Tun Abdul Razak: A literary inspiration


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  • Thursday, 14 Jan 2016

My Recollections Of Tun Abdul RazakAuthor: Tun Ahmad SarjiPublisher: MPH Group Publishing Sdn Bhd, January 2016

The former prime minister has inspired much writing, including biographies, analysis and even poetry.

Tun Razak: Profile Of A Patriot (Jejak Bertapak Seorang Patriot)

Author: Zainuddin Maidin

Translator (Malay to English): A. Hulaimi

Publisher: Utusan Publications & Distributors, 1999

Tun Razak: The Profile Of A Patriot Author: Zainuddin MaidinTranslator (Malay to English): A. HulaimiPublisher: Utusan Publications & Distributors, 1999

THIS profile of Tun Razak is based on interviews with his close associates and information from the archives of Utusan Melayu and The New Straits Times. Divided into 10 chapters, the book covers Razak’s role as the country’s “Father of development”, his struggles, the Indonesian Confrontation, and the final years of his life.

Tun Razak: Prince Of Titiwangsa

Author: Shariff Ahmad

Publisher: Utusan Publications & Distributors Sdn Bhd, 2001

THIS is the story of Tun Abdul Razak’s early life and how he rose to become a leader of the country. Author Tan Sri Shariff Ahmad narrates the intricacies of a life in service to the country in a biography that is meant for the younger generation to evaluate and appreciate Tun Razak’s sacrifices.

Tun Abdul Razak Bin Dato’ Hussein: Dasar Luar Malaysia 1970-1976 (Malaysia’s Foreign Policy)

Author: Rozeman Abu Hassan

Publisher: Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, 2003

AN examination of Tun Abdul Razak’s contributions in developing Malaysia’s foreign policies, including his handling of the nation’s communist problems, issues of racism, the creation of Asean, the development of rural areas, and the creation of diplomatic ties with Asian and Western countries.

Tun Abdul Razak: A Personal Portrait

Compiled by: Yayasan Tun Razak

Publisher : Utusan Publications & Distributors Sdn Bhd, 2005

A COLLECTION of essays written by those who knew Tun Razak best: his friends, his colleagues, and his family. This is a tribute to a man who not only shaped a nation but also influenced the lives not just of his family but also of many people around him, leaving many happy memories as he did so.

Tun Abdul Razak: Bapa Pembangunan (Kebenaran Di Sebalik Perjuangan)

Author: Dharmala N.S.

Publisher: Thinker’s Library Sdn Bhd, 2006

NOT quite a biography per se, instead, this book contains discussions about Tun Razak’s thoughts and political approaches to areas such as education, the economy, and culture.

Syair Tun Abdul Razak Hussein

Author: Muhd Yusof Ibrahim

Tinta Publishers, 2009

A COLLECTION of syair (a form of Malay poetry) crafted in tribute to a memorable man. Tun Razak’s personality, charisma and struggles as a great leader are framed in poetic words that highlight his deeds and service to the people of Malaysia.

Tun Abdul Razak’s Role In Malaysia’s Development

Editor: H. Osman Rani

Publisher: MPH Publishing, 2010

THIS book discusses the plans, programmes, and strategies developed by Tun Razak to enable a struggling agrarian nation to address rural poverty and inherent ethnic biases in terms of socioeconomic status in post-colonial Malaysia. It contains research from over 300 pages of articles by 16 authors, practitioners, and specialists.

Biografi Tun Abdul Razak: Negarawan Dan Patriot

Authors: Nik Anuar Nik Mahmud, Muhammad Haji Salleh & Abd Ghapa Harun

Publisher: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2011

THIS book depicts the history, struggles, vision, mission, and sacrifices of Tun Abdul Razak. The book was compiled by three noted academics from comprehensive and extensive research, and purports to offer information that has never been revealed before.

My Recollections Of Tun Abdul Razak

Author: Tun Ahmad Sarji

Publisher: MPH Publishing, 2016

THE author – who was Chief Secretary to the Government from 1990 to 1996 – offers “unadorned and unembroidered” recollections of his encounters with Tun Razak during his civil service. From his first meeting with Tun Razak to carrying out the PM’s ground breaking policies, Tun Ahmad shares what it was like working with a great statesman.

APART from books, there has been one major motion picture about Tun Razak: 2013’s Tanda Putera, directed by Shuhaimi Baba (who also made 1957: Hati Malaya in 2007). Tanda Putera stars Rusdi Ramli as Tun Razak, with Zizan Nin as his deputy and friend Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman. Set in the period after the riots of May 13, 1969, it is about efforts to restore peace to the country, while keeping news of Tun Razak’s deteriorating health quiet to keep from further worrying an already stressed nation. 


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