This book is a collection of papers presented at the historical dialogue conducted by the Malaysian Historical Society (on behalf of Malaysia) and Indonesian Historians Society (on behalf of Indonesia) in Johor Bahru from 1-3 October 2010, hosted and organized by Yayasan Warisan Johor. The meeting in Johor Bahru is the third in a series of Malaysia-Indonesia Historical Collective Generating Dialogue. The first dialogue was held in Jakarta from 17 to 19 March 2009, inaugurated by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Bapak Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhuyuno at the Presidential Palace. The second dialogue takes place in Tanjung Pinang in Riau Islands from October 7 to 10, 2009, inaugurated by the Governor of Riau Province, Bapak Ismeth Abdullah. Dialogue in Johor Bahru is the third in the series and the first to be held in Malaysia, inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Johor, YAB Dato’ Haji Abdul Ghani Othman.
Oral evidence is among the most important sources in historical research. Documentation of oral history is a test of our ability as a researcher, about the ability to get other people’s beliefs in order to provide their cooperation and ability to dispute their memories in an honest and imaginative. This book is available to help a person achieve the objective of producing recordings and transcripts of historical value as a source of good history. The first chapter introduces the history and historical sources in order to provide basic knowledge about the history and sources for historical research. This knowledge is fundamental in the task of documenting oral histories as sources.