Friday, August 18, 2023

Dr Tim Huxley read Pukul Habis and had this to say...

Kind words for Pukul Habis, my first fictional war story, from Dr Tim Huxley, for which I am deeply appreciative. Singapore Armed Forces watchers would know Dr Huxley for his book, Defending the Lion City: The Armed Forces of Singapore, which set the benchmark for books on the Singapore Armed Forces. He is one of the leading lights in Asia-Pacific security. His discussion of the Mersing Line in the 1991 essay, Singapore and Malaysia: A Precarious Balance, kickstarted my own journey of discovery.

Dr Huxley told me a few months ago he was reviewing the book for an academic journal. Am delighted, humbled and hugely relieved to read Dr Huxley's review in Contemporary Southeast Asia Volume 45 Number 2, just released by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

If you are in Malaysia, get the book from Books Kinokuniya's store at Suria KLCC. Kino will also mail it to any location in Malaysia. Please click here for details.

Books Kinokuniya Singapore has stocked Pukul Habis (ISBN 9789811861499). Please visit its main store in Ngee Ann City or Bugis Junction, or check the Kinokuniya online store here.

For readers elsewhere, please check the Amazon sites that serve your location. "Look Inside" function on some sites shows sample pages.



United Kingdom: Look Inside

USA: Look Inside. When ordering from Singapore, please click on the "Shipping to Singapore?" button. Ignore the "Temporarily out of stock" notice on the page.

Related posts:
Writing about Malay royalty in Pukul Habis. Click here
Special video on the 35th Battalion, Singapore Combat Engineers. Click here 
First book signing at Kino Singapore. Click here
Why Pukul Habis was not written from a Singaporean perspective. Click here
Pukul Habis: Author's Note. Click here
Pukul Habis: Full text of Prologue. Click here
Why does the English language novel, Pukul Habis, have a Malay title? Click here

Saturday, August 12, 2023

National Day Parade (NDP) not always like clockwork


By now, many of you would have seen the glitch during the National Day Parade 2023 as Singapore President Halimah Yacob prepared to review the Guard-of-Honour. 

Here's my commentary on NDP (Straits Times 28 August 2008). Nothing to add and the sense that "No plan survives first contact" should be familiar to readers who finished the war story, Pukul Habis, and reflected on its deeper messages.