Author: Cheah Boon Kheng
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
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 now 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 communialism of the other indigenous communities, or bumiputra, in the East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah.
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