Book featuring stories about Malay-Muslim organisations and pioneers launched

Mr Ibrahim Tahir edited the book, Hand To Heart, which documents the contributions of local Malay-Muslim organisations for the past 50 years.
Mr Ibrahim Tahir edited the book, Hand To Heart, which documents the contributions of local Malay-Muslim organisations for the past 50 years.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - A book chronicling the contributions of Malay-Muslim organisations has been launched, the first such book here.

The 248-page book, Hand To Heart, features stories about pioneers in the Malay-Muslim community such as Eunos Abdullah, Singapore's first Malay legislative councillor.

It also includes a directory of close to 200 local Malay-Muslim organisations in Singapore. 

The book was researched and edited by Mr Ibrahim Tahir, 42, founder of Muslim bookstore Wardah Books and grandson of Singapore's first Attorney-General, the late Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim.

It was written by former English teacher Anthony Green and published by Opus Media.


Hand To Heart is a book chronicling the contributions of Malay-Muslim organisations. BOOK COVER: OPUS MEDIA

The publisher received a grant from the National Heritage Board, and the main sponsors of the book are Muis, Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud and the Lee Foundation.

Mr Tahir said he pored over years of material from the national archives to produce the book. He also recounted how he had managed to interview the late Malay author and lecturer Muhammad Ariff Ahmad just months before he died in March 2016.

Present at the launch at the Malay Heritage Centre on Thursday (April 28) were guests such as Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim, former president S. R. Nathan, and Puan Noor Aishah, wife of the late Singapore president Yusof Ishak.

Speaking to media after the event, Dr Yaacob described the book as "a way for the younger generation to understand our history and legacy".

"I hope this book can inspire further research into the whys and the hows behind the emergence of social organisations," he added.

Hand To Heart will be available in major bookstores next week for $50.


Correction note: An earlier version of the story stated that Mr Ibrahim Tahir was the writer of the book Hand To Heart, and the book was launched by NHB, and sponsored by organisations including the NHB, Association of Muslim Professionals and Muis. 

These are incorrect. 

The book was written by former English teacher Anthony Green and published by Opus Media, with a grant from NHB and the main sponsors of the book are Muis, Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud and the Lee Foundation. Mr Ibrahim Tahir was the book's editor. 

We are sorry for the errors.