The Larut Wars: Long Jaafar, Ghee Hin And Hai San by Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Khoo Kay Kim

Speaker : Prof. Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Khoo Kay Kim
Date : Monday, 16 January 2012
Time: 7:45 p.m.
Venue: New Club, Taiping, Perak
Cost: RM25 per person (inclusive of dinner)

About the talk:

The talk is about the beginnings of modern history in Perak. It covers the conflicts amongst local ruling chiefsm, secret society wars between rival gangs for control of the tin mines and intrigues of British imperialists. It provides the setting before the growth and development of Taiping, the town of
“Everlasting Peace”.

About the speaker:

A Fellow of Perak Academy, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Khoo Kay Kim is a distinguished historian who has written extensively on the colonial and post-colonial periods of Malaysian history. His published works include “Western Malay States, 1850 – 1873: Effects of Commercial Development on Malay Politics”, “A History of South East, South and East Asia”, “Malay Society: Transformation and Democratisation”, “Kuala Lumpur: The Formative Years”, “Malaysia’s Foreign Policy, 1957 – 1997” and “Malaysia in the 20th
Century”. His books in Bahasa Malaysia include “Masalah Sosial dan Politik di Malaysia” and “Sejarah Masyarakat Melayu Moden”.
Born in Kampar, Perak, Professor Tan Sri Dr Khoo had his primary education at the Anglo- Chinese School in Teluk Intan and his secondary education at St Michael’s Institution, Ipoh. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Malaya in Singapore in 1960, a Master’s degree in 1967, and a PhD in 1974 from the University of Malaya. His doctoral thesis was entitled “The Beginnings of Political Extremism in Malaya, 1915 – 1935”.
He was appointed Head of the History Department of the University of Malaya and subsequently Dean of the Arts Faculty. In 1975, he was appointed to the Chair of Malaysian History. He was appointed Chancellor of KDU University College in January 2011. Professor Tan Sri Dr Khoo is one of the co-authors of the “Rukunegara” and has served with various national committees on education, national unity, culture, literature and sports.