-Introduction to Thinking Skills
-Comicbook Basics
-From Comicbook to Video
-Design of Future City
-Writing Matters: Fiction
-The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence

-United States History I
-United States History II
-History of Jazz
-World History
-World Cultures
-History of the Middle East: Part I
-Voices of Peace in the Middle East
-Foundations of Western Civilization
-The West in the Modern World
-Women's Studies


-Introduction to Religion
-Religions of the World
-Islamic Scriptures
-Philosophical Explorations
-Inquiring Minds
-Introduction to Thinking Skills
- Life of the Mind (Themes in Philosophy)
- Social and Moral Philosophy


-Introduction to Political Science
-Foreign Policy
-The Global Challenge
-International Studies
-Geography and World Issues
-International Problems & Conflict Resolution
-Colonialism, Imperialism, and Dependency
-Forces and Issues in the Middle East 

-Global Issues


-Philosophies of Education
-Cross cultural studies in Urban International Education
-Comparative Education
-Effective Teaching, Effective Schools
-Clinical Teaching I
-Clinical Teaching II
-Computer Literacy and Education
-Internet Applications in Business and Education
-The Teacher as Researcher and Educational Leader
-Teaching Strategies for the Diverse Classroom
- Masters Seminar
- Final Project: Applied Research in Education
-The Global Challenge
- Cross-Cultural Perspectives 

- The American Experience
- Perspectives on the Individual
- Cross cultural Studies in Urban International Education


I was involved in projects such as a web-based local history project funded by The Teaching American History Grant (United States Department of Education), and is contributing as a faculty member to restructure a university core program in Cross-Cultural Perspectives. For the Teaching American History project, I produced two curriculum-based websites in honor of Englewood resident and jazz great Dizzy Gillespie and in honor of two great leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. I am currently involved in a video-based project exploring the history of migration of Englewood New Jersey's Fourth Ward. For FDU's Committee in Restructuring Cross-Cultural Perspectives, I was instrumental in offering new perspectives on culture in the redesign of the university-wide course.

I was also involved in the setting up of Fairleigh Dickinson University's (New Jersey' biggest private university) Middle Eastern Studies Initiative, which now offers courses, as a minor program in the study of Middle East, to students of all majors. I have developed two new courses for The School of English, Philosophy and Humanities entitled "Voices of Peace in the Middle East" and "The War Films".

I currently write weekly on Malaysian political, educational, cultural and social changes in ILLUMINATIONS, a column in a progressive Malaysian online newspaper with wide national and international readership. I run an online salon/global intellectual discussion forum on culture, politics, education, and philosophy called "A Republic of Virtue" in a popular news and opinion portal, Malaysia-Today. I used the social networking site facebook for class discussions on philosophy, cultural studies, politics, and education.

I have published more than 400 scholarly articles and opinions on education, politics, history, and cultural studies in various online forums, amongst them Malaysiakini, Malaysia-Today, OpinionAsia, and in my column on the website of the Center for Policy Initiatives. In addition I have more than 50 unpublished manuscripts in the fields of education, philosophy, humanities, cybernetics, and international relations to be compiled in a series of writings. I am currently preparing several manuscripts based on my doctoral dissertation submitted to Columbia University; a dissertation that addressed issues in international relations, cultural studies, and political theory. My views on multiculturalism in Malaysia (where I was a faculty for six years) have been sought by the international media and agencies such as The International Herald Tribune, Al Jazeera, and Reuters.

I was invited to participate in the Oxford Roundtable on Diversity in Society at Oxford University; a gathering of global scholars discussing the theme of racial and religious tolerance and socio-economic justice, held in May 2007. In August of 2007 I was selected to presented a paper on economic and cultural analysis of American global dominance in Asia, in a gathering of Asian scholars. In 2009 I was also involved, as a writer and editor, in a writing project on ethnic studies with a group of Malaysian and international scholars. The volume of more than 20 articles entitled Multiethnic Malaysia was published and distributed internationally. I was recently appointed as a Fellow and Director of Malaysia's newest think tank, Center for Policy Initiatives that promotes multiculturalism and social justice; a research institution I co-founded. I was also recently invited to become a member of a Special Panel of Experts for Malaysian Parliamentary Research. All these work I am doing are through online collaborations primarily.

I am also a member of New Jersey Educational Association and (American) National Education Association. I have been invited to speak to Malaysian students in Washington DC, Boston (Harvard), and in London, England. My teaching experience spans both in Malaysia and in the United States and in a wide range of teaching context; from elementary to graduate education. For the last five years I have been involved in conceptualizing, planning, delivering, and evaluating a new model of alternative education framed within the context of urban education in a project/model-building exercise called The Englewood Academy for Growth in Literacy and Entrepreneurship (E.A.G.L.E. Program) under the supervision of the Englewood Public Schools, in the city of Englewood, New Jersey. This project-based school wide-enrichment framed -- program is beginning to be recognized in the county as a successful program that helps meet the needs of grades 9-12 learners who ought to benefit well in an alternative educational setting.

I am currently assisting Rutgers University (New Jersey's top-ranking research public university) in developing courses in the fields of Education, Globalization, and Cultural Studies culminating in an innovative Masters Program in International Education Development in the area of Urban Education.  I have been appointed a Visiting Associate Professor in The Faculty of Economics and Policy Science, University College Sedaya International in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I am developing a Masters program in Knowledge Sciences and delivering six public lectures on topics such as Epistemology, Science, Political Economy and Public Policy, Race and Ethnicity, Religion and Politics, and Malaysia's New Economic Model. I have also initiated international academic collaborative programs between a university in the United States and in Malaysia; a project proposing collaborations in degree programming, faculty-student exchange, and international learning experiences

In all these, my passion lies in teaching, writing, and research and to develop learners into intelligent, socially conscious, and world-wise learners.




