Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review Thursday: May Day For Justice - Free Book

May Day for Justice: The Lord President's Version
By Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas
Hardcover: 353 pages
Publisher: Magnus Books (1989)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9839631004
ISBN-13: 978-9839631005

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.


Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Ellen,
We have many of that borrowed but never returned books...wonder where they are.... Perhaps we should start putting in microchips in those books, just like what the vet puts behind mine and Brad's ears... purrr...meow!

Mishkat said...

Thanks so much for the links, Ellen! This looks very interesting.

Cezar and Léia said...

Great hint dear Ellen, thanks a lot!

Pam said...

This one looks interesting. I love reading your blog because I can share facts about Malaysia and amaze my friends. They ask, "How'd you know that?" lol

Pam said...

Oh, yeah. I am trying to discourage the panda look whenever possible!

A Bookaholic said...

wowww thx for d link ellen! :D

Avatar said...

Thanks for sharing the great link but it's incomplete... gah... it's like reading a thriller without the ending.

Could you let me know how many chapters there are in total? The link ends at Chapter XII. Hope there's not many pages left. There aren't many copies around at all, have tried hunting for them at a lot of places, sigh....