Hanafi Hussin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. He holds the MA in Southeast Asian Studies with a research topic "Philippine Political Theatre During Marcos Regime," and he received his Ph.D. in Performing Arts Studies on "Rice Farming Ritual of Kadazan of Sabah" from the Academy of Malay Studies, University of Malaya. His main focus of research in the anthropology of Southeast Asia particularly on ritual and performing arts. He actively researches and publishes on ritual and identity of Kadazandusun Penampang and Lotud Dusun community of Tuaran in the state of Sabah. He also researched ritual and performing arts of the maritime communities of Southeast Asia mainly Bajau and Bajau Laut/Sama Dilaut of the east coast of Borneo and Southern Philippines. He served as Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1st July 2016 until 2nd December 2018, Deputy Dean (Undergraduate Studies), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya from 1st September 2014 until 20th June 2016. Currently, he serves as Head of Maritime Community, Law, Policy and Governance Unit, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya and Head of Migration Research Centre, University of Malaya. He can be reached at

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Ling Tek Soon is a senior lecturer at the Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya. Apart from teaching, he is currently working on a UMRG project in University of Malaya, entitle “Abode of Dead, Depository of Knowledge and Contested Realm: A Study of Chinese Cemeteries in Malaysia”. Ling Tek Soon received his BA (Chinese Studies) and MA (East Asian Studies) from University of Malaya in 1997 and 2002.His thesis was titled “The Fundamental Ideologies of Deng Xiao Ping Conceming Reformation and Renewal since 1978" (Idea-idea Asas Deng Xiaoping terhadap Dasar Reformasi danPembukaan sejak tahun 1978). He was a tutor in the East Asian Studies Department, University of Malaya from 1998 to 2000 while working jointly as a n executive editor in The "Rosa Sintesis" Journal published by Centre of Malaysian Chinese Studies. In year 2001, he worked as a Mandarin Lecturer in UiTM, Pahang. Subsequently, he went on to pursue a Ph.D at Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2007. He received a doctorate degree in 2011 with a thesis titled “The Political Idea of Yangdu”. In the same year, he was appointed as a lecturer in Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya.

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Dr Tan Boon Chin is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture (CEBAR), at University of Malaya (UM). He completed his BSc in Biotechnology at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and a PhD in Plant Biotechnology at the University of Nottingham. Dr Tan was employed by UM as a postdoctoral research fellow before took up the role of senior lecturer. He received several awards, including Royal Society-Newton Advanced Fellowship (2017) (More info: and, Travel Award for the Asia Pacific Biosafety Association Conference from the United States Department of State Biosecurity Engagement Program (2017) and Alltech Young Scientist Award 2012/13. Dr Tan is currently an Honorary Secretary for the Malaysian Agricultural Proteomics Society (MAPS), council member for the Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MSMBB) and Asia Oceania Agricultural Proteomics Organization (AOAPO) and eLife Community Ambassador. His interests span the fields of plant molecular biology and biochemistry. The focus of his current research is to combine proteomics and molecular approaches to understanding the regulatory mechanism of transcription factors in drought-stressed crops. His research interests fall into two main areas: firstly, the identification of transcription factor genes from drought-stressed crops, and secondly, the functional analysis of the identified transcription factors. Dr Tan also interested to analyse and enhance the production of some useful plant secondary metabolites via metabolic engineering.

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