1. Rahman, A. (2007). “Neither Oxbridge nor Half-Bridge will the issue be,” in Mahathir vs. Abdullah: covert wars and challenged legacies. (2007) Tan. Nathaniel. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kinibooks
2. Rahman, A (2007). “Slaying an immortal tiger: Malaysia’s new Economic Policy. “ in OpinionAsia. (2007) Singh, Pritham Ed. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asia Studies
3. Rahman, A. (2008). “Brave new Malaysian identity emerging,” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
4. Rahman, A. (2008). “Election debates – just do it” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
5. Rahman, A. (2008). “Mandate of heaven this nation awaits” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
6. Rahman, A. (2008). “Of badangs and blogoticians” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
8. Rahman, A. (2008). “The Malaysian Revolution of 2008!” in Tipping Points: Viewpoints on the Reasons for the Impact of the March 8 Election Earthquake (2008). Yeoh, Onn. Ed. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
9. Rahman, A. (2009). “New Bumiputraism: Pedagogy of hope and liberation.” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
10. Rahman, A. (2009). “Thumbs down for Biro Tata Negara?” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
11. Rahman, A. (2009). “Multiethnic Volume:” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
12. Rahman, A. (2009). “On Education, Culture, and National Integration,” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
13. Rahman, A. (2009). “Multiethnic Malaysia: Future Prospects, ” in Multiethnic Malaysia: Scholarly perspectives from the past, present, and future. Rahman, A., Lim, T.G., Gomes, A., Ali, S.H. Eds. (forthcoming, 2009) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Center for Policy Initiatives-University College Sedaya International
14. Rahman, A. (2008). “Let a hundred flowers bloom” in March 8: The Day Malaysia Woke Up. Kee Thuan Chye., ed. (2008) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Marshall Cavendish
15. Rahman, A. (1997) Application of Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence to the Teaching of Thinking in a Malaysian University. Proceedings in 7th International Conference on Thinking. Singapore City: Singapore.
16. Rahman, A. (1998, Jun-July). Dare we embrace McLaren's Critical Pedagogy?: Critical review of Peter McLaren's Revolutionary multiculturalism: Pedagogies of dissent for the New Millennium. The Educational Researcher. (German translation of the review published in a referred sociological journal from The University of Wuppertal (Spring, 1998).
17. Rahman, A. (2004) Thesis on Cyberjaya: Hegemony and Utopianism in a Southeast Asian State. E-document edition. ProQuest Information and Learning.
18. Rahman, A. (2008). “Speech at Harvard University.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
19. Rahman, A. (2008). “When tomorrow comes.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
21. Rahman, A. (2008). “Malaysia’s educational reform: Can the yellow states lead the way?.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
22. Rahman, A. (2008). “With whom will the army stroll?.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
23. Rahman, A. (2008). “Smart schools vs, sick schools.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
24. Rahman, A. (2008). “Our ‘rempitised’ education system.” In CPI: Writings. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
25. Rahman, A. (2008). “Memories of the colony.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
26. Rahman, A. (2008). “ASLI’s gift to academicians.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
27. Rahman, A. (2008). “All Malaysians have special rights.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
28. Rahman, A. (2008). “From Srivijaya to Cyberjaya: Thoughts on the cultural impact of computer-mediated technology.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
29. Rahman, A. (2008). “Rising oil prices creating Rockefellers?.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
30. Rahman, A. (2008). “Slaying an immortal tiger: Malaysia’s New Economic Policy.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
31. Rahman, A. (2008). “The yellow wave and its durian effect.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
32. Rahman, A. (2008). “MSC—The corridor of imperialism?.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
33. Rahman, A. (2008). “Develop minds, Scrap boot camps.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:
34. Rahman, A. (2008). “De-militarizing the Malaysian National Service.” In CPI: Writings from the Center. Available, from Center for Policy Initiatives Website:

