Drifting into Politics: The Unfinished Memoirs of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman

Drifting into Politics: The Unfinished Memoirs of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman
Date of publication:  2015
Publisher:  ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Number of pages:  89
Code:  LH25
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789814695305
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Tricia Yeoh. The Sun Daily. Nov, 11, 2015

"( .... )Written from a first person point of view based on his personal writings (and edited by his son Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail and Ooi Kee Beng), the book offers insights into the reasons he left the medical profession to join politics at the persuasion of Tunku Abdul Rahman. Ismail's writings are frank (sometimes shockingly so), succinct in weaving through the complex politics of his time and importantly, provides the reader with interesting background of the events and subtle negotiations leading to Malaya's independence in 1957. ( .... )"

About the publication

This is the unfinished autobiography of Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, the medical doctor who held key government positions in the first two decades of Malaysian nation building, and who was an important early player within UMNO, the country's dominant political party. Drifting into Politics was found among the private papers that were handed over to the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in 2005 by Tun Dr Ismail's eldest son, Mohd Tawfik.

The family has asked for it to be published in 2015, this year being the 100th anniversary of Tun Dr Ismail's birth. This is an apt time indeed to make his reflections on his own life available to the world. This is also the third book to come out of the Tun Dr Ismail papers which are kept at ISEAS Library.

The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time, the biography written by Ooi Kee Beng and published in 2006 is ISEAS's all-time bestseller, and it brought Tun Dr Ismail back with great impact into Malaysian political analysis and discourse. It has been translated into Malay and Chinese. The second book— Malaya's First Year in the United Nations — has also been welcomed by scholars of Malaysia's foreign affairs and diplomacy. This present volume continues Malaysia's rediscovery of Tun Dr Ismail.


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