Chronicle Of Malaysia 1957-2007 To Be Launched In November
KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 (Bernama) - Editions Didier Millet, an international publishing company, is to publish “Chronicle of Malaysia 1957–2007,” a book containing 2,000 stories and 1,500 pictures covering the full sweep of Malaysia's history in the last half-century.
Didier Millet, the Paris-based publisher, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would launch the book on Nov 5, thus allowing it to include events related to the 50th anniversary celebrations of Merdeka on Aug 31, 2007.
He said the content for the book was being compiled by a team of editors and researchers sifting through more than 18,000 newspaper and magazine articles covering the period.
Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar, the former Inspector-General of Police, has been appointed chairman of the book's editorial committee while Philip Matthews, a former New Straits Times journalist and currently the Assistant Director-General of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia, is its editor-in-chief.
Millet said the book would comprise concise illustrated news stories covering all the nation's key social, political and cultural events.
Renowned cartoonist Lat has been commissioned to produce several cartoons for the book, which will have an average of eight pages devoted to each year of Malaysia's 50-year history.
Millet said the book would be a compendium of all aspects of Malaysian life and aimed to capture the mood of the day with a sense of vividness and immediacy.
The book, he said, also aimed to create a sense of nostalgia among older readers while containing revelations for a younger audience.