For the past few years, I've been working as a researcher and fact checker on a series of documentaries about Malaysia's political history, told through forgotten stories and personal perspectives. They are produced by Rack Focus Films in Kuala Lumpur and have been broadcast on History Asia and National Geographic Asia.
Journey to Independence, 1941-1957: Part I (preview)
Journey to Independence, 1941-1957: Part II (preview)
This two-part episode tells the story of how Tunku Abdul Rahman and a band of patriots managed to strike delicate political compromises to unite Malaya's many different races in their fight for Malaya's independence from the British Empire after the Second World War. Broadcast on History Asia.
Formation of Malaysia, 1957-1965: Part I (full film)
Formation of Malaysia, 1957-1965: Part II (full film)
This subsequent two-part episode tells the story of how Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak merged into a federation called Malaysia in 1963, due in large part to the pressures of the Cold War, and how Singapore ultimately separated from the federation in 1965. Broadcast on History Asia.
The Undeclared War, 1961-1963
When Malaysia's founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman announced a proposal for the merging of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei to form a federation called Malaysia in 1961, he was greeted with vociferous objections from Indonesia. This episode tells the story of how Malaysia came to be despite Sukarno's "Konfrontasi" and "Crush Malaysia" campaign.
Broadcast on National Geographic Asia.