The Chronicle of Malaysia captures the full dramatic sweep of Malaysia’s history, taking the reader on a whirlwind tour through the nation’s first 50 years. It is packed with concise illustrated news stories covering all the nation’s key social, political and cultural events. As a compendium of all aspects of Malaysian life, the book will capture the mood of the day with a sense of vividness and immediacy. Concise, accessible articles—revised and rewritten to engage today’s readers—are introduced by headlines and liberally illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned cartoons.
The book is structured chronologically, with an average of eight pages devoted to each year. Each year’s coverage commences with a succinct summary of its key events. A host of themes are covered: the major political and economic events will of course be featured, but the real focus of the book is the human side of the Malaysian experience—sports, fashion, music, the arts, architecture, lifestyle, disasters, crime and the social scene—to give readers the feel of each era of Malaysia’s past. Magazine advertisements offer additional perspectives on the times.
To further broaden the book’s scope, running parallel to the local reportage runs a timeline of regional and international events.
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A career journalist for nearly three decades, Philip Mathews also worked for an international organisation in Tokyo and as Assistant Director General at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia.
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