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Questions 1-6 are based on the following passage.

1 Philosophical books which espouse theories on feudalism and colonialism appeal to Datuk
Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin. He takes to books such as Capitalism and Modern Social Theory by
Anthony Giddens like a duck to water. Such heavy reading that puts simple-minded individuals like
me to sleep faster than any sleeping pill is enlightenment to Datuk Dr. Shamsul.
2 More than anything else, they help him to understand himself better and why society
operates the way it does. In fact, they coloured his outlook in life or perhaps even shape him
into the supercharged social activist that he is today.
3 Datuk Dr. Shamsul, Director of the Institute for the Studies of the Malay World
Civilisation (ATMA, the Malay acronym) speaks well of the books which stimulate critical
thinking, especially about things around him which he has long taken for granted. They teach
him not to accept things blindly.
4 "They empower me with methodologies which allow me to rethink and develop an open
approach to help bring about changes in society," he explains.
5 The books allow him to see the workings of a society in the conceptual sense.
Capitalism was an extension of colonialism and whilst capitalism spelt the death of feudalism
in Europe, it was fully embraced in South-East Asia. Gidden's book enabled Datuk Dr. Shamsul
to realise that a lot of things that we do daily are components of capitalism.
6 Then again, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim provided him with an insight
into three different ways of viewing society. Marx views society in terms of the economy and
created communism which is still widely practised in Cuba and China whilst Weber is hailed in
Germany and Europe for viewing society based on politics, status and prestige.
7 Durkheim, on the other hand, looks at behaviour, the division of labour and social
8 Reading them in between his student and band boy days, he acknowledged that they
had a real impact on him in his quest for theory and concept to guide him in his journey through
9 It was his heightened cravings for acquiring empirical evidence and knowledge
that pushed him to research for more materials to answer the questions that plague
Malay society.

1 From paragragph 1,
(a) what books does Datuk Dr. Shamsul read?
(b) what does the phrase like a duck to water mean?

2 From paragraph 2, give two ways how the books helped Dr. Shamsul.

i) ____________________________________________________________________

Ii) ____________________________________________________________________

3 From paragraph 3, which word has the same meaning as the word "arouse"?

4 In paragraph 4, what do you understand by the phrase develop an open approach to help bring
about change in society?

5 From paragraph 8, what evidence is there to tell us that Datuk Dr. Shamsul likes music?



6 Based on the passage given, write a summary about:

Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin's passion for books and how his passion influenced him
Credit will be given for use of your own words, but care must be taken not to change the original meaning.
Your summary must:
 be in continuous writing (not in note form)
 use material from lines 6-53
 not longer than 130 words, including the 10 words given below
Begin your summary as follows:
Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin loved to read philosophical books .........