Research

The Malay national banking corporation: The first Malay bank in Malaysia Principal investigator Professor Dato’ Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman (Universiti Malaya) Co-investigators Dr. Zulkanain Abdul Rahman (Universiti Malaya) Dr. Mardiana Nordin (Universiti Malaya) The The Malay national banking corperation: The first Malay bank in Malaysia study discusses the history of the establishment, development and the role of commercial banks owned by British, Chinese, Malay, Indian, and private money lenders, who were also known as the chettiar. The scope of the study spans from 1874 to 1957. In general, the historical development of banks in Malaysia beganRead More
Islamic criminal law in a national legal system: The case of Egypt Principal investigator Dr. Siti Zubaidah Ismail (Universiti Malaya) Co-investigators Dr. Muhamad Zahiri Awang Mat (International Islamic University of Malaysia) Dr. Zalina Zakaria (Universiti Malaya) The Islamic Criminal Law in a National Legal System: A Case Study of Egypt project began in late 2012. The project falls under the Dr Zubaidah’s ‘cluster’ Islamic Criminal Law Project (ICLP), and attempts to develop the theme of contemporary Islamic criminal law as implemented in Muslim countries. The study therefore allowed for case studies in each ofRead More
 Anthropological Research: Part 1 Dr. Michael Hadzantonis Humanities Research Cluster Universiti Malaya What is Anthropological research? Throughout the multi-part feature on the subject, I am to shed some light on obscured views of the subject. Anthropology encompasses the study of people. But, so do multiple other scholarships; psychology (a misnomer from the onset of its use a century ago), social psychology, psychiatry, sociology, paleontology, medicine, linguistics and communication, theology, history, politics, criminology, culturology and cultural studies, performance, social work, area and regional studies, Kungfu, Karate and Silat, and culinary studies, atRead More
Knowledge sustainability with reference to Malayonesian knowledge Dr. Shaharir Bin Mohamad Zain Centre for civilizational dialogue University of Malaya  This Sustainability of knowledge and its indices project aims to expose motives for the rise and fall of certain strands of scientific knowledge through out the development of great civilizations. From these factors, and hence the factors that explicate and determine, and hence mediate, the rise and fall of knowledge, the project and its researchers, have attempted to develop an index for determining the level of sustainability of a particular knowledgeRead More
Going global: Branding strategies and entrepreneurs Malaysian industry Shakila Yacob & Rosilawati Zainoli University of Malaya Over the past decade notions of beauty have been undergoing significant transformation in Malaysia. Through interviews with managers and owners in three emerging beauty companies as well as a consumer survey, this study reveals three important factors inherent in a new approach in the ongoing commercialization of beauty: that indigenous knowledge of herbs as crucial ingredients is held and diffused by women; that women are the founders, managers and users of the products; and that these companies are family-ownedRead More
Discursive psychology: Part 2 Dr. Michael Hadzantonis Humanities research cluster Universiti Malaya Following on from Discursive psychology: Part 1, I continue our exploration of DP. Discursive psychology argues that phenomena, which traditional psychological theories treat as ‘inner processes’ and thus predicated on histories of the person, also emerge through social, discursive activity in situated instances. Discursive psychology directly addresses in an attempt to conceptualize the workings of the brain as not solely grounded in history, and hence not solidified in past events, as traditional psychology may stipulate. Rather, we seeRead More
CLMV-World Bank ‘Curriculum development for tourism and hospitality management’  Prof. Ghazali Musa Faculty of business and accountancy University of Malaya Prof. Azirah Hashim Humanities research cluster University of Malaya University of Malaya and the University of South-East Asia (USEA) in Siem Reap obtained a Development Innovation Grant (DIG) from the World Bank organisation during Phase 1 of the CLMV initiative. Subsequently, both institutions have been collaborating on a curriculum development project and have organised a training workshop on tourism and hospitality management on the 9th-11th of January 2014 at USEA.Read More
Taijiquan theory and movement in application to the physicality Of piano playing Dr. Loo Fung Ying Deputy Director of Undergraduate Study Cultural centre University of Malaya This research examines Taichi or taijiquan, the Chinese martial art, looking at its philosophy and movement in application to the physicality of piano playing. The theory of yin andyang based on the Taijitu (taiji diagram) is used as a new framework in analyzing piano playing technique and seek possible answers to conflicting issues.  The application of this Eastern philosophical concept of movement in the aspect of piano playing includes relaxation technique, footRead More
Discursive psychology: Part 1 Michael Hadzantonis Humanities research cluster University of Malaya Discursive psychology constitutes an analytical practice through which to delineate ways in which, individuals linguistically negotiate mental functions. The practice of Discursive Psychology takes as a starting point memory and the schematic and intellectual functions of the brain. It seeks to interpret ways in which speech acts, and the contextualization of these speech acts, mediate thinking and memory. DP takes as its basis that mental processes not only inspire discourse but that discourse mediates mental processes and the production ofRead More
ICT and Indigenous Peoples/(InCONNECTS.my_ICT1) The Inconnects project comprises an attempt to investigate the current educational and health needs of various indigenous communities, and to assist these communities to engage in activities whereby they actively receive commodities to progress and to resolve issue that currently impede development in modernity. Given the negative impact of inappropriate research with indigenous communities, there is an urgent need for ethical research approaches based on consultation, strong community participation, and methods that acknowledge indigenous ways of knowing. For building a trust relationship with the community inRead More