5 July 2017:Now available at all major bookstores As Merdeka Day approaches on 31 August, Malaysia looks to celebrate the 60th anniversary of independence. To that end, an anthology celebrating the life and wisdom of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s very first Prime Minister has been released. Titled ‘Dialog: Thoughts On Tunku’s Timeless Thinking,’ the book compiles 23 essays by celebrities, actors, political figures and Malaysians from all walks of life, opening the avenue for a more intimate, yet enlightening conversation on the beloved PM. Accompanying each essay are illustrations by The One Academy Graphic Design students, which were added to allow for easier understanding for younger readers.
Some of the illustrations by The One Academy students as published in Dialog: Thoughts On Tunku’s Timeless Thinking
More illustrations from Dialog: Thoughts On Tunku’s Timeless Thinking
“By inviting art students from The One Academy to fill the pages with colourful illustrations, we are hoping that a younger generation also stays in touch with the vision and ideals of ‘Bapa Malaysia,’ said M&C Saatchi Malaysia CEO Datin Sharifah Menyalara Hussein, who also happens to be Tunku Abdul’s granddaughter. One illustration from the book shows the then Minister of Finance, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah worriedly looking at his wristwatch while waiting for Tunku to arrive for a meeting. Tunku stands in front of his second-hand broken-down car, and when Tengku offers to replace it for a new one, Tunku tells him he does not want to ‘waste public money.’ More than just the leader who brought Malaysia together, Tunku was known for his humility and compassion. Other book contributors include Member of Parliament Zairil Khir Johari, wife of former prime minister Tun Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, comedian Harith Iskander, rapper Altimet, former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam, and football legends Datuk Santokh Singh and Datuk Soh Chin Aun, who all provide valuable insight into Tunku’s life and legacy.