The Keruak Clan:
Portrait Of A Bajau Patriot
By The Keruak Clan
ISBN No. 983-41858-0-4
Published by Jeng Printedmater Editions (2004)
Price: S$45 (plus $3 postage)
A mix of oral history and coffee-table hardcover, The Keruak Clan: Portrait Of A Bajau Patriot is a new book about a leader from Sabah (in East Malaysia) who was not only the head of state but one of the state's governors as well.
The central figure in the book is Tun Mohamad Said Keruak, who was the head of state (Yang Di-Pertua Negeri) of Sabah (in East Malaysia) from 1987 to 1994 and later one of the Governors of Sabah. The other person highlighted in the coffee-table book is Tun Mohamad Said's son, Salleh Said Keruak, who was Chief Minister of the state from 1994-1996.
The book is divided into the following sections: The History Of Sabah; The People And Culture Of Sabah; The Bajau Of Kota Belud And The Keruak Clan; timelines of Tun Haji Mohamad Said Keruak and Datuk Haji Salleh Said Keruak respectively and a chronology of Leaders Of Sabah.
As the book clearly shows, The Keruak Clan comes across best as a form of oral history. Even the black-and-white pictures that adorn the book shares that feeling - many of the pictures are from family albums, either taken at family gatherings or specially-posed family photos.
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