Archive for December, 2009

Term break essay question for students of: AS6011 State, Society and Politics in Malaysia (Week 5)

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Taking into consideration the themes and subjects we have discussed thus far that include:

That national identities are discursively constructed and nations are likewise composite assemblies;
And that historical progression is never linear or essentially determinate;
And that identities are negotiated, historically contingent and context-bound;
And that all claims to essentialised identities are political in nature and ideological in [...]

Notes for students of: AS6011 State, Society and Politics in Malaysia (Week 5): History and Historical Entitlements

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Additional Post-Lecture notes for students of: AS6011 State, Society and Politics in Malaysia (Week 5)
History and Historical Entitlements: Can History provide the basis for political claims in the present?

In summing up this weeks lecture and what we have covered in the first half of the course, let us remind ourselves of the following:
1. The idea [...]

The Pathologisation of Muslims As Everything That is Wrong With Europe

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The recent ban on the construction of minarets for mosques in Switzerland - passed by a majority of Swiss citizens mind you - is symptomatic of something that is far more disturbing in Western Europe today. The first decade of this century has witnessed the rise of a new wave of extreme right-wing politicians and [...]

Faith and the Nation: Why the Malaysian Project Needs Rescuing

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Reading the comments that we received after the posting of the note ‘Migration as Protest’, we were somewhat dismayed at the overall negative tone of so many who wrote in to say that they were despondent and had given up with the Malaysian project itself, to the point where many Malaysians were contemplating of leaving [...]

Migration as Protest: Why Malaysians Are Leaving

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

According to Malaysia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kohilan Pillay, the number of Malaysians who have decided to up their roots and emigrate abroad has almost doubled this year. 3,800 Malaysians have given up their citizenship and simply opted to leave the country of their birth. Furthermore it has been noted that almost half of those who [...]

Additional Post-Lecture notes for students ofAS6011: British Policy of Divide and Rule in India and Burma

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Additional Post-Lecture notes for students of: AS6011 State, Society and Politics in Malaysia (Week 4)
The British Policy of Divide and Rule: Some comparisons with British India and Burma.
The British policy of ‘divide and rule’ was not exclusive to Malaya alone, nor was it a practice carried out by Britain exclusively. It was a general policy [...]

Additional notes for students of: AS6011 (Week 3)- Negative Stereotypes of Chinese in Southeast Asia

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

NOTE: In relation to our discussion on the introduction of race based communal politics in the colonial era and the perpetuation of racial stereotypes that served the needs of the Plural economy based on Racialised Capitalism, see my review of the book by Mona Lohanda, The Chinese and the Dutch in Colonial Java, 1890-1942, below:
NOTE [...]