Book Launch & Forum on Minorities Matter: Malaysian Politics and People, Volume III

Date: 04 May 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur

Free entry upon RSVP
Date: Saturday 4 May 2019

Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur

Launched by Guest of Honour Zuraida Kamaruddin, Minister of Housing & Local Government

SIRD and Alliance Française warmly invite you to the launch of the third book in the Malaysian Politics and People series, Minorities Matter.

Reflecting on the changes, and continuities, that Malaysia has witnessed since the electoral outcome of GE14, Minorities Matter brings together a group of local and international scholars to look at contemporary Malaysian politics and society through the lens of those who are often left out of the national narrative, minorities, to understand the ways in which minority groups, from women to East Malaysians, the Orang Asli, refugees and more, have contributed towards, and been affected by, political change in Malaysia.

Launched by an all-women panel the event will reflect on the research of the panellists on minorities in Malaysia as well as the broader questions of minority rights and the political role of minorities in the New Malaysia.



Sophie Lemiere - Political Anthropologist at Harvard University and her research focuses on the question of political culture and political imagination.

Melissa Yoong -  Assistant Professor at the School of English, University of Nottingham Malaysia. She researches on the area of language, gender and sexuality, with a particular focus on how structural imbalances and gendered disadvantages in professional life are depoliticised in the media.

Lilianne Fan - International Director and Co-Founder of Geutanyoë Foundation, a regional h umanitarian organisation based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Aceh, Indonesia.

Lim Su Lin - Policy Analyst with the Penang Institute. A History graduate from Cambridge University, she does research to help improve outcomes for people living with mental health issues. Her areas of interest include mental health reforms within Malaysia's healthcare system and community-based mental health support networks.

Vila Somiah - Sabahan Anthropologist from Kota Kinabalu and has a PhD from the National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on underrepresented narratives in Borneo.

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