Karim Raslans' Hits


I like Karim Raslan, Cambridge-educated lawyer and a founding partner of Raslan Loong - one of Malaysia's leading corporate law firms. Nana bought these two books in 2007 at MPH, KLCC; Confessions of an Old Boys and Malaysia Dalam Peralihan,Ceritalah 1 - Malaysia in Transition. Coming back to Karim Raslan, he is one of Asia's leading commentator and an established writer and columnist with major international newspapers for Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, London, Australia. He also contributes commentaries on the Asia Pacific and Islam to magazines and television stations such as CNN, CBNC etc. A Fulbright scholar at Columbia University from November 2001 to February 2002, Karim has been working on a project entitled: Freedom of Expression in Islamic Societies.
Malaysia In Transition (MIT) : Karim Raslan explores the psyche of a changing nation as it hurtles its way through history and economics. Criss-crossing the country, he asks the vital questions that need to be asked and points the way to the many inconsistencies that still exist in present-day Malaysia. Always personal, always thoughtful, MIT is a measured, insightful guide to an Asian dragon now redefining its role as the fulcrum of Asia.
Confessions of an Old Boys (COOB): Dato’ Hamid is an MCKK (Malay College Kuala Kangsar) Old Boy and a civil servant (of course) who believes that working with the civil service is a privilege. Born and bred in the days of the British Empire, this Anglophile Malay man is captured at his humorous worst by Karim Raslan. Here he 'spills the beans' on his adventures dating back to the 1940s, from Kuala Lumpur to Monte Carlo, Los Angeles to Algiers, London to Temerloh Rest House and much more. Along the way Dato' Hamid tussles with a beautiful seductress-cum-diamond thief; is corrupted by a ruthlessly ambitious banker; and helps solve the murder of a billionaire businessman. In addition, all the time he wishes he were back at home tending his orchids and nursing his favourite cognac.
Shameless, exciting and funny, Dato' Hamid's life and adventures chart the financial, political and amorous relationships that have made Malaysia what it is today.