Take not the road to Zimbabwe
Azly Rahman | Dec 22, 09 10:37am
'In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king - H G WellsHow is Malaysia not like a Zimbabwe and how must it not be transformed into one? This is a 220 billion Ringgit question, taking 22 years...
BTN and the price of indoctrination
Azly Rahman | Dec 15, 09 2:19pm
What price indoctrination? Herein lies the question on the RM550 million spent over 10 years on a civic-consciousness programme that turned out to be a project of instilling fear into the Malays fear...
On poverty, charity and semangat padi
Azly Rahman | Dec 1, 09 10:37am
The Malays of the 'rice belt' states have traditionally been believers of 'the spirit of the padi' or 'semangat padi' - an element of animism residualised from the ancient Hindu-Buddhist tradition.It...
What Permata Pintar can learn from Projek Baka
Azly Rahman | Nov 2, 09 2:01pm
It is exciting to learn that Malaysia is seeing another gifted and talented program being established. Projek Permata Pintar is yet another effort to cultivate good thinking skills amongst a selected...
Landslide victory or political immorality?
Azly Rahman | Oct 12, 09 12:34pm
Isa Samad's second coming - into Minangkabau politics - signifies the coming of a disturbing age of loosening morality. What does a landslide victory mean? Will we see a kingdom of peace on earth that...
A new bangsa Melayu
Azly Rahman | Oct 5, 09 1:18pm
History is bunk : Henry Ford, American inventor What if the Malays undergo a conscious and mandated name-change - from Melayu or Malay to Sawojaya? I believe this is possible as a preamble to a...
From cow-headed to level-headed education
Azly Rahman | Sep 7, 09 11:26am
How must we re-educate those who protested in such a style against the relocation of a Hindu temple? What gross deficiencies in our educational system contributed to the creation of beings that...
Merdeka, Murdeka, Moo-deka
Dean Johns | Sep 2, 09 11:07am
OK, OK, I surrender. Today, as I celebrate my personal liberation from the oppressive academic situation that kept me from writing a column last week, I find myself totally out-punned on this week's...
Dream of a sincere Merdeka
Azly Rahman | Aug 31, 09 5:27pm
Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains - Jean Jacques RousseauThere is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents - Thomas JeffersonMalaysia is approaching...
Rethinking the Malay problem
Azly Rahman | Aug 18, 09 11:59am
the scholar is not he who gives the right answers, but he who asks the right questions Claude Levi-Strauss, French structural anthropologist.Where does the predicament of the contemporary Malays lie?...
An independence day monologue
Azly Rahman | Jul 7, 09 11:23am
Another Independence day in America. Another year of reflection for America and myself.Yes, America is an interesting experiment in democracy. General George Washington had almost 80,000 acres of land...
How to speak about Islam
Azly Rahman | Jun 22, 09 12:43pm
The debate on who should or should not speak about Islam continues to be an interesting topic especially in Malaysia. Non-Muslims are also joining the bandwagon in presenting ways on how to speak...
Zen and the art of blogging
Azly Rahman | May 11, 09 11:57am
When I was growing up, I wanted to be Grasshopper, the character in David Carradine's TV series 'Kung Fu'. Grasshopper was child imbued with immense interest in learning about what life means and how...
Preamble to a Penanti proclamation
Azly Rahman | May 4, 09 12:48pm
Two scores and ten years ago, our forefathers and foremothers brought forth in this kampong the plan for a just republic that never materialised. We argued and waged peace for a republic of virtue but...
A divisible 'One Malaysia'
Azly Rahman | Apr 6, 09 1:03pm
I grew up hearing slogans, as each regime passed power to its successor. In the 1960s it was Bersatu teguh, bercerai roboh. In the 1970s it was Bersekutu bertambah mutu. In the 1980s we were serenaded...
Are we seeing a failed M'sia?
Azly Rahman | Mar 23, 09 12:55pm
I was born in a British military hospital in Singapore and grew up in a Malay kampong in Johor Bahru. I've moved from one realm of cultural experience to another, living in one enclave to the next in...
Living in the Reptilian Age
Azly Rahman | Mar 9, 09 1:11pm
We are still living in the Reptilian Age. The Perak Plague and the Madness of Machiavellian politics signify the signs of our times. As the African-American poet Langston Hughes would say, will we...
From 'daulat' to 'derhaka': A Malay Darwinist moment
Azly Rahman | Feb 17, 09 4:14pm
A new consciousness seems to be blowing into the collective psyche of the Malays, known as one of the most obedient people on earth. A specter of the absurd heroism of the Malays seem to be haunting...
Dances with Dayaks
Azly Rahman | Nov 24, 08 12:16pm
We did not ask you white men to come here. The Great Spirit gave us this country as a home. You had yours. We did not interfere with you. The Great Spirit gave us plenty of land to live on, and...
Blue Ocean distortion
Azly Rahman | Nov 17, 08 12:37pm
... Because blue and red oceans have always coexisted however, practical reality demands that companies succeed in both oceans and master the strategies for both. But because companies already...
Entering the post-modern Malay mind
Azly Rahman | Nov 3, 08 1:28pm
In this digital age of post-modernity, hypertextuality, alienation, and of chaos and complexity in which the historical march of capitalism has dictated the way nations think, it is becoming difficult...
Obama for Putrajaya
Azly Rahman | Oct 20, 08 5:10pm
Haji Ramli Street was a dirt lane where Obama used to while away the hours kicking a soccer ball. In the long rainy season, it turned to thick, mucky soup; Obama and his friends wore plastic bags...
I think therefore I perish
Azly Rahman | Oct 13, 08 1:01pm
Cogito ergo, sum - Rene Descartes Rene Descartes the 17th century French philosopher and mathematician, in his most famous essay Meditations and A Treatise on Methods proposed the separation of mind...
Culture reinvestigated
Azly Rahman | Oct 6, 08 11:58am
The festive season brings me to this argument I am having silently with myself: Must core values of a society be preserved, through the rites and rituals and pomp and pageantry of that elusive concept...
Transcending race relations
KJ John | Sep 30, 08 11:27am
The incorrect problem definition often leads to the wrong solution. Therefore, in the course I teach at Universiti Malaya, we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about problem definitions for...
