The Malay Heritage Foundation

Book Publications

In order to optimise resources and potential collaboration with multi-agency stakeholders, MHF has embarked on two modalities of production for its publications. The first modality will be based on works commissioned to specific writers.  Two (2) key publications have been produced and published under this modality.

Malay Heritage of Singapore

The first publication entitled, “Malay Heritage of Singapore” was published in 2011. This book aims to provide a substantive account of major aspects of Malay life in Singapore, drawing upon a rich history and regional ethnic cultures that shaped the Malay community. Researched essays provide valuable insights into important moments in Malay history, while other chapters describe the rich cultural achievements of the Malays…. Read More >

Singapore Malays: Our Heritage and Legacy Series

The second set of commissioned works is a serial publication entitled, “Singapore Malays: Our History and Legacy”. It is hoped that the books produced under this series would also be used by upper secondary schools and above to enhance the younger generation’s awareness of the community. To encourage reflection and discussion, the book will also contain a list of references and bibliographies.  Illustrations, quotes and relevant pictures may be included to add variety to the written text format… Read More >

Narrating Presence: Awakening from Cultural Amnesia by Azhar Ibrahim


This book investigates and raises questions on the background and social-historical conditionings that had shaped and coloured Malay thinking and worldview, from the past to contemporary thought. The author had endeavoured to fathom the thinking and soul of the society concerned through its literary heritage and letters… Read More >


Potret Puisi Melayu Singapura (Portrait of Singapore Malay Poetry) by Isa Kamari, translated into English by Abdul Rahman


This book reflects the unity and direction of Singaporean Malay poetry. It displays the works of 44 poets, including established individuals and lesser known individuals. This allows us to witness the development of literature over time. While this book covers a wide area, Isa Kamari reminds us that it is not a mere anthology that claims perfection. The author’s interest is to draw up a portrait that is representative, based on his own research interests and reflections… Read More >


Faith, Authority and the Malays: The Ulama in Contemporary Singapore by Norshahril Saat


This book seeks to examine the various roles played by the Ulama in contemporary Singapore in the religious public sphere. It also accounts the ways the group shapes the religious life of the Malay/Muslim community here.  By setting the context to be post-1965 Singapore, this study mainly locates their influence in the various domains of public life, understands the social bases of their authority and power, and examines the contributions towards the various challenges in the context of modernization and social change… Read More >


Falsafah Pengkaryaan Melayu Singapura by Mohamed Pitchay Gani Mohamed Abdul Aziz


This book examines the thoughts of some literary heroes after the separation, namely Masuri S.N., Muhd Ariff Ahmad, Suratman Markasan, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed and Abdul Ghani Hamid. It is an effort to identify the motivation of Singaporean writers to produce works of great value in recording the history of the nation and the homeland, and to generate innovative ideas… Read More >


Kesusasteraan Melayu Singapura: Kumpulan Puisi Melayu (1930-2015) by Suratman Markasan


This book is complete with poems written by Singaporeans who first wrote in the pre-war era to the present. The poets are grouped into four: the Pre-World War, the ‘50s, during Pre-Independence, and Post-Independence. Suratman Markasan also incorporates his own methodology for using these poetry materials. The authors include surviving and deceased writers… Read More 


Heritage, Culture and Society: Critical Voices of Young Malays by Azhar Ibrahim Alwee & Norshahril Saat


We often hear the call for youth to be active in community projects, engagement and voluntary work. This call is commendable and necessary. But as a community, we need to be conscious that engagement and community involvement cannot be divorced from commitment and affiliation to discursive activities. The latter demands a good grasp of issues, challenges and potentialities…. Read More >

Nilawarisan: Budaya, Bahasa, Sastera & Seni Berlanggam by Azhar Ibrahim Alwee, dkk.


Delve into the rich tapestry of Malay heritage with Nilawarisan: Budaya, Bahasa, Sastera dan Seni Berlanggam, the latest addition to the esteemed Singapore Malay Heritage Series by the Malay Heritage Foundation (MHF). Edited by MHF Vice-Chairman, Dr. Azhar Ibrahim Alwee, this profound book offers a fresh lens on the Malay community’s cultural legacy through the eyes of young scholars hailing from Southeast Asia….. Read More >

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Other Forms of Support

MHF may also choose to support publication works/titles that are aligned with MHF’s objectives and fall within our focus areas.

Depending on the suitability of the project and proximity to its objectives, MHF’s support can come in following form:

  • Credit mention “Supported by Malay Heritage Foundation Ltd”
  • Linking partner organisation to the relevant funding agencies
  • Lending its name to apply for funding with the national agencies, on behalf of the partner organisation.

For example, in support of the effort to document the culinary heritage of the Malay community, Chairman, MHF, Mdm Zuraidah Abdullah, contributed a Foreword to Rita Zahara’s Singapore Heritage Cookbook: Malay Heritage Cooking.  Deputy Chairman, MHF, Dr Suriani Suratman will also be providing a Foreword for her second book due to be published in 2015. 

In 2019, MHF collaboration with Dr Mohamed Pitchay Gani Mohamed Abdul Aziz to publish his collection of research papers that have been presented at both local and overseas seminars.  These research and documentation provided the critical insight into the motivation and philosophies that had inspired many generations of Singapore Malay writers.  Published in conjunction with the commemoration of Singapore’s BiCentennial, this book has been nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize 2020.

Any other entitlements and forms of credit mention can be further discussed between the various stakeholders involved so as to reflect the collaborative effort involved in bringing the publication to fruition.

Open Call for Publication Proposal

Due to our multicultural environment and historical as well as cultural links to the wider Malay world (Nusantara), many of our cultural practices and art forms have also evolved in response to Singapore’s context. To date, there is not much writing or research to document these developments and growth.  As such, MHF is open to collaborate with writers on this documentation efforts.  The topics and areas of focus we are interested in are as follows:

  • Evolution and development of our cultural practices and the art form, especially our intangible cultural heritage;
  • Social history and cultural development of Malays in Singapore; and
  • Socio-economic life and the spirit of enterprise of the Malay community in Singapore.

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