New PDF release: Authoritarian Populism in Malaysia

By A. Munro-Kua

ISBN-10: 0230379915

ISBN-13: 9780230379916

ISBN-10: 0312158262

ISBN-13: 9780312158262

ISBN-10: 1349395781

ISBN-13: 9781349395781

Socio-economic and political matters are handled selectively inside of a chronological old framework, overlaying the dramatic colonial influence of 1940-60 until eventually the current day. The country is tested from the viewpoint of social category in addition to communalism, to provide an explanation for the dominance of the ruling coalition over the 37 years because independence. the writer argues that authoritarian-populism is the concept most closely fits the plain paradox of an everlasting regime through the poll field, and the vast regulations at the scope of democracy, relatively during the repressive gear of detention with no trial. The underlying subject matter is a critique and clarification of Malaysia's human rights list.

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4 Despite their objective position of economic domination over the peasantry, the Sultans also provided an ideological symbolism arising in part from their common religious faith in Islam and enabling them to maintain political dominance. Western influence began in 1511 with the capture of Malacca, a strategically important port, by the Portugese. This signalled the start of the mercantilist phase of colonialism, with European presence limited to the coastal towns. There, western traders became dependent on local intermediaries, increasingly the Chinese, for goods from the hinterland.

The Socialist Front was successful at municipal level with a controlling majority on some councils, such as Penang. At national level, they provided articulate and dynamic leadership, with their ability to mobilize grass roots organizations. 28 The 'Alliance Formula' was thus seriously The Post-Colonial State 33 challenged by the multi-ethnic Socialist Front, who were raising questions of race and class, workers' rights and ethnic equality. The discriminatory policies of the Alliance, especially regarding Chinese education, also drove many supporters over to the opposition camp.

By 1871, the mining population was equal in size to that of the Malays in the Straits Settlements, Penang, Malacca and Singapore. 8 The 1874 Pangkor Treaty signalled the start of the subordination of the Sultanate to British Colonialism. Nonetheless, the Malay peasantry refused to accept British intervention, or the new tax and revenue laws. Resistance included killing the Perak British Resident in 1875, and a campaign of civil disobedience in Pahang. The colonialists responded with force, razing villages and rounding up the inhabitants into strategic hamlets', often with the help of foreign troops.

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