Hadhari, human rights, hypocrisy
Azly Rahman | Sep 29, 08 3:17pm
The General Assembly proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ...
Race Relations Act - why now?
Azly Rahman | Sep 22, 08 11:28am
This sounds like a good idea; but after 51 years of independence?We should have had this act to prevent the emergence of race-based parties and to ensure that all citizens be given equal opportunity...
When tomorrow comes
Azly Rahman | Sep 15, 08 11:20am
The only permanent thing is change - Lao TzuDuring Mahathirism in the 1980s change management ideology pervaded the psyche of the civil service sector. The ideology was enculturalised by the...
A Merdeka upside down?
Azly Rahman | Aug 25, 08 3:31pm
Our Nation, Malaysia is dedicated to: Achieving a greater unity for all her people; maintaining a democratic way of life; creating a just society in which the wealth of the nation shall be equitably...
MARA is progress not fascism
Azly Rahman | Aug 18, 08 12:49pm
Mara means to advance (forward) . It is the opposite of retreat and the declaration of defeat. It does not mean Undur.Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) must live up to its name. So must its younger...
How to dialogue God
Azly Rahman | Aug 11, 08 2:11pm
Must religious dialogue be painful? Must it be greeted with hostility? Or is it a moot question - that the answer lies in our education system's failure, decades ago?I have faith that we will one day...
Our great victory
Azly Rahman | Aug 4, 08 12:57pm
[To be read not later than August 31, 2012]At the great gathering of thousands, the new leaders emerging from the elections of 2012 speak.Praise be to God, Lord of the Universe, Just God of Humanity...
Mind schooling race
Azly Rahman | Jul 28, 08 12:02pm
To evolve into wiser individuals with enquiring minds, we must ask questions and reflect upon the answers suggested to us. If we are afraid to ask questions, our mind and consciousness will be owned...
With whom will the army stroll?
Azly Rahman | Jul 14, 08 2:52pm
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as...
Never trust a politician
K Sugumaran | Jul 9, 08 11:02am
As the political cauldron boils and bubbles there is a need to take a brief look the origins of the current unfolding drama as the country struggles to find her balance.More than bread-and-butter...
Reading Syed Husin Ali, remembering Gramsci
Azly Rahman | Jun 23, 08 12:42pm
Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains. - Jean Jacques Rousseau, 'The Social Contract' The social contract is nothing more or less than a vast conspiracy of human beings to lie to and...
How to radicalise our universities
Azly Rahman | Jun 16, 08 2:18pm
My parents only managed to complete Darjah Tiga/ Standard Three of their education. Poverty and the nature of 'human capital revolution' during the 1940s did not afford them the luxury of being in an...
Smart schools vs sick schools
Azly Rahman | Jun 9, 08 12:21pm
I read this excerpt of a AFP news story below with disgust. '... One-third of Malaysia's schools do not have water and electricity, a minister said, pledging to fix the problem by 2010....'Deputy...
Should I cross over for those millions?
Azly Rahman | Jun 2, 08 12:27pm
That is a two million ringgit question. How much does one get for 'crossing over' these days? I do not know. But if there are millions of ringgit involved, this nation will continue to rot as corrupt...
All Malaysians have special rights
Azly Rahman | May 26, 08 12:11pm
Therefore, the rakyat must unite and never raise issues regarding Malay rights and special privileges because it is a quid pro quo in gratitude for the giving in of citizenship (beri-paksa...
Idiotic pride displayed for all to see
Azly Rahman | May 19, 08 1:29pm
Recently, Johoreans formulated a resolution on ketuanan Melayu. I do not know what this means at a time when our political-psychological landscape has changed. They met at a time when Umno is so...
Sedition Act or Sedation Act?
Azly Rahman | May 12, 08 12:07pm
The current interest in talking about sedition is exciting. I think Malaysians, especially avant-garde Bangsar Malaysians, are discussing the difference between 'sedition', 'sedation', 'seduction' and...
Maid for murder
Azly Rahman | May 5, 08 3:01pm
Today is an extremely sad day for me. It concerns my beloved former English teacher, Puan Rahmah Sahamid. I had just read a 'Malaysia Today' entry on the passing of her beloved sister Habnah. Let me...
After the apology over the keris
Azly Rahman | Apr 28, 08 1:39pm
We must resolve the keris controversy generated by Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin Hussein, who has brandished the keris at the party's annual assembly twice now.At last year's meeting, Umno Perlis...
Malaysia's Jurassic Park
Josh Hong | Apr 25, 08 3:06pm
Needless to say, Malaysia is endowed with natural resources. Compliment is good. But too much of it causes fatigue too. At many international meets, I often get the comments that Malaysia is so...
Mother Earth, Father Hell
Azly Rahman | Apr 21, 08 1:10pm
Celebrate Earth Day every day . (John Denver, American singer, poet of nature)Mothers stay home and raise children; fathers leave home and raise hell. Perhaps this is what the worst-case scenario of...
Reflections on a sinking Bahtera Merdeka
Azly Rahman | Apr 14, 08 12:45pm
Bonda senyum riang (Mother smiled with joy)Menerima bahtera merdeka... (In receiving the ship of Independence)- from an old songWith apologies to the late American social critic Gore Vidal, my piece...
Economic basis of cultural conflicts?
Azly Rahman | Apr 7, 08 11:16am
(Notes from a workshop on Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Columbia University, New York) I once sat in a 'cross-cultural' training workshop at Teachers College, Columbia University. The...
Brave new M'sian identity emerging?
Azly Rahman | Mar 24, 08 3:49pm
Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy...
What next after this 'Asian implo-volution'?
Azly Rahman | Mar 17, 08 1:04pm
(Early notes for a speech at an upcoming Malaysian forum at Harvard University, Boston Massachusetts, USA, March 2008.)Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains(- Jean Jacques Rousseau)Man has...
Revolution of the mind
Azly Rahman | Mar 10, 08 1:14pm
If we've lost, we've lost - Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, at post-election press conference, March 9 2008Kesilapan besar Abdullah antaranya walaupun beliau mempunyai anggota Majlis Tertinggi Umno dan...
Election debates: Just do it!
Azly Rahman | Mar 3, 08 2:48pm
