Malaysia, Modernity, and the Multimedia Super Corridor: A Critical Geography of Intelligent Landscapes

Malaysia, Modernity, and the Multimedia Super Corridor: A Critical Geography of Intelligent Landscapes

Malaysia, Modernity, and the Multimedia Super Corridor: A Critical Geography of Intelligent Landscapes

Malaysia, Modernity, and the Multimedia Super Corridor: A Critical Geography of Intelligent Landscapes

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I have been fortunate to receive help and support from many people at each step along the protracted route to completing this book. In Nottingham, where it 'all started' in 1995, I remain grateful to Chris Abel, Louise Crewe, Denis Linehan, David Phillips, Adam Swain, Charles Watkins and two generations of 'A28ers'. I have even bigger academic debts in the School of Geography, however-to Dave Matless and Steve Daniels-whose wonderful combined supervision I now appreciate all the more as I attempt to advise students myself. The way forward from doctoral research and writing was in part illuminated by helpful comments from two anonymous referees and the examiner's recommendations of John Allen.

I am grateful to the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister's Department of Malaysia for eventually granting me permission to carry out fieldwork in 1997. My time in and around Kuala Lumpur would have been much less productive in the absence of advice from Lee Boon Thong, Jamilah Mohamad, Tan Wan Hin and other friends at Universiti Malaya's Department of Geography. Financial assistance from the Dudley Stamp Memorial Fund for fieldwork in Malaysia is gratefully acknowledged. The 'field' has been an even more inviting place more recently thanks to Bram, Emily and not-so-little Arthur Tan. Much more difficult is a long overdue expression of appreciation to Huey Yap for lots of stuff for which I never could find the words…

The National University of Singapore has been (and remains) a wonderful place to geo-graph. Those colleagues, past and present, who have helped to shape what follows in this book-but who, of course, are not to blame for it-include Paul Barter, T.C. Chang, Neil Coe, Kris Olds, James Sidaway, Brenda Yeoh and Henry Yeung. NUS research projects have provided me with the benefit of collaborative insights from outside 'Geography' (Andrew Hardy and S.M.A.K. Fakhri) and even from beyond Singapore (Morshidi Sirat). In a rather different collaboration, Alice Nah is my sternest but favourite critic. Phil Kelly and Lily Kong kindly encouraged me to work towards publication, but I am equally thankful to Lisa Law and Victor Savage for giving me the confidence needed for completion.

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