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Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians & Malaysia Kaya, Rakyat Miskin

Full Speech of YBM Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’ at the launching of the Book “Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians” and “Malaysia Kaya, Rakyat Miskin.” on 3rd of April 2014 at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kg Baru.

Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians: Essays on Energy, Economy and Education is now available at major bookstore – Popular, Borders, Times and Kinokuniya. You can also get it online via their respective online portal.

”I applaud Anas for his intellectual discipline to pursue writing which demands mental toughness, tenacity and absolute patience. Indeed, he deserves our admiration and respect. The author deserves my commendation for a task well done. I must admit that I have more than just a passing interest in it. I am always interested in writings on the subject of energy, be they articles for lay reading or academic treatises. Secondly, having been once the Minister of Finance, I follow socio-economic development keenly and of course, national policies on such subjects as education interest me greatly.”  Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Founding Chairman/CEO of PETRONAS, Former Minister of Finance

”Writing on a myriad of subjects – ranging from history, philosophy to economics, and as if such topics were not a mouthful in itself, epistemology included – is a mammoth undertaking. And what Anas Alam Faizli makes up as defense against the cynics is his actual ability to implement his ideals at the grassroots level. Anas is a voice which is reminiscent of that young Malaysian filled with fervor of an exciting future. On the inequality front, Anas helped put inequality – a subject, which was not commonplace as it should be – mainstream.”  Nurul Izzah Anwar – Malaysian Member of Parliament, VP / Election Director of KEADILAN

”This book is a compilation of essays authored by one of the most promising young men I know, Anas Alam Faizli. There is no doubt most of the articles in this book have been prepared with deep thought and great seriousness. There are useful facts and data. A lot can be gained from reading this book. Some of the views and ideas presented can be usefully adopted for the formulation of policies by political parties and the government.” Dr Syed Husin Ali – Malaysian Senator, Former Universiti Malaya’s Professor

“The title is riveting, the content even more. Especially during a time when Malaysians grapple with economic challenges, depleting oil resources and wealth disparities. The author speaks of education as being key to prosperity and social maturity. I would say that for a young man to tackle a rather complex subject is in itself a testimony of how education can elevate Malaysians.” Raja Teh Maimunah Raja Abdul Aziz – Managing Director / CEO of Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad

“I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians and consequently lost, quite happily, a few hours’ sleep! It is an excellent book covering a variety of serious concerns about aspects of Malaysian society. The scope covered is amazing and Anas is among the best of our thinkers on vitally important contemporary issues. Keep writing and share your views. Thank you Anas, you have opened my mind to new perspectives.” Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim – Former Vice-Chairman of Transparency International and Malaysian Senator

“Public advocacy is essential for democracy to thrive. Contrary to those advocating communal strength as that represented by uniformity as if it represents a sort of unity, real strength is actually in its differences. Anas is a young man who proved that there are among our youth those with passion for issues, courage to put their views out there and the talent to articulate it. His Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians typifies the issues advocated by public intellectuals. I find his writing to be based on sound reasoning and always supported by analyses of data.” Dr Nungsari Ahmad Radhi – Managing Director of Prokhas, Former Executive Director of Khazanah Nasional


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Read the book review by Muhammad Nazreen here –

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Read the book review by Dr Rosli Yaakob here

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