Sultan Nazrin Launches 'Legends, Lessons And Love:
A Small Town And An English School
It's Sultan Nazrin launching a book by Prof Jamilah.
I think the Sultan likes the book very much as it seems that he had actually read the whole book and wrote his own speech which is actually a book review for the function.
He said the book written by prominent academician, Puan Sri Prof Dr Jamilah Ariffin which provided insights of not only the lives of individuals but also the education system during the nation's crucial transitional period, would be a good read for today's educationists.
"We can learn much about community and multi-culturalism from this richly detailed account of how these operated in those days.
"While we may not be able to return to that more innocent small-town past that this book so powerfully brings to live, there may again be valuable elements that we could learn from in our current efforts to build a harmonious multi-cultural society," he said when launching the book at Sime Darby Convention Centre, here today.
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Elaborating Sultan Nazrin said the book provided rich details on various aspects of traditional British education model, with its kind but firm discipline by the teachers and successive principals, who fulfilled their roles in moulding the new generation with such dedication.
The school sought to build confidence and ambition among all its students, as part of an approach that emphasised service, duty, honesty and integrity," he said.
Sultan Nazrin said the book constantly reminded readers on the different ways in which multi-culturalism was experienced before the manipulation of racial or religious difference for political purposes that had become a feature of our politics since.
"As depicted in the many photos in the book, there were easy mingling of classmates from different races and religious background who met as equals on the school grounds.
"Friendships were then deepened through the many opportunities for inter-action and integration that were provided by the school and broader community," he said.
I need to get myself a copy of this book as Sultan Nazrin makes it as if it's such a good read.
Well, I believe in the good Sultan. He's one of the good guys. A better one, to be exact.
Anyway, maybe I can use Prof Jamilah's book as a guide for my own memoir.....which I'm still struggling to complete.
Writing a book is not easy like writing a blog like this.
It needs a lot of discipline...which I'm lacking.
Prof Jamilah, however, makes it as if it's no big deal as she keeps coming up with one book after another.
I posted these about her previous book,
A lady of substance
Of a book launch and review of a Saturday
By the way, I heard Prof Jamilah's husband is also writing his own book and from what I was told it's a biography.
I hope it will be published soon.
I also hope it's one of those no holds barred kinda books.
Would love to see Datuk Ghani kick some ass in his book.
That would be quite fun, don't you think?
Okay, need to get up and go to work now.