During presidential elections in the United States, it has become customary for the main candidates (almost always the candidates of the two main parties, currently the Democratic Party and the...
Of 'badangs' and 'blogoticians'
Azly Rahman | Feb 25, 08 2:20pm
The mythical Malay Frankenstein, Badang, has now morphed into Agent Smiths of movie The Matrix, fame in circa Malaysian 12th general election. If one is to believe in the Last Supper, the next one...
Mandate of heaven this nation awaits
Azly Rahman | Feb 18, 08 1:24pm
Sometime ago, I wrote these:1) Let our children learn that it is terrifying to be corrupt; such as to build palaces while the homes of the poor are demolished. Let us teach them to vote with their...
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A Malay view of 'Ketuanan Melayu'
Azly Rahman | Feb 4, 08 2:51pm
'O people! Your God is one and your forefather (Adam) is one. An Arab is not better than a non-Arab and a non-Arab is not better than an Arab, and a red (i.e. white tinged with red) person is not...
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Azly Rahman | Jan 28, 08 3:24pm
Each candidate behaved well in the hope of being judged worthy of election. However, this system was disastrous when the city had become corrupt. For then it was not the most virtuous but the most...
Reflect, re-analyse, reconstruct, revolt!
Azly Rahman | Jan 21, 08 3:05pm
Final Part (Part 4) of the speech on Student Idealism , delivered to Indonesian and Malaysian Muslim students of North America, Washington D C, December 2007. We now come to the last part of our...
The limits of democracy and individualism
Azly Rahman | Jan 14, 08 1:27pm
Part 3 of the speech to Malaysian and Indonesian Muslim students of North America and Canada, Washington DC December 2007. I begin with two familiar quotes: A life unexamined is not worth living, said...
Students, question authority
Azly Rahman | Jan 7, 08 12:18pm
Below is Part 2 of the speech on student idealism delivered at the annual gathering of the Malaysian and Indonesian Muslim Students in Washington DC, USA, December 2007. Most respected Malaysian and...
Muslim students, challenge yourselves!
Azly Rahman | Dec 31, 07 5:46pm
This is the first part of a speech on 'student idealism' delivered at the annual gathering of the Malaysian and Indonesian Muslim students in Washington DC in December 2007. Assalamualikum...
Remove our 'national security' straightjacket
Azly Rahman | Dec 17, 07 12:19pm
Work with me not for me. - Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled for 22 years, once spoke about the nine challenges called 'The Way Forward-Vision', said...
Addressing the eternal question
Azly Rahman | Dec 10, 07 11:01am
I received the following poignant but inspiring email a week ago: I convey my heartfelt thanks and highest appreciation for your article 'Plea for Indian Malaysians' (which) has truly overwhelmed me -...
My years of living in rock
Azly Rahman | Dec 3, 07 1:55pm
Doesn't anybody remember laughter ? - from Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven "Oh baby it's a wild world " - Cat Stevens This weekend I did not think deep profound thoughts about my column. I was...
Plea for Indian M'sians
Azly Rahman | Nov 26, 07 11:16am
The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil. We see before us a huge community of producers the members of which are unceasingly...
Behind the colour of change
Azly Rahman | Nov 21, 07 11:21am
In Malaysia, are the leaves turning yellow, too? Are we witnessing the total deconstruction of the race-based political ideology and a breakdown of the economic and social relations of production? Is...
The yellow wave and its durian effect
Azly Rahman | Nov 12, 07 11:25am
"Bersih, Cekap, Amanah" - old political slogan "Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang" - new political slogan "B.e.r.s.i.h" - slogan to get from the new slogan to the old. I quote the first few paragraphs of...
Come down to Earth
Azly Rahman | Oct 22, 07 1:03pm
E.T. go home! - Bumper sticker in New York City When I was a child in primary school back the early 1970s, there was an alien invasion in my school, Sekolah Temmengong Abdul Rahman, Johor Bahru. A...
Battle on, for change!
Azly Rahman | Oct 8, 07 1:59pm
I read with deep concern about the notice served on PKR s Sivarasa Rasiah and Sim Tze Tzin in regard to revealing the sources of the 'Lingam tape'. I hope the Bar Council can do something about it, in...
Let's do the 'lawyer walk'
Azly Rahman | Oct 2, 07 12:17pm
Is this the dawning of the Age of Aquarius? When Jupiter lines up with Mars A song by an R B group The Fifth Dimension out of the turbulent Sixties, written for the musical Hair, reminds me of the...
Sharing the collective guilt
Azly Rahman | Sep 24, 07 1:03pm
"But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal - there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and...
The Ramadhan of our Ramallah
Azly Rahman | Sep 17, 07 12:19pm
"...O People, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadhan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. You know...
Create radical social futurists
Azly Rahman | Sep 11, 07 3:28pm
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. - Plato I once taught Thinking Skills, Foreign Policy, and Ethics. My approach towards Teaching Thinking was about increasing...
Critical Theory for our varsities
Azly Rahman | Sep 3, 07 3:07pm
The recent announcement by the Ministry of Higher Education to reconstruct the ideology and modus operandi of our public universities interest me. It seems to provide a good declaration for the nation...
Non-bumis no more?
Azly Rahman | Aug 27, 07 1:06pm
Sometime ago in a column I wrote the following: We are in the 21st century. About three years from now, we will arrive at the year 2010. The non-Malays and non-bumiputeras have come a long way into...
In search of a new Malay mind
Azly Rahman | Aug 21, 07 11:49am
The decision by Umno to create the "Hulubalang Umno" class interests me. It asks us the question of reason and revolution in the rise and fall of nations and how combative must politics continue to...
A royal speech for our restless youth
Azly Rahman | Aug 13, 07 3:28pm
Here is my interpretation and extrapolation of the speech recently given by the Perak crown prince Raja Nazrin Shah to our students, particularly on his call for students to psychologically prepare...
A mind is a terrible thing to waste
Azly Rahman | Aug 6, 07 12:08pm
I hope the educational needs of the child Adi Putra will be properly attended to. The story on the boy with special mathematical talent interests me. At the time of composing this article, I am in the...
