Malay Silat: How relevant is it in this modern age? Professor Zainal Abd Latiff Zainal Abd Latiff is Emeritus Professor of Theatre in the Performing Arts Department, at the Cultural Centre, University of Malaya. Presently, he holds a grant of RM42,000.00 under the program of Malay Identity and its manifestation in Malaysia and in the Nusantara Region (MALI). Professor Zainal’s work on Silat has been strongly pioneering. Silat, the Malay art of self-defense, is practiced in Malaysia, Indonesia, and The Philippines. The form Champa Silat has existed and developed since theRead More
Attribution resulting in miscommunication between Malaysian employers and Filipino domestic helpers (PI) Francisco Perlas Dumanig Professor Dr. Maya Khemlani David Dr. Hanafi Hussin Dr. Rodney Jubilado Communication breakdown is inevitable, particularly in intercultural communication, since speakers from different cultures do not develop identical communicative competences. Consequently, interactions among people who do not have the same communicative competences may result in miscommunication. This phenomenon occurs in the Southeast Asian region in various contexts. For instance, people from Southeast Asian countries, particularly the Philippines, reside in Malaysia for employment purposes. With littleRead More
Ethno-political discourse among ordinary Malaysians: Diverging accounts of “The good old days” in discussing multiculturalism Richard Buttny Azirah Hashim Kiranjit Kaur Article published in Text & Talk, De Gruyter Mouton Volume 33, Issue 3, Pages 289–309, May 2013 In this study, a small group of ethnically diverse Malaysians was assembled to discuss the state of multiculturalism in Malaysia. Discursive analysis was used to get at the participants’ accounting practices and constructions of multiculturalism. Participants’ accounts revealed an increasing social distance between the Malays and the non-Malays, but differing assessments andRead More
Psychosocial safety climate, emotional demands,burnout and depression: A longitudinal multilevel study in the Malaysian private sector Dr. Mohd Awang B Idris Maureen F Dollard Yulita This multilevel longitudinal study investigates a newly identified climate construct, psychosocial safety climate (PSC), as a precursor to job characteristics (e.g. emotional demands), and psychological outcomes (i.e., emotional exhaustion and depression). We argued that PSC, as an organizational climate construct has cross-level effects on individually perceived job design and psychological outcomes. We hypothesized a mediation process between PSC and emotional exhaustion particularly through emotional demands.Read More
Sustainable Consumption Production:Government Green Procurement Datuk Dr. Norma Mansor  Malaysia is currently undergoing a process of fundamental reform and its transformation is spearheaded by the New Economic Model (NEM), the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), the 10th Malaysian Plan (10MP), etc. The policies and strategies underlying these plans include efforts to promote sustainable development. This reform process is timely and underscores the perfect opportunity to pro-actively mainstream and direct policies to bring about a “switch” to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns. In this respect, theRead More

Posted On May 12, 2014By thanhnhan.huynhle@gmail.comIn 2014Issue3May, Religious Studies

Featured foreign academic
– Dr. Mohammad Ismath Ramzy

Dr. Mohammad Ismath Ramzy Dr Ramzy was born in Hemmathagama, Sri Lanka and received his primary education at Kotegoda Primary School. He admitted to Jaamiyathul Falah Arabic College, Sri Lanka where he memorized the Noble Quran at the age of 14. He continued his formal studies at Al-Azhar Secondary School and joined to Jaamiah Naleemiah in 1991 for religious and formal studies where he completed licentiate certificate in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies from Jaamiah Naleemiah in 1997. He got the degree in Arabic Language from the University of Peradeniya,Read More
Associate Prof. Dr. Mohd Nasir Bin Hashim Dr. Mohd Nasir Hashim is a prominent figure in the University’s music arena. Having served the Cultural Centre in University of Malaya for 24 years, he is a seasoned musician specializing in composition, orchestration and music technology. Upon graduation from the Mara Institute of Technology (UiTM) in Music, Dr. Nasir later obtained his post graduate degrees at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Dr. Nasir also studied under the tutelage of Andrew Llyod Webber in writing scores for musical broadways. His affiliations withRead More