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Malaysia In Troubled Times: Economic Challenges, Difficult Decisions And The Malaysian EconomyMalaysia In Troubled Times: Economic Challenges, Difficult Decisions And The Malaysian Economy by Shankaran Nambiar

The recent past has been tumultuous for Malaysia. Malaysia has been rocked by economic uncertainties, political turmoil and allegations of financial scandals. The economy has had to face domestically generated shocks and well as those emanating from external sources. Regional developments have been fast-paced, too. At a micro level, issues such as education and health have generated controversy and they could turn out to be problematic if not handled carefully. These issues, if ignored, could adversely affect Malaysia's economic development. If addressed correctly, Malaysia will move up the ladder of development. The present collection of essays attempts to capture the challenges that Malaysia faces.

Panorama 02/2016: Countering Daesh Extremism European And Asian ResponsesPanorama 02/2016: Countering Daesh Extremism European And Asian Responses by Gorawantschy, Beatrice (Ed.)

This issue of Panorama: Insights into Asian and European Affairs analyses recent developments concerning Daesh extremism and their implications on societies in Asia and Europe. The papers share and analyse current and possible future threats, identify the target groups vulnerable to extreme militant ideology and examine the various recruitment channels. The counter-measures and de-radicalization and rehabilitation efforts adopted by various governments have also been highlighted. Special attention is given to Daesh-linked activities in the respective countries, reactions by the local Muslim communities, and possible future developments as well as responses.

Politics Of Defeat, The: Preliminary Chapters And The Secret Diary Of Francis ThomasPolitics Of Defeat, The: Preliminary Chapters And The Secret Diary Of Francis Thomas by Thomas, Margaret (Ed.)

It was a diary that had first sat at the back of a locked steel cabinet for two decades and then in a taped box for close to another four decades. A secret diary kept by a Cabinet Minister of the discussions and decisions that went on behind the scenes and that determined the path of Singapore's political development during the late 1950s. It was a tumultuous time that saw the People's Action Party come into power because of the ineptitude - or, in the words of Lee Kuan Yew, the corruption and stupidities - of the Labour Front government. The diary was kept by Francis Thomas, an Englishman who made Singapore his home and who played a key role in the dying days of the Labour Front government. The Politics of Defeat is his inside story of those days.

Justice In Asia And The Pacific Region, 1945-1952Justice In Asia And The Pacific Region, 1945-1952 by Yuma Totani

This book explores a cross-section of war crimes trials that the Allied powers held against the Japanese in the aftermath of World War II. More than 2,240 trials against some 5,700 suspected war criminals were carried out at 51 separate locations across the Asia Pacific region. This book analyzes fourteen high-profile American, Australian, British, and Philippine trials, including the two subsequent proceedings at Tokyo and the Yamashita trial. By delving into a large body of hitherto underutilized oral and documentary history of the war as contained in the trial records, Yuma Totani illuminates diverse firsthand accounts of the war that were offered by former Japanese and Allied combatants, prisoners of war, and the civilian population. Furthermore, the author makes a systematic inquiry into select trials to shed light on a highly complex - and at times contradictory - legal and jurisprudential legacy of Allied war crimes prosecutions.

Party System Institutionalization In Asia: Democracies, Autocracies And The Shadows Of The PastParty System Institutionalization In Asia: Democracies, Autocracies And The Shadows Of The Past by Hicken, Allen; Erik Martinez Kuhonta (Eds.)

This book provides a comprehensive empirical and theoretical analysis of the development of parties and party systems in Asia. The studies included advance a unique perspective in the literature by focusing on the concept of institutionalization and by analyzing parties in democratic settings as well as in authoritarian settings. The countries covered in the book range from East Asia to Southeast Asia to South Asia.

Religion And Nationalism In Southeast AsiaReligion And Nationalism In Southeast Asia by Liow Chinyoung, Joseph

Religion and nationalism are two of the most potent and enduring forces that have shaped the modern world. Yet, there has been little systematic study of how these two forces have interacted to provide powerful impetus for mobilization in Southeast Asia, a region where religious identities are as strong as nationalist impulses. At the heart of many religious conflicts in Southeast Asia lies competing conceptions of nation and nationhood, identity and belonging, and loyalty and legitimacy. In this accessible and timely study, Joseph Liow examines the ways in which religious identity nourishes collective consciousness of a people who see themselves as a nation, perhaps even as a constituent part of a nation, but anchored in shared faith. Drawing on case studies from across the region, Liow argues that this serves both as a vital element of identity and a means through which issues of rights and legitimacy are understood.

Everyday Political Economy Of Southeast AsiaEveryday Political Economy Of Southeast Asia by Elias, Juanita; Lena Rethel (Eds.)