I want to serve...
Azly Rahman | Jul 30, 07 12:23pm
Fundamental Liberties, Part 2, Malaysian Constitution, Article 10 Subject to Clauses (2), (3) and (4) -a) every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression; b) all citizens have the...
The Internet unplugged
Azly Rahman | Jul 16, 07 2:54pm
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Take seven more deep deep breaths. Stabilise your breathing. Go deeper into the word of your supra-consciousness until your reach a space. A space of bits and...
I'll miss... I'll miss...
Dean Johns | Jul 11, 07 11:01am
When I leave Malaysia for Australia or somewhere else next month, there s lots I'm going to miss. And I can think of no more appropriate literary formula for expressing my nostalgia-to-be than the one...
Malay myth as colonising strategy
Azly Rahman | Jul 9, 07 11:07am
"Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains." - Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract "The Social Contract is nothing more or less than a vast conspiracy of human beings to lie to and...
Should I leave the party?
Azly Rahman | Jul 2, 07 1:15pm
Some time last year, I received a long letter from a respectable leader of a Malaysian political party seeking advice. The contents of the letter are summarised and modified here for clarity and...
Animal Farm our Parliament has become?
Azly Rahman | Jun 25, 07 12:48pm
Bodoh. Bodoh. Bodoh. Bangang. Bengap. Bahlul. Biol. Bebal. Binatang. Berok. Baboon. Bocor. Booooooo! Bodoh. Bodoh. Bodoh. These are some of the recurring B-words that have become the common nouns...
UM - not a McRendang university
Azly Rahman | Jun 21, 07 3:00pm
I like to teach the world to sing In perfect harmony - Coca Cola Jingle, circa 1970s. "I believe that education should first be a dialogical tool to mediate and resolve the contradiction between...
MSC - the corridor of imperialism
Azly Rahman | Jun 11, 07 3:16pm
"Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners. " - Vladimir Lenin "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a...
Lina Joy and our sorrow
Azly Rahman | Jun 4, 07 12:45pm
I want to move away from the obvious analysis of the soon-to-be psycho-semiotic phenomena of the Malay Christian convert named Lina Joy. Where I live - 30 minutes drive from New York City - a local...
Dancing with desire
Azly Rahman | May 28, 07 1:43pm
"The self-controlled soul, who moves amongst sense objects, free from either attachment or repulsion, he wins eternal Peace." - Bhagavad Gita In the Golden Age, Rulers were unknown. In the following...
Don't ban it if you don't get it
Azly Rahman | May 21, 07 11:31am
There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance. - Goethe, German philosopher The Internal Security Ministry denied that it had seized 10 copies of the book on May 13, clarifying that it had...
Was May 13 naturally orchestrated?
Azly Rahman | May 17, 07 12:24pm
Perhaps it was. That would be the answer to the event that has become embalmed as a semiotic of racial conflict. Perhaps it wasn't planned. We need more interpretations of this event. If we ban more...
How low must higher education go?
Azly Rahman | May 7, 07 1:21pm
How many roads must a man walk down Before you call him a man? Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail Before she sleeps in the sand? Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly Before...
Ijok and the eclipse of reason
Azly Rahman | Apr 30, 07 11:39am
In Ijok last Saturday, did the people vote wisely? Or did they vote for the continuation of the use of totalitarian instruments such as the Internal Security Act, Universities and University Colleges...
Are we in Hutu-land?
Azly Rahman | Apr 23, 07 2:10pm
As we were finishing our lunch, Khalid Ibrahim was approached by a youth in Pemuda BN attire, and intimidating words were used on him soon after. malaysiakini has a good account of the incident...
The Machiavellis in Malaysian politics
Azly Rahman | Apr 16, 07 5:45pm
Against my will, my fate, A throne unsettled, and an infant state, Bid me defend my realms with all my pow'rs, And guard with these severities my shores. - from Machiavelli's The Prince, Chapter XVII...
Integration with integrity
KJ John | Apr 10, 07 12:17pm
On Wednesday last week, I received an SMS from my brother-in-law and one of my theological guides, which simply requested me to see the headlines of the New Straits Times, with the words: it is...
Memories of the colony
Azly Rahman | Apr 9, 07 11:51am
En route from Amsterdam to London for the Oxford Roundtable, on board a Boeing 737 on March 25, my mind scanned memories of my childhood as the plane ascended. Memories of my beloved grandfather who...
An invitation to The Oxford Roundtable
Azly Rahman | Apr 2, 07 11:44am
I received an invitation to be a member of a roundtable on cultural diversity held at Britain's oldest institution of higher education, Oxford University. I was nominated to be part of the group of...
Who owns Harvard of the East?
Azly Rahman | Mar 27, 07 11:42am
The Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) campus community thrives to be a hub for intellectual discourse, discussions of various world issues and problems. The quest for knowledge and wisdom is borderless...
An ode to bloggers
Azly Rahman | Mar 19, 07 12:41pm
Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Denis Diderot, French Enlightenment thinker There was non among the myriads of men that existed who would...
Stop glorifying Mat Rempits!
Azly Rahman | Mar 12, 07 1:08pm
"The (North Pole Free Fall) expedition is among the latest controversial moves by Umno to engage youths, especially Mat Rempit, in a series of baffling activities . This includes a 50,000-strong...
Corruption in veins of body politic
Azly Rahman | Mar 5, 07 12:05pm
Hai orang-orang yang beriman, makanlah di antara rezeki yang baik yang Kami berikan kepadamu dan bersyukurlah kepada Allah, jika benar hanya kepada-Nya kamu berserah (Al-Baqarah:172). This comes from...
Let’s de-segregate our schools
Azly Rahman | Feb 26, 07 12:14pm
School is not preparation for life, but school is life, wrote American pragmatist philosopher John Dewey. We need to begin a national project of desegregating schools. I propose that all schools and...
The RM23 billion question
Azly Rahman | Feb 12, 07 2:01pm
What will RM23 billion buy for our education system under the proposed reforms? What is the relationship between education and economic development in the context of globalisation and international...
Malay matrix awaits its messiah
Azly Rahman | Feb 5, 07 11:40am


