The Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia co-hosted the highly-anticipated launch of "Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years" on Malaysia Day, Monday, September 16, together with the publisher Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD). Open to the public, the launch was held at the Bar Council auditorium in Kuala Lumpur.
Besides an insightful speech by Mahadev Shankar, a former Appellate Court judge and founding member of Suhakam, noted academics and political analysts Bridget Welsh and James Chin also discussed the book and the wider ramifications of the Abdullah Badawi years. They were joined on the panel by former law minister Zaid Ibrahim and Jason Tan, former Off the Edge editor. The panel was moderated by FCCM executive committee member Shannon Teoh.
The book is a compilation of essays by more than 30 authors, including Abdullah himself, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Zaid Ibrahim and Mohamed Khir Toyo, which seeks to shed light on the premiership of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi from 2003 to 2009.