Ooi Kee Beng

Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng is a Senior Fellow of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. He is also the Executive Director of the Penang Institute, before which, he was the Deputy Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies for five years. He is the founder-editor of Penang Monthly and ISSUES (Penang Institute) and ISEAS Perspective and Trends in Southeast Asia (ISEAS). He writes regularly for The Edge Malaysia, and other periodicals in the region. His The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time (ISEAS 2007), won the “Award of Excellence for Best writing published in book form on any aspect of Asia (non-fiction)” at the Asian Publishing Convention Awards 2008. The book was turned into a musical by the Kuala Lumpur Performance Arts Centre, titled “Ismail: The Last Days”, performed in August 2008 at KLPAC. It won seven theatre awards in 2009.