Issue 13: Monarchies in Southeast Asia

The Monarchy in Malaysia: Struggling for Legitimacy

The Monarchy in Malaysia: Struggling for Legitimacy Lately, there has been a resurgence of scholarly interest in the political role of the monarchy in Malaysia, as manifested by the publications of recent studies by Kobkua […]

Issue 6

Re-Opening the Debate on Malaysian Elections

The following essays are based on the analyses and findings of the IKMAS Electoral System Research Project (Phase I) and the Phase II survey of “Voters’s Perceptions on National Issues, Economic Optimism, Education Corruption and […]

Issue 6

Francis Loh Kok Wah on Malaysia

Thank you Mr. Chairman, Acharn Giles. Friends, I have always been studying the people on the sides rather than the leaders. I started studying the coolies in the tin mines, and then I started looking […]

Issue 5

Women, Islam, and the Law

         Hjh. Nik Noriani Nik Badlishah, editorIslamic Family Law and Justice for Muslim WomenMalaysia / Sisters in Islam / 2003 Gender, Muslim Laws and Reproductive RightsDavao City / Pilipina Legal Resources Center, Inc. / 2001 […]

Issue 5

Women and Islam in Malaysia

There is tremendous preoccupation with Islam in Malaysia today. Unfortunately, much of it is focused on form rather than substance, the effects of which are largely felt by Muslim women. Malaysia portrays itself as a […]

Issue 4: Regional Economic Integration

Malaysian Chinese Business: Who Survived the Crisis?

         In the not so distant past, as economic growth was gathering pace in East Asia, Chinese enterprise was widely considered a significant factor in the process described as the Asian economic miracle (World Bank […]

Issue 4: Regional Economic Integration

Malaysian Chinese Business: Who Survived the Crisis? (Abstract)

         The authors examine how the 1997 Asian financial crisis affected Chinese-owned businesses in Malaysia. They suggest that size, sector, debt, and diversification were important factors in determining which businesses succeeded and which failed. Large […]

Issue 4: Regional Economic Integration

Mahathir’s Economic Legacy

Jomo K.S. is a professor in the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. This essay appeared in Aliran Monthly (vol. 28, no. 8), along with other articles on the theme of “De-Mahathirizing Malaysia.” It is an edited version of his new introduction to M-Way: Mahathir’s Economic Policies, a collection of essays available from Gerakbudaya ( Aliran can be read online at […]

Issue 4: Regional Economic Integration

Sumatran Villagers Sue Japan over ODA Dam

Before Tanjung Pau village disappeared under the reservoir of Kotopanjang Dam, the ethnic Minangkabau who lived in that remote corner of central Sumatra, Indonesia, once held an elaborate ceremony for 2-month-old babies. “It was called […]

Issue 3: Nations and Stories

Making Sense of Malaysia

         Cheah Boon KhengMalaysia: The Making of a NationSingapore / ISEAS / 2002  Farish A. NoorThe Other Malaysia: Writings on Malaysia’s Subaltern HistoryKuala Lumpur / Silverfishbooks / 2002 Two recently published and very different books […]

Issue 3: Nations and Stories

Said Zahari’s Long Nights

Said ZahariDark Clouds at Dawn: A Political MemoirKuala Lumpur / Insan / 2001 Said ZahariMeniti Lautan Gelora: Sebuah Memoir PolitikKuala Lumpur / Utusan / 2001 Translated and adapted from the remarks of Abdul Rahman Embong […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Review— Borneo 2000: Environment, Conservation and Land

Borneo 2000: Environment, Conservation and LandMichael Leigh, editor Kuching / Universiti Malaysia Sarawak / 2000 These proceedings of the sixth biennial Borneo Research Conference of July 2000, one of four volumes, were compiled and published prior […]

Issue 1

Writing Reformasi

Amir Muhammad “Perforated Sheets,” a newspaper column Kuala Lumpur / New Straits Times / 2 September 1998 – 3 February 1999  Sabri Zain Face Off: A Malaysian Reformasi Diary (1998–99) Singapore / Options Publications / […]

Issue 1

Malaysia: The Cost of Race Economics

Race in Malaysia is not a black and white matter. The very notion of “race” has its roots in the colonial past, not inthe cosmopolitan and creole histories of the Malay sultanates. Hence there is […]

Issue 1

Orang Asli Leadership in Malaysia

The Orang Asli are the minority indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia. Numbering 120,000 and distributed unevenly among 19 different linguistic groups, they represent the most marginalized of Malaysian society today. But the Orang Asli were […]