Archive for January, 2010

Khinzir, Lembu dan Raksaksa di Kalangan Kita

Friday, January 29th, 2010

(*Terjemahan dari rencana Farish A. Noor bertajuk “Pigs’ Heads, Cows’ Heads and The Demons Among Us” oleh saudara David Chong yang budiman. Saya terhutang budi kepadanya atas kesudian beliau untuk menterjemahkan rencana ini.- FN )
Oleh Farish A Noor/ Diterjemahkan oleh David Chong
Terjemahan Mahabharatta dalam bahasa Melayu-Indonesia, Hikayat Pandawa Lima, menceritakan episod menarik dan mustahak yang [...]

Q and A for students of AS6011

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Q and A for students of AS6011:
I’ve taken the liberty of cutting and pasting some of the questions that some of you have been sending me over the past two weeks and am going to address them here as best I can in stages. Here are some of the questions that Ive received so far, [...]

Pigs’ Heads, Cows’ Heads and The Demons Among Us

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

In the Malay-Indonesian rendering of the Mahabharatta, the Hikayat Pandawa Lima, we have an interesting and important episode that takes place as the great battle of Bharatayudha is fought. The Pandawa prince Yudistira - who is an ascetic and pacifist at heart - is forced to do battle with the great King Prabu Salya. Prabu [...]

The Maharaja Wears No Clothes

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Looking at the state of Malaysian politics and society today, at a time when the nation is caught in the grip of a collective anxiety over questions of identity and its future, it is heartening to note that so many of the efforts at nation-building, reconciliation, the fostering of a sense of nationhood and common [...]

Timeline for students of AS6011: State, Society and Politics in Malaysia: 1981-1990 (Week 8)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Timeline for students of AS6011: State, Society and Politics in Malaysia: 1981-1990
1979: Pakistan declares itself to be the world’s first officially Islamic state and Iran goes through a revolution that topples the Shah of Iran and leads to the rise of the Islamist revolutionaries led by Ayatollah Khomeini.
The impact of both events is felt all [...]

Additional notes for students of AS6011: State, Society and Politics in Malaysia: 1981-1990 (Week 8)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

The first decade of PM Mahathir Mohamad
Note: The main text for this week and next will be chapters 4-5 from: Farish A Noor, Islam Embedded: The Historical Development of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) 1951-2003, MSRI, Kuala Lumpur, 2004. (Volume 2)
To return to our discussions earlier, note the salient points of this period:
1. Malaysia’s Islamisation [...]

Political Concessions in a Complex Country: The Social and Political Costs

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Malaysia has been making international headlines over the past few weeks for all the wrong reasons, yet again. The spate of arson attacks on Churches, Temples and Mosques is a worrying sign that the fragile social contract - if there ever was one - that underlies the Malaysian multicultural project is in danger of falling [...]

Additional notes for students of AS6011: State, Society and Politics in Malaysia: The Razak and Onn Years (1970-1981)

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Following the discussion we had today, let us return to the salient points that were raised:
1. The National Operations Council. Now referring to the interview with one of the directors of the NOC (that appeared in Off the Edge magazine and which was photocopied to you), note that the National Operations Council (1970-71) marked the [...]

Observations on the current situation in Malaysia for students of AS6011: State, Society and Politics in Malaysia

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Nationalism, Communitarianism and the Contestation for Symbols and Meaning over the “Allah controversy”: Structural-Economic Underpinnings.
Apropos last week’s discussion about the current controversy over the use of the word ‘Allah’ by Christians in Malaysia, we need to take into account the socio-economic and structural underpinnings of what is going on and the variable factors that have [...]

Observations on the essay question for students of AS6011: State, Society and Politics in Malaysia

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Well, I’ve done with marking almost all of the mid-term essay paper for AS6011 State, Society and Politics in Malaysia and I would like to raise some concerns/observations in general.
1. Is Malaysia a ‘complex’ situation, and if so, why?
I noted that in several essays there was still this tendency to identify/present Malaysia as a ‘complex’ [...]