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  • Annual Report and Accounts

Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society Persatuan Asia Diraja Bahagian Malaysia

Annual Report For the Period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009


Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj, Sultan Selangor, D.Y.T.M. Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah, and Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Annual General Meeting

The 128th Annual General Meeting was held on 28 June 2009 at Badan Warisan Malaysia, 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur. Y.Bhg. Tun Mohammed Hanif bin Omar, the President of the Society, presided at the meeting and 16 members of the Society were present.

Election of Members of the Council

The following members of the Society, having been nominated under Rule 21, were elected to the Council.

         Tun Mohammed Hanif bin Omar re-elected
         P.M. Dato Shariffuddin re-elected
         Dr Cheah Boon Kheng re-elected
         Tengku Mohd. Fauzi bin Tengku Abd. Hamid re-elected
         Prof. Dr. Tan Tai Yong re-elected
         Dato' Dr Mohd. Noordin Keling re-elected
         Miss Patricia Regis re-elected
         Datin Dr Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian re-elected
         Dato' R. R. Sethu re-elected
         Datin Noor Azlina Yunus re-elected
         Dr Badriyah bte Haji Salleh re-elected
         Dr Paul H. Kratoska elected
Hon. Secretary:
         Datuk Haji Burhanuddin bin Ahmad Tajudin re-elected (deceased 16 Sept 2009)
Hon. Treasurer:
         Dato' H. S. Barlow re-elected
Asst. Hon. Secretary:
         Mr Woo Kum Wah (Note 1) re-elected
Hon. Editor:
         Dr Cheah Boon Kheng re-elected
Hon. Review Editor:
         Dr. Neil Khor Jin Keong (Note 2) elected

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Gomez & Co. were re-appointed Auditors for the year 2009. Messrs Mazars, formerly Moores Rowland were re-appointed the Society's Accountants.

Note 1. Resigned on January 2010 on his employment in the Society's office.

Note 2. Dr. Neil Khor was appointed Honorary Secretary to succeed Datuk Haji Burhanuddin on 19 December 2009.

It is with greatest regret that we report the demise of Datuk Haji Burhanuddin. He had served with distinction on the Council of the society since 1993/1994 as Honorary Secretary. We extend our condolences to his family.

At the last AGM Datin Patricia Lim Pui Huen stood down from Council, having served as Honorary Review Editor and Vice-President since the early 1980s. We place on record our warmest appreciation to her for her long service.

Meetings of the Council

The Council met on four occasions during the year:

  1. a. On 28 March 2009 at Badan Warisan Malaysia, 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur

  2. b. On 20 June 2009 at Badan Warisan Malaysia, 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur

  3. c. On 29 September 2009 at the Asia Research Institute, Bukit Timah Campus, National University of Singapore

  4. d. On 19 December 2009 at Badan Warisan Malaysia, 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur

Government Subventions to MBRAS for the Year 2009

Malaysia (Kementerian Pelajaran) – RM20,000
Sabah – RM 2,500
Sarawak – RM 1,000
Singapore (S$1,600) – RM 3,673
Negara Brunei Darussalam – RM 3,000

Sales of Publications

The total sales of MBRAS publications during the period under review were as follows:

a)      Sales through the Society's office (1.1.2009 – 31.12.2009)
                  Monographs   78 copies
                  Reprints   88 copies
                  Journals (back issues) 134 copies
                  Sejarah Melayu (Trilogy)   26 sets
                  Other miscellaneous publications   14 copies
b)      Sales through the Society's Agent – IBS Buku, PJ (1.1.2009 – 31.12.2009)
                  Monographs 462 copies
                  Reprints 946 copies
                  Journals (back issues) 162 copies
                  Sejarah Melayu (Trilogy) 107 sets
                  Other miscellaneous publications     2 copies

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  1. a. Talk by Dato' Dr. Shaharil Talib entitled "An Imagined History: Reconstructing the Baru Puteh Judgement" at Badan Warisan Malaysia on 20 June 2009.

  2. b. Talk by Dr. Chua Ai Lin entitled "Our Modern Age: An Anglophone Asians and Popular Culture in 1930s Singapore" at the ARI Seminar Room, Bukit Timah Campus, National University of Singapore on 26 September 2009.


The number of new applications received and approved by the Council during the period of this report was 33. The total number of members of the Society on 31.12.2009 was 750.



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