May Day for Justice: The Lord President's Version
By Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas
Hardcover: 353 pages
Publisher: Magnus Books (1989)
I first bought this when I arrived in Malaysia 14 years ago because it is the first hand account by the former Lord President of the Supreme Court of Malaysia of how he was ousted by the then Prime Minster Mahathir in 1988.
It's a fantastic story that explains how a fight within a political party was taken to court, and ended up changing the balance between the judiciary and parliament in Malaysia.
This book covers the time when many politicians and lawyers jailed citing security issues, and newspapers were closed for 5 months citing the same reasons.
If you want to understand how modern Malaysia works, then read this book. And if you've too little time to read the whole thing, but want some background, check out the executive summary.
My copy was borrowed and never returned, but there's a free version online here, or you can invest in a copy from Amazon.