From High Hopes to Shattered Dreams?

From High Hopes to Shattered Dreams?

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Author: Azly Rahman

This book showcases birds of the forests — lowland, montane, mangrove — of Peninsula Malaysia. Their choice as the subject matter is tied to their propensity to be “most endangered” due to their habitat’s rapid destruction. Also included are forest edge birds, birds that birders encounter at the edge of forests or along forest tracks. Through photographs which capture their beauty, this book hopes to spark appreciation for these feathered friends and the desire to safeguard them from depletion or extinction through forest conservation. This, in turn, will also help preserve other flora and fauna.

What is the meaning of Mahathir Mohamad’s return as Prime Minister of Malaysia? And what does it mean for the future of the country? In From High Hopes to Shattered Dreams? Azly Rahman argues that, as against a more fundamental transformation of Malaysian society, the change of government which took place post-GE14 has continued to reproduce old trends which have long kept Malaysia from the promise of an equal and forward looking nation, from a feudal mentality, to religious exclusivism, racial divisiveness and the continuing ‘bumi agenda’.

Diagnosing these issues through the lens of cultural theory, Azly advocates for a more fundamental change which transcends politics and which allows for the development of a truly critical consciousness in the country, one capable of producing future-oriented citizens who understand the true meaning of freedom. In a final section, containing three original essays, he then calls for a Third Force to develop beyond BN and Mahathirism, to help produce a country that is sustainable, politically, socially, economically and environmentally.

Format: Large PB
Year published: 2020
Pages: 193
Sub-genre: politcs
Imprint: SiRD
Product weight: 385g

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