(born 1955, Perak) is the author of Malaysia Journey, a best selling book that presents, in alternating fictional and nonfiction segments, reflections on Malaysian society since independence, and on the relations among Malaysia's three major ethnic groups. He also wrote Pangkor: Treasure of the Straits. He is currently at work on another novel. As a journalist, Mr. Rashid served as senior writer for Bermuda Business (Bermuda) and Asiaweek (Hong Kong), and leader writer for the Straits Times . He holds a bachelor of science in marine biology from the University of Swansea (Wales). He is at the IWP on a grant from the US Department of State.