Near Eastern and Semitic Studies Information Archive

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I would like to take the opportunity to announce the launch of the Near Eastern and Semitic Studies Information Archive (NESSIA), a digital library which aims to provide a collection of documents, books and images that are related to the Near East as well as Semitic studies. Our goal is to position ourselves as a useful resource for students, academicians as well as the average person interested in these subjects to visit our site and use our collection as a source for their references. Continue reading

Malayan General Elections 1955 campaign video

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The Prime Minister of Malaysia has announced the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat this morning, hence paving the way for our 13th general elections which will most likely be held within the month. Sentiments on the ground are blowing away from the current ruling coalition but since this is a history blog, I will not go into that.

The above is a campaign video of the first Malayan general elections in 1955, urging Malayans to go out and vote in the country’s first general elections to elect members of the Federal Legislative Council. At the time, Malaya had not achieved her independence yet — which was declared only in 1957, two years later. Our society has gone a long way since then. Most likely that if such a campaign video were to be played now on our television stations, it will elicit more giggles than succeed in urging anyone to go out and vote.