Dark Forces Changing Malaysia

Coauthored by LIM TECK GHEE and MURRAY HUNTER

SIRD (First Published, 2022)
206 pages

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Dark Forces Changing Malaysia unravelling the complexities of the Malaysian journey since independence, which the authors dare touch on the issues that really matter which have been bullied out of the public space for being ‘sensitive’ and therefore off-limits to any reasonable discussion. This book helps us to take that crucial first step of looking at ourselves honestly and critically. If we can all put the nation first and do just that, we have a chance of the Malaysia we dreamed of. The vista which is painted within this volume draws from the despair and disillusionment so palpable among many of the citizenry, especially since the 14th General Election, but going back two decades or more. The gathering of the storm clouds over Malaysia is examined in some detail in Section I, which covers developments in the economic, political and socio-cultural sectors and provides a best and worst-case scenario for each of the sectors for the medium term.

Although the worst-case scenario has not happened yet, today many Malaysians and friends from abroad see the country caught in a cul-de-sac of national development and worse, moving backwards in the key area of social cohesion and national unity which forms part of the substratum of any society be it democratic, technocratic, oligarchic, or totalitarian. The essays presented in Section I and other sections seek to identify the causes of this despair and disillusionment that is hindering true Malaysian nationhood.

The volume also contains commentaries dealing with the equally important substratum area of economic and socio-cultural development. In Section II, the issues of racial discrimination, religion, the New Economic Policy, government-linked companies, the 12th Malaysian Plan, and the general socioeconomic environment are examined, across a number of essays.

Here, the effects of the ideology of ketuanan Melayu are clearly seen within public policy, together with their discriminatory and deficient outcomes including for the targeted Malay poor. These essays point not only to the outdatedness of the racially oriented NEP but also its abuses and distortions favouring the elite classes. Of special concern are the social and racial divisions caused by the policy and its successor plans including the latest version touted in the “Shared Prosperity Vision 2030” of the Perikatan Nasional government.

The third section of the volume, “The State of Malay Politics” examines the institutions that have sent Malaysia further on its downward spiral. In this part, the role and complicity of the elites within society are closely examined. The implications of elite ambition, opportunism, and greed have stamped their influence into the nature and workings of the civil service, and also in the structure and modus operandi of the private business sector where corruption, cronyism and rent-seeking have become embedded.

Foreword
Siti Z Kasim
Introduction
Lim Teck Ghee & Murray Hunter
Acknowledgements

Section I: The Gathering Storm

1. Malaysia: Possible Scenarios for the Medium Term

Section II: Nation-Building and National Development

1. The Mythical Social Contract
Lim Teck Ghee

2. Spot the Elephant in the Racist Room
Lim Teck Ghee

3. May’s Darkest and Brightest Hours?
Lim Teck Ghee

4. Understanding Our Civil Service
Lim Teck Ghee

5. Malaysia Day 2063
Lim Teck Ghee

6. Dissecting the Shared Prosperity Vision
Lim Teck Ghee

7. Avoiding the Mistakes of the New Economic Policy
Lim Teck Ghee

8. Heaven, Hell and Religious Politics
Lim Teck Ghee

9. Can a National Consultative Council Help Reset Malaysia?
Lim Teck Ghee

10. Malaysia’s GLCs: Development Tools or Corruption Vehicles?
Murray Hunter

11. The Failed Promise of Malaysia’s New Economic Policy
Murray Hunter

12. Fostering National Unity
Lim Teck Ghee

13. Malaysia: Corruption Cripples Healthy SMEs
Murray Hunter

14. 12th Malaysia Plan: Three Backward Steps
Ramesh Chander & Lim Teck Ghee

15. ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ Budget Racially Contorted
Ramesh Chander, Lim Teck Ghee & Murray Hunter

16. The Zimbabwisation of Malaysia
Murray Hunter

17. Malaysia’s Floods Expose Catastrophic Policy Failure
Murray Hunter

18. Malaysia’s Long-lived Ethnocracy
Lim Teck Ghee

19. The Struggle to Revive Multiculturalism
Murray Hunter

Section III: The State of Malay Politics

1. What Needs to be Done About New Malaysia’s
Old Underclass?
Lim Teck Ghee

2. GLCs, Revenge Politics and a Demystified Malay Agenda
Lim Teck Ghee

3. Are Malays Really Lagging Far Behind?
Lim Teck Ghee

4. The Current and Future Position of Malay Political Dominance
Lim Teck Ghee

5. Malay Middle Class at a Crossroads
Lim Teck Ghee

6. Rebranding Umno and PAS?
Lim Teck Ghee

7. Understanding Malay Dignity
Lim Teck Ghee

8. Drop the Myth
Lim Teck Ghee

9. Malaysia: A Permanent Ethnic Malay Polity
Murray Hunter

10. Dr M’s Malay Dilemma Misshaping Race Discourse
Lim Teck Ghee

11. Deconstructing the Bumiputera Construct
Lim Teck Ghee

12. Shining a Light on the Bumi/Non-Bumi Dichotomy
Lim Teck Ghee

13. GE15: The Coming Battle for the Malay Heartland
Murray Hunter

14. The Struggle Between Two Visions of Malaysia
Murray Hunter

Weight 0.355 kg
Dimensions 22.9 × 15.2 × 1.2 cm
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