penyapujagat said...

A very powerful profile. Have U been conferred any professoship?

You fit the bill be be any VC in Malaysian University, NuS etc..


Anonymous said...

Bro, i feel really gud to see that you're doing extremely well in your chosen field. I still remember the old days in OU when you were a young married man, with Apit clinging to you all the time. U were such a great father to Apit, and later Anip, and husband to Tiara. Thats all. Then u, tiara, apit and anip balik Malaysia. And we never meet since then.

God bless u brother. All the best. Salam to tiara.

Zuraidi & Yos (OU 1986 - 1990)
MSc Journalism
PhD Interpersonal Communications

Anonymous said...

Bravo Columbian. Been reading your article through MT and I am so proud of you.

MRSM KTN 85-88

Maverick said...

Dear Sir,

You should be appointed as the Education Minister if there is a new dawn in our country.

Happy to hear there are Malaysians like yourself doing great stuff abroad.

Cheers and wish you all the best.

zubin said...

what a great profile. I am sure you are doing great in NY. What are you doing now? Are you still teaching in Columbia? I once got a place for phd at UC but went to UK instead. Early this year I went for an interview at UCR California but the programme is scrapped by the uni. Love to talk to you regarding academic life and american academic for Asian and Malaysian like yourself. Why do you have to do few masters? I am looking forward to read your articles. Hope to be intouch! Salam Ramadhan

Sharina said...

I stumbled upon this blog by accident and I'm glad I did.

Dr D Quek said...

I've always been very engrossed and impressed with your writing in MT, malaysiakini and your illuminations, since I became a little more involved with sociopolitical affairs in the build-up to the March 08 elections.

Congrats on making it as a truly towering 'Malaysian', a proud intellectual icon whom everyone back in Bolehland can aspire to! More than that, I admire your steadfast multicultural ideas and thoughts which transcends skin-deep ethnic bigotry. Keep writing and thinking. I only hope more of our political masters would learn about how much you can help influence policies for the betterment of all Malaysians. Syabas once again.

Dr David Quek, a Malaysian longing for that elusive reform for all, where ideas and commonsense prevail, instead of pettiness and parochial self-interests...

Anonymous said...

Dr, we need people like u back in our beloved country to help PR to govern. I think u can be a very good Edu Minister (not like the half baked ones we have now).
Hope DSAI or any top brass in PR are reading this too......
All the best to u !

Anonymous said...

Shalom Dr Rahman.

Very very impress with your long list of achievements.

The country certainly needs talented global Malaysians like yourself to lead us out of the mess.

Education Minister post will certainly suit you compare to the current half-past-six self-serving-nothing-but-politic-driven at work.

Our younger generations are suffering because the current leaders are more interested in segregating the youngs into different races since Primary school. Do check out the lists of complaints from parents with children in Kebangsaan. Leaders are playing politics and corrupt the minds of our younger generations with distorted truth and trying to change the history of the nation.

It is very very unfortunate that the country does not appreciate your talent, ministerial posts are given to individuals who are capable of nothing else but playing politics.

Just pray that one day, by God's will, you will return to the nation to bring necessary reforms.

Eugene Foo


Dear all,

Thank you for the humbling comments above. They have further inspired me to write, to share, and hopefully to educate. Indeed, education for critical consciousness will always be a powerful tool of engagement in times of rising totalitarianism. Long haul, long walk to freedom.

Best wishes.

ajoyly said...

Dr. Azly, you are truly an amazing person.Very well versed in so many areas of knowledge.Your articles are precise, supported by facts and logic. I enjoyed reading them and am looking forward to see many more items on politic,religion, culture, economic, humanity etc., especially relating to the situation in Malaysia and also internationally.

donplaypuks said...


I, and I think many others too, are having great difficulty posting comments to your blogs. The box keeps disappearing with a message that IE is unable to connect to the comment box.

Perhaps you would like to check your settings and consult your web site administrator. You may be missing out on a lot of response to your blogs.

Fadzleen said...

Assalammualaikum Dr. Azly,
I wish I knew about your blog earlier. Just to tell you that the F5 English textbook that you co-wrote with your wife about 15 years ago (I think it was the one with Si Pintar, the robot and Hang Nadim, I'm not too sure) catapulted my interest in English Language. It was so different from all the textbooks that were used previously. Fast foward to the present, I'm currently teaching English Language in Johor Bahru. I wish you all the best in your future undertakings and I look forward to reading your views on the Malaysian education system.


Waalaikum salaam Fadzleen,

Good to hear that you're a teacher -- one of the best professions on Earth! How nice to hear that you liked the textbook from 15 years ago. Yes, it was fun and challenging writing it as well especially when you're thinking of the interest of Form 5 students and the level of Malaysian English as well. Can't believe that was 15 years ago in Malaysia! Here I am now teaching Americans. Good luck to you and be proud of your contributions as a teacher-- many will thank you.

Anonymous said...

salam Dr Azly aka. Mr. Azly (when u were my english teacher...),

You are so so good..I am so proud to be one of your student..although at that time i didnt ask for your autograph but i always admire you and your wife. terima kasih gave me high marks for my english although my english wasnt good enough as you always consider all these creativity that i have embedded in the my english essay as points ..yeayy...i was enjoying english so much at that time and cant wait for you to come in the class..but that was 20 years mrsm perlis...anyway...i wish you all the best walaupun you are already very very best..:)i hope 0ne day you can come back and serve our nations again and thank you mr.azly

ex-taiko mrsm perlis

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry to read such a short minded writings & opinions regarding "ketuanan melayu", a 'malay' person such as your goodself. I guess having a lengthy academic qualifications from the USA doesn't make one a 'scholar' thus can write such doctrine to poison the minds of 'lurus bendul' malays & get the support of non-malay.. I feel ashamed to hear that an mrsm alumni becomes like this! The late Tun Razak will cry like crazy if he knew.. Please repent (bertaubat..) for the struggle of our people.The non-malay are behind u if u r writing 4 their benefit, guess what will happen if the other way round, like questioning why the industries don't want to take malay professionals-first they will say becos of english, then if english good, then becos no mandrin/chinese language-pls look how the malay struggle in S'pore..That is why mahathir says "melayu mudah lupa"

Anonymous said...

My father wants me to learn from you. =D

Anonymous said...

