Video on Talk at SOAS now online

The video on the talk by Clare Rewcastle-Brown is now online. You can watch it on YouTube by clicking here or on the picture.

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1MDB Dollar Question

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A joint event of SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies and Monsoons Book Club

Date: Tuesday 15 November 2015

Time: 7 – 9 pm

Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies
               College Buildings
               Thornhaugh Street
               Russell Square
               London WC1H 0XG

Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Admission: Free

Further Information can be found on SOAS website

http://tinyurl.com/jta8jnf

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Living in a Time of Deception

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A Book Launch Event organised by School of Oriental & African Studies.

Author: Dr Poh Soo Kai
Special Guest: Dr Ping Tjin Thum
Chaired by Prof Michael Charney (SOAS, University of London)

Date: 10 May 2016 (Tues) Time: 6:30 PM – 8.30PM

Venue:  School of Oriental and African Studies
Russell Square: College Buildings
Khalili Lecture Theatre

Admission: Free. Please see  CSEAS Seminar Programme for details.

Abstract

Living in a Time of Deception is a study of Singapore history from the post-war period to 1965. Dr. Poh Soo Kai describes the book as a historical memoir. He was part of Singapore’s agitation against colonial rule and remains one of the most respected former political prisoners in Singapore.

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A Longtime Political Refugee Seeks Singaporean Justice

Chief witness against Tan Wah Piow convicted of embezzlement

This article first appeared in Asia Sentinel 2016 Feb 01 by Asia Sentinel Correspondent.

A Longtime Political Refugee Seeks Singaporean Justice

Tan Wah Piow, a onetime student leader who fled Singapore after a trumped-up trial that found him guilty of participating in a 1975 riot in a union hall, is asking that his conviction be quashed 42 years later after the chief witness against him was convicted last month of long-running embezzlement of union funds.

Tan, arguably Singapore’s most prominent political exile – although not the only one – became a bête noir of the late Prime Minister Lee Kuna Yew, who 12 years later accused him of being the mastermind behind a so-called conspiracy from overseas involving 16 young Catholics who were arrested in 1987 for allegedly planning to overthrow the government to form a Marxist state.

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We Wish All Our Friends A Happy New Year

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‘Tolerant, Inclusive, Progressive Islam’ – An Evening with Parti Amanah Negara in London

AmanahA report by Lee Weng Yow on the public meeting organised by Malaysian Progressives UK and Harapan Baru UK on 18 Dec 2015

As 2015, an annus horribilis year for Malaysian politics, draws to a close, a year which has seen last but not least, a meeting between Hadi and Najib at the Al-Azhar University Alumni in Kuala Lumpur donning matching ‘lovers shirts’ that would put Korean drama couples to shame, a year that has been packed with the 1MDB scandals of money ‘thrown’ around like confetti i.e. RM2.6 billion to the PM’s account, RM1.83 billion to ‘Najib Golden Boy’ J Low and etc., the conviction of Anwar Ibrahim, the passing of draconian legislations i.e. NSC Act, amendments to the Sedition Act, Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and of course, to save the best for the last, an impending ‘coalition’ between PAS-UMNO all in the name of ‘Malay and Muslim Unity’.

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South East Asia Arts Festival 2015 London

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The 2015 South East Asia Arts Festival was launched on 26 October in London.  The festival is a rich and diverse mix of cultural expressiions and art forms ranging from music, talks, puppet shows, dance workshops, talks and performances. The programmes will run until December 13. Do visit the SEA ArtsFest 2015 website to find out what’s on offer in the 6-week programme.

Explore the online Fulcrum Digital exhibition on the SEA Arts Fest website.  See the The Art of Disobedience; presenting a photo slideshow collection of the expression of creative protest by the people in Malaysia in the recent Bersih demonstration.

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Three Great Cartoonists sharing a jolly good laugh!

Some lucky Londoners were treated to an extraordinary meeting of three great cartoonists sharing jokes and drawing their cartoons to demonstrate the essence of Freedom. The event, Cartoon-O-Phobia: Freedom through Artivism,on 31 October 2015 was organised by SEA ArstFest 2015.

The three cartoonists are Zunar from Malaysia, Plantu the French cartoonist whose works are published in Le Monde since 1972,  and Martin Rowson whose works are in The Guardian.

To watch the hilarious event, click the frame above or visit Monsoons Book Club facebook page.

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Even My Pen Has A Stand

12065667_678459858957082_643736389303963400_nZunar (Zulkiflee Sm Anwar Ulhaque) is a Malaysian political cartoonist who has been repeatedly targeted by authorities on account of his work. His personal slogan is, “How Can I be Neutral, Even My Pen Has a Stand”. His aims are to expose corruption, abuse of power and human rights violations in Malaysia through his art. Zunar is currently facing 9 charges under the archaic Sedition Act 1948 for comments he tweeted in relation to the political persecution and conviction of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim in February this year. If found guilty he faces  43 years imprisonment. He is due to stand trial on the 6th of November 2015.

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Public Lecture – Income Inequality and Piketty

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