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Ingatan Malaysia

Alka Menon – Constructing an Asian Look

How do beauty ideals spread transnationally? This talk addresses the phenomenon of cultural globalization using the case of beauty ideals for cosmetic surgery in Malaysia. In it, I argue that Malaysian cosmetic surgeons balance and mediate between transnational beauty ideals and national tastes, producing embodied cosmetic surgery looks for individual patients. Malaysian cosmetic surgeons facilitate the spread of regional cultural forms from around Asia in selectively drawing on circulating beauty ideals in constructing different “looks” for their patients. This intermediary role has broader implications for how to think about the flow of ideas and concepts across national borders.

Chandra Muzaffar – Mengenang Dimensi Politik Syed Hussein Alatas

Syed Hussein Alatas merupakan antara pemikir penting di Malaysia. Sumbangan beliau tidak terbatas dalam kajian akademik, malah beliau turut menyumbang kepada ideologi politik yang berasaskan etika dan moral yang tinggi. Bertitik tolak dari kesungguhannya untuk menyuburkan semangat intelektual dalam politik, Syed Hussein Alatas telahpun berkecimpung dalam dua gelanggang politik: GERAKAN dan PEKEMAS. Di dalam GERAKAN, beliau bersama-sama dengan dua pemikir penting lain, Syed Naquib Al-Attas dan Wang Gungwu, telah menjadi antara tonggak awal semasa penubuhan parti tersebut.

Interview with Sharifah Munirah Alatas: Syed Hussein Alatas, Political Career and His Attitude Towards Politics

We, his children, saw what politics and politicking did to our father, and it was cruel. But we will offer our help, by educating, spreading the social democratic ideals of our father, to continue applying his ideas to current politics and society, and to help in transforming the backward mindset that exists in the nation. We are also committed to our respective scholarships because it is counter-productive to separate politics from intellectual pursuits. Most of all, we will persist in exposing the ignorant and unethical attitude towards intellectuals and scholarly pursuits, which is the fundamental reason why our political development can never be holistic and sustainable.