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Mar.29.2013
Readings from Readings
Sometimes I become confused, unsure if I am here or there. Here is Glasgow, a city of rain and four seasons, of changing lights and a changed life. There is a town called Tampin in Malaysia, my birthplace, a tiny spot in the tropics. Here and there, thousands of miles and almost two latitudes apart. Perhaps it is the long walks in...
Article
Apr.05.2009
The Guardian Comment is Free
Article
Jan.03.2009
Scottish Review of Book
At my event in London’s Asia House, a childhood friend, now a Londoner, brought with her a detailed map of Malaysia, spreading it out at every opportunity, running her fingers on roads and railways, tracing them all the way to my—our—hometown.  Malaysia?  You mean Singapore?  Some asked. My friend shook her head and pointed at the peninsula, then the small...
Article
Jan.03.2009
The Guardian Comment is Free
Last week, when I was browsing news about Malaysia from home, the words "arrests" and "ISA" sprang out at me and made me put all my work to one side. I was distressed to read that three arrests were made by Malaysian police under the Internal Security Act (ISA): the prominent blogger and online media editor Raja Petra Kamarudin, journalist Tan...
Short Story
Dec.27.2008
The Product Magazine, Winter 2007
It is nearly midnight when he comes home. A research report has to be ready in a fortnight, and he likes working in his office: quiet, spacious, shelves of books and references within reach. A few sandwiches, some cups of coffee and tea, and time passes without him realising. The hallway is dark, and then the light flashes. He looks up. There is a shockwave...