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Understanding political contestation in Malaysia


Jawan, Jayum (2016) Understanding political contestation in Malaysia. Suvannabhumi, 8 (2). pp. 51-77. ISSN 2092-738X


This paper argues and shows how ethnic dimension is still very important in understanding political contestations in Malaysia. To do this, the paper reviews the political as well as population demography to back its assertion. And it is not necessarily improper to continue to use this ethnic lens, although the continued use of this approach has come under heavy criticism both within and from outside Malaysia. Raging debates in Malaysia and by Malaysians are still very much shaped by ethnicity and increasing regional differences. This is further compounded by other factors such as religion, language, and education. In fact, these tools have been more intensely used of late compared to any period before in history as they easily politicize and attract followers.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
Faculty of Humanities, Management and Science
Publisher: Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies
Keywords: Malaysia; Ethnic relations; Regionalism; National integration
Depositing User: Ms. Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2020 14:03
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2020 08:09
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/77791
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