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Symbolic self-determination: the case of Malaysia and Australia's indigenous education policy


Rosnon, Mohd Roslan and Abu Talib, Mansor and Dahamat Azam, Mohamad Naqiuddin (2021) Symbolic self-determination: the case of Malaysia and Australia's indigenous education policy. Kajian Malaysia, 39 (1). 25 - 53. ISSN 0127-4082


The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) outlines the right to self-determination for indigenous peoples. To what extent this right to self determination is practised in Malaysia and Australia is the focus of this study. Therefore, this article examines to what degree indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination are encompassed in the formulation and development of indigenous education policy that has been recognised and supported. In-depth interviews were conducted with 24 respondents consisting of policy makers, educators, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) personnel in Malaysia and Australia, including indigenous scholars. The findings show that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were more actively involved in charting their educational policies than indigenous peoples in Malaysia. Among Malaysia’s Orang Asli, there was limited negotiation as a facilitating component of self-determination and there was also limited recognition of indigenous rights in determining education policy.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
Institute for Social Science Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.21315/km2021.39.1.2
Publisher: Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
Keywords: Self-determination; Indigenous peoples; Indigenous education policy
Depositing User: Ms. Che Wa Zakaria
Date Deposited: 18 May 2023 02:31
Last Modified: 18 May 2023 02:31
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/95240
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