farish a. noor’s book launch and other things

On Saturday, I thought I’d do something that I’d never done before — attend a book launch. It was for Farish A. Noor‘s [insert number here] new book, Di Balik Malaysia: Dari Majapahit ke Putrajaya at Rasta @ TTDI. If I am not mistaken, it is a collection of articles, as well as some translation from his previous book, The Other Malaysia: From Majapahit to Putrajaya. ‘Di Balik Malaysia’ is in Bahasa Malaysia, and published by ZI Publications.

Two things I learned at the book launch:

1) Farish A. Noor is quite hot in person
2) Rasta’s keropok lekor is worth a second trip

Di Balik Malaysia book launch - speeches

Before the launch, Zain HD (of the infamous KL Freeze project) took the stage to introduce their new project — Read while Waiting Project (RWP). In short, it’s to encourage people to.. uhm, read while they are waiting for someone or something. And not stare at someone else’s clothes and make judgment about them. Or stare at someone’s kid hoping that they would stfu. Or waste 15 minutes of your life while waiting for the bus/ train to arrive by staring at the “NO FOOD/ DRINKS” sign. You know, stuff like that. Feel free to join the RWP Facebook event where I’m sure you can get more information on the project.

Then Ezra from ZI Publications gave a short speech which I couldn’t really hear because I was at the very back. Then Farish gave a speech and went on about Hang Tuah and his journey from being a gangster to becoming a hero. Then Zaid Ibrahim got up to say some stuff, I think in lieu of Harith Iskandar who was supposed to be there but couldn’t make it.

Di Balik Malaysia book launch - Farish A Noor
So many books to sign

You can get the book at major bookstores for RM 35, me thinks.

Di Balik Malaysia book launch - book buyers
Gier bought one!

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If you are a dog-lover, check this out: The UPM Students’ Society of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine would like to invite you to join their Dogathon 2008. It is an annual charity doggy carnival, held by the society at UPM since 1997.

Date: 10 August 2008 (Sunday)
Time: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Bukit Ekspo, UPM Serdang
Website: http://www.vet.upm.edu.my/~dogathon

They are expecting 2,800 people and 800 dogs. Should be fun.

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Julian Hopkins, a blogger I met at the Nuffnang birthday party is presenting a short seminar talk, titled Blogwars – Authenticity and Value in the Blogosphere tomorrow (29 July) at the Communication Lab Room 9508, Level 5, Building 9, Monash University, Sunway Campus from 12 – 1 p.m. I can’t go because I have to work. But if you are interested in attending, hop over to this website for more details (need to scroll down a bit).

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I’m all pimped out. Next time anyone sends me an appeal for pimpage that begins and ends with ‘you are so wonderful!!!1111’, I am going to ignore it. Heart cannot take it lah!



  1. I think I’ve been in the comic con too long. when i saw the cookie monster i actually thought that someone went for the book launch in a cookie monster costume….

  2. Pimp me! Pimp me! lol

  3. Read while Waiting Project (RWP) ? Sounds interesting. Any E-book or voice book version?

  4. Giant Sotong says:

    …Dr Farish does look like Che Guevara, doesn’t he?

  5. Maybe his a fashion model in his spare time?

  6. eyeris: btw wired published an article on the 10 things you should have gotten at the comic con.


    dabs: heh pimp yourself!

    moo_t: books in any forms lah. can read on your phone if you want to.
    think the date is 23rd August

    GS: hah! a bit! he looks better than the photos i posted

    Jeff: doubtful.. too busy being .. uhm, busy political scientist and activist?

  7. ah finally someone who thinks farish is (quiet) hot.

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