A Book about the People (8 Mar 2019)

No-nonsense writer Kee Thuan Chye will be in Ipoh on Friday, March 8 to talk about his new book, The People’s Victory.

The event should be all the more significant as it would also commemorate the 11th anniversary of the watershed 12th general election of March 8, 2008, which arguably marked the beginning for a change of the Malaysian political landscape.

Kee will be speaking at the Royal Ipoh Club commencing at 5pm, as the guest of the Perak Academy, the organiser of the talk.

The People’s Victory is the first book published that gives an account of the dramatic struggle by Malaysians, against all odds, to topple the corrupt Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

The narrative begins from the time of the 13th General Elections in 2013 and builds up to the climax of the 14th General Elections on May 9, 2018. From despair to hope to euphoria.

It’s about ordinary Malaysians, as well as the political bigwigs, engaged in the battle for Putrajaya. It pays tribute to all those who have stood up against the repressive BN regime, those who fought on despite having to face persecution – brave hearts like cartoonist Zunar, activist Maria Chin Abdullah, Major Zaidi, graphic artist Fahmi Reza, founders of Malaysiakini Steven Gan and Premesh Chandran etc.

Thoroughly researched, the book tells a story of intrigues, of twists and turns, of guts and sweat and tears. It is an important document of a historical phenomenon, a true victory of the people.

The book became a bestseller within two weeks of its release.

Kee has written ten political books since 2008. The first one, which documented the watershed general election of that year, was called March 8: The Day Malaysia Woke Up. It was also translated into Chinese.

Other significant titles following that include, Can We Save Malaysia, Please!, Unbelievably Stupid and You Want This GOONvernment Ah?

But his most popular book has been No More Bullshit, Please, We’re All Malaysians, which turned out to be a huge seller. It was also translated into Malay titled, Jangan Kelentong Lagi, Kami Semua Orang Malaysia.

Before he started writing political books, Kee was a full-time journalist for more than 30 years until he retired in 2009. Apart from that, he is a playwright, actor and voice talent.

To promote his book The People’s Victory, Kee has made numerous appearances in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. His appearance on March 8 will be his first in Ipoh.

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