Monday, December 15, 2008

Book Review : No Intention to Kill : A True Story By T. Vijayandran

No Intention to Kill : A True Story by T. Vijayandran was officially launched on Sunday, 1st June, 2008 in Petaling Jaya by YB Karpal Singh, Advocate and Solicitor, Member of Parliament Malaysia. I had the privilege of attending the launch as an old friend of the author and to witness and share in Vijayandran’s joyous achievement of completing the task of writing the book within 3 months, as mentioned at the launch and seeing its fruition.

This is an easy book to read, even though it is set in legal intricacies, simply because it is based on a true case handled by T. Vijayandran. His role as the defense lawyer in the case has made the narrative very personal and interesting and the story teller side of the author is evident in his style.

The book is about HerlinaTrisnawati, a young 18 year old Indonesian woman from Surabaya, who seeks employment in Malaysia as a domestic maid. She arrives in Malaysia with great hope of finding a good employer and a dream for a better future. Fate however deals a cruel hand when she finds herself subject to reprimands. Within three months of her arrival in Malaysia, her dreams were shattered by an act beyond her control, the darkest hour of her life, that is the unpremeditated murder of her employer.

As her defense lawyer, the author takes you through what transpires behind the court scenes, the anguish and trauma of the accused who finds herself at the mercy of a judicial system totally alien to her. We also see the compassion and emotional attachment that springs from the whole 7 year legal battle and the spiritual side of human interactions throughout the book.

This would be especially good reading for law students who will benefit from it as the book can provide a real life guide on the legal maneuvers taken by a defense lawyer to save the life of a client from the gallows. Law students may also look forward to meeting with the author at a guest author session planned for in the month of January 2008.

The book also provides some highly humorous anecdotes, true to the character of the author and I recall a good chuckle at the author’s narration of his visit to the morgue, in his search of a forensic expert. For more on the book and the author, check out The book is currently available at Tan Sri Loy Hean Heong Library, Main Campus, Call No. 345.595 VIJ

About the author:
T. Vijayandran is a lawyer by profession and has been in private practice since 1990. This is Vijayandran’s first attempt at writing a book and for that he has received praise for his work from the Malaysian legal fraternity. He was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, attended primary and secondary school at the Bukit Bintang Boys School, went on to graduate in Sociology from the University of Science in Penang and landed his first job as Superintendent of Customs at the Royal Malaysian Customs and Excise Department, where he learnt how to prosecute cases related to smuggling offences. He then proceeded to read law at the University of Buckingham, UK.

Reviewed by Sossamma George, Tan Sri Loy Hean Heong Library, Main Campus.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Smiling Moon

The smiling moon appeared on the night of December 1st 2008. The phenomenon happens every 48 years. The planet Jupiter and Venus and a crescent moon formed a smiley face that night, with the planets forming the eyes and the moon forming the mouth. Venus and Jupiter have appeared side by side in the evening sky over the last week or so and on December 1st, the ’face’ appeared.

Some people say Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon come together to send a message of happiness to Earth. In the United States however, the effect will be inverted and will appear as a frown.

You can watch the image at YouTube by clicking this link,

Favourite Library Staff 2008

Here are the winners for the Favourite Library Staff Polls. We have 25 winners in the respective categories.

CategoryMain Campus LibrarySubang Square LibraryLeisure Commerce Square Library

The funniest




The most helpful




The quietest




The most hardworking


Chon Ling

Suan Kui

The best dressed




The most serious




The best smile


Yan Ping


The most creative



Suan Kui

Monday, December 1, 2008

Book Review - The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

According to the writer Jorge Luis Borges, the meaning of ‘zahir’ comes from Islamic tradition and is thought to have arisen at some point in the eighteenth century. ‘Zahir’ in Arabic means visible, present, incapable of going unnoticed. It is someone or something which, once we have come into contact with them or it, gradually occupies our every thought, until we can think of nothing else. This can be considered either a state of hollowness or of madness.

This story is about love, losing and passionate obsession. It is about the famous writer searching for his wife, Esther, a war correspondent who just returned from Iraq. Esther has left him for no apparent reason. The police began their investigation and various theories was put forward such as kidnapping or she left his husband for another man or she was simply bored with the marriage. Before his wife goes missing, the writer and his wife went on a pilgrimage in Santiago. Esther was his backbone as a writer. During the journey to Santiago, Esther helped his husband to discover what he really wants to be, a musician or a writer.

Their life is happy but one day the husband lover Marie came forward with a true alibi. The husband also seek out Mikhail, Esther lover who lives in Kazakhstan. Esther always mention to her husband about Mikhail, saying that he is very important to her life.

Then the writer decided to find her wife and the truth of his own life. He went all around the world from South America to Spain, France, Croatia and eventually arrived at the bleakly beautiful landscape of Central Asia. From one country to other country he started to understand the nature of love and the power of destiny.

Whether he found his wife or not, the reader has to read this book because at the end of the story, the readers are able to feel the various meaning of love and life. A brilliant thought that quotes that meaning is “Things which are important in our life never go away from us. All those things that went away from us are the ones that only we thought were important, but were actually not.”

This book is available at all Taylor’s libraries and the call number is F COE.

About the Author:
Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read authors in the world today. Renowned for his best-loved work, The Alchemist, he has sold more than 56 million books worldwide and his work have been translated into 56 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France`s Legion d`Honneur, Paulo Coelho is a writer to inspire nations. He was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letter in 2002.

