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GILA: A JOURNEY THROUGH MOODS & MADNESS

The young man convinced he’s being tailed by spies; the mother helping her daughter overcome the voices in her head; the psychiatrist freeing his patients from the chains that bind them (literally); the woman who believes she can walk on water …

Here are the untold stories of the men and women living with mental illness in Malaysia, as well as those who love, care for, work with and fight for them. Filled with heart-wrenching personal stories, expert commentary, and helpful resources from patients, caregivers, psychologists, psychiatrists, volunteers and advocates, GILA offers a glimpse into a rarely seen or spoken-of world: the Malaysian mental health industry.

“This is a book that pulls no punches. Its provocative title immediately draws your attention to the complex and often challenging issues that face mental health service delivery in our country, and the author is bold, yet passionate in her approach … A fascinating and thought-provoking book.” – Dato’ Dr Andrew Mohanraj, Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council, Ministry of Health Malaysia

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PrintCHAMPION FELLAS
Features my short story The Tryouts, which won the inaugural DK Dutt Award for Literary Excellence.

This collection represents the best stories entered for the D.K. Dutt Award for Literary  Excellence in its inaugural year, and includes the winning piece by Hanna Alkaf, and by runners-up Marc de Faoite, Saras Manickam, and Tina Isaacs. There are also pieces by veteran sports writer Tony Mariadass and journalists Rehman Rashid and Lionel Yew.

Malaysian writers, both new and established, write about how sports bring out the best in us. There are stories about the personal growth that comes through overcoming enormous odds: a young man with cerebral palsy conquers the swimming pool; an aerobics enthusiast overcomes grinding poverty and the predictions of a fortune teller to make a career in sports; and a mother of two young sons overcomes the reluctance of a whole community to establish a ‘Football and Reading Club’ in the shade of a mighty tree.

But the darker side of the subject is also explored in these stories. A schoolboy faces bullying, and the culture of machismo on the football field; a national hero gets away with rape; and a golf course becomes the scene of a sniper attack when the man entrusted with the investigation of a national scandal turns up to play a round with his friends.

At every turn expectations are overturned: a young woman boxer wants to be seen as appealingly feminine; a childhood enthusiasm for ‘free’ football gives a Malaysian student the mental resources to steal a movie poster; and a man skilled in base jumping is haunted by the memory of a tragic death at every jump.

The book is a fitting memorial to a man who inspired so many others, both on the sports field and off.

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CHRONICLES OF KK
Features my short story, Hunted.

Chronicles of KK compiles 20 short stories and visual tales based on Kota Kinabalu (KK) – the capital city of Sabah and granite-fluid site of contemporary traditional myths about origins, love, sex, death, and hairstyles. This might be the first urban contemporary collection about this city but we hope it won’t be the last. Edited by award-winning playwright Ann Lee and featuring 20 writers.

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Little-basket-2017LITTLE BASKET 2017
Featuring my short story, Pantang.

Little Basket 2017: New Malaysian Writing is the second book of this planned annual anthology. It includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry as well as a comic and a photo-essay. It’s a tasty smorgasbord of what Malaysians are writing and thinking about while playing with our rich linguistic landscape. Food continues to be a strong metaphor, so tuck right in. As with the first volume, this book has a print run of 3,000 and won’t be reprinted.

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