This is the long-awaited biography of Malaysia's powerful Home Affairs Minister and Detupy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman, who passed away of a heart attack on 2 August 1973. It is based on his private papers and on numerous interviews with his relatives and with people who knew him well, including Ghafar Baba, Musa Hitam, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Robert Kuok, Lee Kuan Yew and Ghazali Shafie.
New Perspectives are provided about the struggle for independence, Malaysia's relationship with Singpore, the origins of Southeast Asian regionalism, the internal conflicts of the ruling party UMNO, MCA-UMNO ties, the fatal illness of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the May 13 riots, and the New Economic Policy. This book contains not only new facts about Malaysian and Singaporean history, but also insights into the processes of decolonization and nation building.
Ooi Kee Beng is a Lecturer and Researcher, Stockholm University, Sweden. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Insititute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.