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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"Rawa is the name of the island and its waters. Rawa is the wind. It is also the name he has lived with for seventy years. He is Rawa, in name and essence.
He's now returning to the land, to the waters. He is coming back to the winds after more than thirty years"

RAWA is the story of the Orang Seletar (an indegenous people of Singapore who lived in boats) that spans three g
Paperback, 172 pages
Published 2013 by Silverfish Books (first published 2009)
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Rozy Latip
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malay-novel

Rawa adalah orang seletar yang menghabiskan hidupnya di sungai dan hutan. Akibat pembangunan di Singapura menyebabkan Rawa terpaksa berpindah dari sungai Seletar ke Kg Bakar Batu, Johor Bahru. Dia lebih mempercayai firasat hati yang dikemudi oleh alam. Namun begitu kemodenan telah mengajarnya bahawa firasat dan pemikiran rasional blh berjalan seiring menjadikan seorang itu lebih cekal, berdikari di samping dapat menjaga kemaslahatan masyarakat. Apa yang membimbangkan Rawa kemodenan telah membuat
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An heartfelt read about Rawa, an Orang Seletar (an indigenous nomadic boat people native to Singapore), and the changes his people experienced from the 40s to 90s. Overall it's a story about the Orang Seletar losing their way of life - forced to leave their houseboats to settle on land, then forced to keep up with the demands and ambitions of land living, or be left behind. We see Rawa's memories (through the positive haze of nostalgia) of living a free life on his houseboat, untethered to speci ...more
Nurhafizah Azimat
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is good!!
Aug 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
I started reading this, because the cover promised a story about the orang seletar, an ethnic group living as sea nomads in the straits of what is now Singapore. That sounded like a wonderful and unusual subject. While the story of Rawa, the main character, isn't written in the most literary prose, the story was interesting enough to keep me going until half-way in the book. At that point, the author starts with some political exposé literally out of nowhere. That was so off-putting, I put the b ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Felt like I needed to rush through the book because I could not stand the political links that author made in the middle of the story and eventually carried out through the ending.
If there is one good thing about the book, I must say that he made me interested in the lives of orang laut and their existence in Singapore back then.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel as if I need to read this in Malay with a dictionary in hand as the translation is just atrocious. It made reading it quite difficult.
I haven't read this Malay Singaporean author before and I am not sure if he intends to be an apologist for the government, justifying the better lives of Singaporean Malays today.
Riesna Zasly
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
perjalanan karya yang dihalusi dengan butiran persekitaran yang rinci mengikut tingkat zaman, amat mengagumkan.. watak dijiwai dengan hidup sekali
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
seronak dapat tahu tentang orang seletar dan pau kajang. Kisah sejarah diceritakan dalam suasana harmoni. Keluarga bahagia tauladan ibu bapa.
Ciung Winara
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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