Aslkm Dr Azly, saya ingin meluahkan perasaan saya dan tertanya-tanya bagaimanakah caranya seseorang menulis sejarah (biografi. Saya ingin sentuh di sini bahawa saya teramat kecewa apabila membaca artikel wikipedia Tun Perak yang teramat sedikit seperti layak untuk sejarah Tingkatan 1 & 2 dan apabila membaca rujukan artikel saya amat terkejut sekali kerana sumber rujukan adalah daripada sejarah tingkatan 1 & 2 yang ditulis oleh angkatan sdra juga di UUM dulu, Allahyarham Lt Kol (Kehormat) Ahmad Fawzi Basri...

Siapakah yang patut memberi sumbangan kepada artikel Tun Perak yang bersesuai dgn profail nya yang telah memberi sumbangan besar dari segi kemakmuran Kerajaan Negeri Melaka pada kurun ke-15.? Adakah artikel ini terlepas pandang dari Jabatan Sejarah Negara atau pun Arkib Negara?

Saya mengutarakan hal ini supaya mungkin Dr Azly boleh memulakan langkah (inisiatif) penulisan sejarah Tun Perak ini di kalangan komuniti penulis sejarah Tokoh2 Melayu mungkin dengan atau Raimey arkeologis sambilan yang mencari usaha Kota Gangga untuk menulis lebih terperinci Tun Perak.

Supaya mampu kita boleh bandingkan dgn artikel Wikipedia mengenai Enrique the Black (Atau nama hikayat Melayu oleh Harun Aminurashid iaitu Panglima Awang)yang panjang dan memfokuskan kisahnya menyertai pelayaran Magellan mengelilingi dunia.

Pada saya, saya berkeinginan untuk membongkar diplomasi Tun Perak dgn Laksamana Zheng He (Cheng Ho). Pada ketika ini juga saya berhipotesis bahwa keamanan Selat Melaka pada kurun ke-15 dahulu ialah disebabkan oleh dua tokoh besar seperti di atas sebagai faktor penyumbang terbesar kepada keamanan rantau.

Saya berharap adanya tokoh pakar dalam bidang pengajian sejarah Melayu mengambil usaha2 untuk menulis dengan lebih terperinci lagi ketokohan Tun Perak sebagai pentadbir dan diplomat yang ulung ketika itu.

Dalam pada itu, saya juga ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada Dr juga kerana saya amat menyanjungi subjek Pengantar Pemikiran di UUM (saya ambil pada tahun 1993)dan mendapati teknik pemikiran logik yang diutarakan oleh Edward De Bono (Rujukan buku teks) ketika itu menyumbang besar kepada teknik pemikiran dari segi penyelesaian masalah (problem-solving)terhadap kehidupan saya.

Sekian. Terima kasih

Azlan Abd Malik
Bekas Pelajar Universiti Utara Malaysia (1991-1997)-(Matrikulasi dan Sarjana Muda Perakaunan)

Anonymous said...

"Tun Perak telah dianggap salah seorang daripada tiga orang pentadbir yang teragung.di alam Melayu pada masa Kesultanan Melayu Melaka. Beliau mempunyai keperibadian, cita-cita dan kebolehan yang tinggi murni bagi seorang pemimpin. Beliau merupakan Bendahara Melaka dalam kurun ke-15 dan merupakan pentadbir yang teragung bersama-sama dengan Aria Gajah Mada dari Majapahit dan Raja Kenayan dari Pasai. Beliau merupakan Bendahara Melaka yang ke-lima dengan gelaran Bendahara Paduka Raja selepas Bendahara ke-empat iaitu Tun Ali Seri Nara Di-raja.

Melaka telah diasaskan oleh Parameswara pada tahun 1396. Melaka telah dinamakan bersempena pokok melaka. Melaka telah dijadikan pentas bagi pendatang Cina, Portugis, Belanda dan Inggeris dalam penciptaan sejarah. Di bawah pemerintahan Parameswara dan pemerintah-pemerintah selepas beliau serta dibantu oleh Bendahara Tun Perak, Melaka membangun hingga menjadi kuat dari segi politik, sosial dan ekonominya. Kepesatan pembangunan di Melaka telah menarik ramai pedagang-pedagang asing dari negara China, India, Timur Tengah serta negara-negara jiran. Melaka pernah menjadi pusat perdagangan utama di timur pada suatu masa dahulu.

Kesejahteraan Melaka ini jugalah yang telah menarik kuasa-kuasa asing seperti Thailand untuk menakluk Melaka. Percubaan Thailand untuk menakluk Melaka pada tahun 1446 dan 1456 telah dijatuhkan oleh Tun Perak, seorang Bendahara Melaka yang bijak. Perhubungan Melaka dengan negara China juga adalah hasil keputusan strategik Melaka untuk menghalang kemasukan Siam. Kepesatan pembangunan di Melaka telah menarik ramai pedagang-pedagang asing dari negara China, India, Timur Tengah serta negara-negara jiran. Melaka pernah menjadi pusat perdagangan utama di timur pada suatu masa dahulu"

Artikel dalam laman internet Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia

Komen saya: (maknanya saya kena usaha sendiri pulak nak mencari kisah Bendahara Tun Perak)

Azlan Abd Malik
Bekas Pelajar Universiti Utara Malaysia (1991-1997)-(Matrikulasi dan Sarjana Muda Perakaunan)

Anonymous said...

thanks exchange for this tips

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Anonymous above,

Don't feel sad reading my writings. Dialogue with them instead, providing a critique of the ideas you disagree with. I do appreciate you reading them though. Thank you.

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Ir. Abdul Halim - HARTFORD said...

Dear Dr Azly, You should enter Malaysian politic. Come home, let contest in upcoming GE13. We need you..

Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Azly,
You have to come back and help put Malaysia back on track. The derailment took place sometime in the early 70's

Anonymous said...

I must say amongst all the men i have met my short life time ....u happen to be someone tat had been gifted by d gods ....thus ....ahead of times .....for an unfortunate masses ....trapped by their own design....fortunateli ...u have opened many a mind ....thru' ur persistency of them happens to be me....cheers doc' ....may u have many a blessed years ahead ...

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