The Encyclopedia of Malaysia: Sports and Recreation


Volume editor Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid
184 pp, 290 mm x 220 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4155-61-8
RRP USD29.95 buy from amazon

Category: Reference, The Encyclopedia of Malaysia Series
Theme: Malaysia
Series: The Encyclopedia of Malaysia

The 15th volume in The Encyclopedia of Malaysia series showcases the wealth and diversity of sports and recreation in Malaysia. The gamut of Malaysian games and pastimes is covered, encompassing everything from top spinning to badminton to Formula One racing.

The volume commences with an overview of the incredible array of traditional games and pastimes in Malaysia.
The recreational activities of the various ethnic groups in the country are examined, with special emphasis on widely popular pastimes such as kite flying, bird singing and silat.

The volume then proceeds with an exploration of the multitude of competitive sports and modern recreational activities in the country. The history of each sport and activity is chronicled, focusing on its introduction to Malaysia and the key personalities and events that have shaped its evolution. Over 70 different sports and activities, ranging from team sports to mind games to adventure and extreme sports, are examined.

The volume concludes with a discussion of the development of sports institutions and infrastructure in Malaysia and the significance of various sports industries in the country.

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Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid is the current president of the Malaysia Lawn Bowls Federation and the Asia Lawn Bowls Federation and deputy president of the Malaysian Malays Cricket Association. Previously he served as Chief Secretary to the Government. He has authored numerous books including a work on the history and development of lawn bowls in Malaysia, and is the Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Encyclopedia of Malaysia.


Over one hundred topics are explained clearly and concisely by leading academics and subject specialists. Authors include Terence Netto, Ungku A. Aziz, Selina Khoo, Percy Seniveratne, Ng Peng Kong, Gerald Martinez, Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof, Heidi Munan and Juli Edo.


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