Malaysia:	The	Making	of	a	Nation

Malaysia: The Making of a Nation

by Cheah Boon Kheng

This is an account of the contest between Malay ethno-nationalism and Malaysian nationalism in the making of the Malaysian nation. In spite of Malay dominance in Malaysia, the author argues, the country has not become a "Malay nation-state". This process has been checked by the rival forces of multi-ethnic "Malaysian nationalism" in peninsular Malaysia and the contesting nationalisms and communalism of the other indigenous communities, or bumiputra, in the East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah.
The study focuses on Malaysia's four Prime Ministers as nation-builders, observing that each one of them when he became Prime Minister was transformed from being the head of the Malay party, UMNO, to that of the leader of a multi-ethnic nation. Each began his political career as an "exclusivist" Malay nationalist but eventually ended up re-inventing himself as an "inclusivist" Malaysian nationalist.




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Preliminary pages
1. 1945-57: Malay Dominance and the Making of a Malay "Nation-State"
2. 1957-2001: The "Bargain" and Contesting Nationalisms
3. 1957-70: "Pluralism" in Nation-Building during the Tunku's Administration
4. 1970-76: Malay Dominance, Economic Integration and National Unity under Tun Razak
5. 1976-81: National Unity and Islamic Fundamentalism under Hussein Onn
6. 1981-2001: The Changing Face of Mahathir's Nationalism and Nation-Building
7. Epilogue
Chronology, Bibliography, Index, The Author

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  • Number of Pages : 264
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 550g
  • Product Code : 9789812301543
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Cheah Boon Kheng

Cheah Boon Kheng retired in 1994 as Professor of History at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang and is presently a Visiting Fellow at the university's Centre for Policy Research. He has written extensively on Malaysian social and political history. His books include The Masked Comrades (1979); Red Star Over Malaya (1983); and The Peasant Robbers of Kedah (1988).