Reviewed by Assistant Librarian, Nur Azura Tajudin

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Very Warm Welcome to Pairin!

The library would like to give a very warm welcome to our latest member, Pairin David Tingan. He joined us as Library Assistant at Tan Sri Loy Hean Heong Library II, Subang Square on 2nd September2008. Born on 21st August, Pairin hails from Tuaran, Sabah.

After being here for a little more than a month, this is what Pairan has to say, “I would like to thank Mr. Jaspal for giving me the opportunity to be part of the team here in Subang Square library. My thanks also go to all the library staff for their assistance. I enjoy the working environment here and I hope I can develop my knowledge and skills.”

Indeed, we hope Pairin will enjoy working with us and contribute to the progress of the library.

Book Review - A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Rating :
A Gathering Light is about a girl named Mathilda Gokey or Mattie, 16, who lived with her father and three younger sisters in Adirondack, northern New York in 1906. The sub plot of this novel is an actual infamous murder of a young girl named Grace Brown, who had passed Mattie some of her personal letters with the instruction to burn them. When Grace is found murdered, Mattie reads about Grace through her letters. The life of Grace and Mattie became entangled in the story and the letters affect Mattie’s decisions on what she wants to do in her life.

After the death of her mother, Mattie has to bear the responsibility of the household, as well as help her father on the family farm. Despite the hard life and never ending tasks that had to be done, Mattie excels in school, especially in English. She has talent in writing and dreams to be a writer. She receives enormous support from her teacher, Ms Wilcox and her best friend, Weaver, an African American boy, who like Mattie, outshines academically and receives a scholarship for college.

In the middle of the novel, Mattie receives a marriage proposal from her neighbor and childhood friend, Royal Loomis, who also happens to be the best looking boy in town. Although excited and prepared to live a contented farm life, Mattie was unable to let go of her dream to go to a college in New York and eventually become a writer. A Gathering Light portrays this very heartfelt experience of a young girl through these decisions. It is a genuine story that contains many emotions. It tells about love, sacrifices, kindness, friendship and family values. At the same time, it also illustrates the ugly side of human nature as violence and racism is seen when Weaver was violently abused physically by white men and his house burnt down.

At the end of the story, much to my relief, Mattie decides to run away in the middle of the night to pursue her dream. A Gathering Light is a story that touches your heart. It inspires us to follow our heart and live our dreams, no matter how hard that may be.

A Gathering Light won the Carnegie Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Borders Original Voices Award, and was named a Printz Honor book. Described as “rich and true” by The New York Times, the book was nominated to the Best Book lists of The Times (London), The Irish Times, The Financial Times, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and the School Library Journal. This very good read is available at Tan Sri Loy Hean Heong Library, Main Campus. Call No: F Don

About the author:
A Gathering Light is a novel written by Jennifer Donnelly. She has written three novels, namely A Gathering Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She grew up in New York State and attended the University of Rochester. At present, Jennifer lives in Tivoli, New York.

Reviewed by Librarian, Irma Indayu Omar

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Library Website is Finally Up!!

The new library website is finally up! In keeping up with the trends of libraries globally, we feel the need to build a new and dynamic website that has more interesting features and at the same time, simple to use. The new website is comprehensive where we try to put in as much information possible to assist our users.

We arranged the content according to categories to facilitate easy access to information.
From the main page, we can see there are five categories – Library Resources, Information Skills, Library Services, How To, About The Library plus an Ask & Tell Us section.

We have compiled information about the library resources or collections In Library Resources. Here, you can check out our online databases, electronic journals and more.

Learn how to be information literate by surfing our Information Skill section. Here, we have put online tutorials on how to search the library catalogs, how to do proper citation and links to other website that will explain to you how to evaluate websites.

Anything you need to know about our services? Go to Library Services. You will get to know about borrowing service, reference service, intra-library loan and more.

How To will tell you how to go about using the library resources and facilities, like how to renew your book online and how to find a book you need. These are explained step-by-step to ensure your comprehension.

About the Library is the introduction of the library. So, you will be able to know the opening hours, rules, collections, facilities and floor plans of our libraries.

Ask & Tell Us focus on you as the user. Here, you can select a link you need. All the links here connect the user to the library, hence we are making ourselves available to you for any assistance you might need. You can chat with us when you click at Ask A Librarian.

The previously hidden My Account is now presented clearly in the main page, at the top right hand corner. This also emphasizes our service-oriented philosophy.

The Quick Search box is still available in the new main page, just as it was previously, however the design and layout are more prominent. Now, you can also search Google Scholar!

Last but not least, we created this blog so that students as well as staff have an avenue to interact with us. We are looking forward to receive your ideas, suggestions and feedbacks!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Newly Subcribed Databases

Please be informed that the Library has subscribed to Malaysiakini and Safari Tech Books Online. offers between 20 to 30 items of news, opinions, editorials, features and letters a day. Since its launch, the website become the leading source of independent news and views on Malaysia. It currently attracts over 50,000 visits a day and over three million page views a month.
To access:
· Go to Taylor’s Libraries:
· Go to Library Resources > Online Databases.
· Click at Malaysiakini. **Click at the IP button to login.

Safari Tech Books Online is an online computing books, it offers a valuable collection of reference content from O'Reilly Media, Pearson Technology Group and many other IT publishers.
To access:
· Go to Taylor’s Libraries:
· Go to Library Resources > Online Databases.
· Click at Safari Tech Books Online

Do you know how to use the Self Check Machine to Borrow and Renew books?