A SUCCESSION OF DESTINIES:
MY LIFE, IN STORIES
Y.A.M Tunku Naquiyuddin Ibni Tuanku Ja'afar, 2018
As one of the more recognisable members of Malaysian royalty, Tunku Naquiyuddin has carved a name for himself outside the monarchy through his businesses, education initiatives and philanthropic activities. In conjunction with his 70th birthday in 2017, Tunku approached the team at Salt to help him produce his memoirs.
Through interview sessions, we got to know the Tunku's affable and gentlemanly ways and guided him to document his memories of his life and upbringing, both within and outside the royal institution.
It was during the year we spent with him recording his stories that he ingrained in us his overarching philosophy of life: that each person has the power to shape his or her own destiny.
A DRIVER'S SON
Tan Sri Shamsuddin Abdul Kadir, 2017
Best known as the founder of Sapura Holdings, a telecommunications company which later diversified into many other areas, Tan Sri Shamsuddin has lived a remarkable life starting from humble beginnings as a driver's son.
In his book, he recollects his carefree days growing up, the hardships of the Japanese Occupation--which inspired his spirit of innovation, his leap into entrepreneurship and the growth of Sapura over the years. We were inspired in turns by his humility, generosity and most of all his integrity.
A Driver's Son documents more than just a legacy of business; it is also a story of family, humility, loss, gratitude and one man's richness of spirit.
MY NAME IS HASMAH
Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, 2016
As one of Malaysia’s most beloved public figures, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali had always been widely covered in the media, but it was only as she approached her 90th year that she felt ready to share her story in her own words.
We were thrilled to be able to work alongside Tun Dr Hasmah to shape the material into six parts, reflecting her roles as daughter, doctor, wife, mother, Prime Minister’s wife and so-called retiree. The resulting stories, along with more than 200 photos and illustrations, form a unique memoir from a woman known for her warmth, humility, humour and grace.
“My Name Is Hasmah is a disarmingly accessible and easy read with its many funny anecdotes. Ultimately, it is a testimonial to a life devoted to the enduring values of love, commitment and service. It’s the narrative of a steady and measured woman who has held her own as partner to a formidable personality, juggled her many demanding roles and retained her doctor’s sensibilities to this day.” – The Star
UNCLE BOON REMEMBERS:
A PIONEER MALAYSIAN PLANTER
Malaysian Estate Owners’ Association, 2016
This book about the life of Datuk Boon Weng Siew gave us the chance to meet and interview, as well as honour and celebrate, one of the most influential figures in the plantation industry.
Not surprisingly, the story of Uncle Boon, as he is affectionately known, is also the story of Malaya and Malaysia, and of the many individuals—estate workers, staff, managers, small growers, researchers and estate owners—who helped to make the plantation industry what it is today. Holding together the multiple interweaving threads in this tapestry are the fascinating and vivid recollections of Uncle Boon himself.
DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE:
THE MEMOIRS OF TUN DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD
TUN DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD, 2011
A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was one of the first projects we embarked on. Research and editing of the book took five years and allowed us the honour of working with the then former Prime Minister, who has since been reinstated as the country's seventh Prime Minister.
The book reached the stores in 2011 and won the Bestselling Book Award 2011 at the National Book Awards 2012, and remains a bestseller. It has since been translated into Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and many other languages including Japanese and Russian.