Waves of INDEPENDENCE: MEMOIRS OF A MALAYSIAN DOYENNE

GUNN CHIT Wha

Daughter, traveller, lawyer, civil servant, wife, mother—Gunn Chit Wha’s many roles are brought to life in her vivid memoir recounting the blissful years of her childhood in Kuala Lumpur, periods of uncertainty during World War II, and the euphoria of travel. Full of life and energy, she curiously never felt homesick and always found opportunities to see the world. At home, she became Malaysia’s third female lawyer and, later, the first female Municipal Councillor in Petaling Ward.

About the author
Gunn Chit Wha was the third female lawyer in Malaya during the 20th century and later became the first female Municipal Councillor of Petaling Ward in Kuala Lumpur. Born in British Malaya, she is the daughter of Puan Sri Gunn-Chua Teck Neo and Tan Sri Gunn Lay Teik, a former High Commissioner for Malaya to Australia. She was married to the late Dato Lau Foo Sun, and has three children and grandchildren. She lives in Kuala Lumpur.