In this empirically rich collection of essays, a team of leading international scholars explore the way that economic transformation is sustained and challenged by everyday practices across Southeast Asia. Drawing together a body of interdisciplinary scholarship, the authors explore how the emergence of more marketized forms of economic policy-making in Southeast Asia impacts everyday life. The book's twelve chapters address topics such as domestic migration, trade union politics in Myanmar, mining in the Philippines, halal food in Singapore, Islamic finance in Malaysia, education reform in Indonesia, street vending in Malaysia, regional migration between Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, and Southeast Asian domestic workers in Hong Kong. This collection not only enhances understandings of the everyday political economies at work in specific Southeast Asian sites, but makes a major theoretical contribution to the development of an everyday political economy approach in which perspectives from developing economies and non-Western actors are taken seriously.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #14: Learning Diplomacy: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar And Vietnam Diplomats In AseanTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #14: Learning Diplomacy: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar And Vietnam Diplomats In Asean by Deepak Nair

For nearly two decades, ASEAN has served as a vehicle for the postsocialist states of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV) to seek diplomatic recognition and enmesh their economies with the dominant discourses, structures, and visions of post-Cold War capitalist modernity. As they pursue modernist state projects, diplomats too must yield to experiences of learning and redefinition to express (and enable) the project of international "integration". This paper examines such processes of learning and redefinition by studying the effects and consequences of immersion in English-based ASEAN multilateral work for the diplomats of CLMV states. The paper demonstrates how stints in ASEAN multilateral diplomacy have emerged as a channel for exposure and grooming for CLMV diplomats as they themselves integrate with an English-based global (yet Eurocentric) diplomacy.

Strengthening Partnership For Regional Sustainable DevelopmentStrengthening Partnership For Regional Sustainable Development by Tran Dai Quang

The Singapore Lecture is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore. The presence of such eminent personalities allows Singaporeans, especially younger executives and decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, the benefit of exposure to leading world figures who address topics of international and regional interest. The 38th Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, on 30 August 2016 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Singapore.

End Of Umno, The: Essays On Malaysia's Dominant PartyEnd Of Umno, The: Essays On Malaysia's Dominant Party by Welsh, Bridget (Ed.)

The contributors in this collection study developments in Malaysia's dominant party, UMNO, on the anniversary of its 70th year. The answers to its future lies in part with a better understanding of its past. Four international academics analyse the contemporary history of UMNO, with a particular focus on changes in the last two decades. They draw attention to issues of party identity, leadership, membership, governance, institutional change, party financing, internal divisions and its relations with different communities and the public at large. Not only does this book fill an important gap in the scholarly research on UMNO, this book offers different perspectives on the party's contemporary challenges.

War And Peace In The Borderlands Of Myanmar The Kachin Ceasefire, 1994-2011 by Sadan, Mandy (Ed.)

In June 2011 fighting resumed between the Kachin Independence Organisation and Myanmar Army, ending a 17-year ceasefire. The unwillingness of local Kachin people and their leaders to agree to a speedy renewal of the ceasefire has frustrated many observers and policy-makers hoping for a national ceasefire agreement between the Myanmar government and principal armed ethnic organizations. Yet since the ceasefire collapsed, surprisingly little attention has been paid to understanding the Kachin experience of the ceasefire. This book brings together local activists with international academics and acclaimed independent researchers to reflect on these experiences from different perspectives. They also raise important and enduring questions about the social, economic and political development of Myanmar's 'border regions'. Crucially, the chapters offer vital lessons about the dangers inherent in ceasefire agreements when an 'armed peace' is implemented but not accompanied by a substantive commitment to political change.

Cambodia Votes: Democracy, Authority And International Support For Elections, 1993-2013Cambodia Votes: Democracy, Authority And International Support For Elections, 1993-2013 by Sullivan, Michael Luke

This detailed study charts the evolution of internationally assisted elections in Cambodia beginning in 1993 with the vote supervised by the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC). Although the UNTAC operation was unprecedented in its size and political scope, the less-than-democratic outcome of the 1993 vote (with Hun Sen and his Cambodian People's Party losing but remaining in power) began two decades of internationally assisted elections manipulated and controlled by Hun Sen and the CPP. Since then, disparate international actors have been complicit in supporting 'authoritarian elections' while promoting a more democratic and transparent electoral process. This has produced a relatively stable political-economic system serving the interests of a powerful and wealthy ruling elite but at the expense of overall positive socio-economic and political change. It has also allowed opposition forces to co-exist alongside a repressive state and to compete in elections that still hold out the possibility for change.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #13: Is A New Entrepreneurial Generation Emerging In Indonesia?Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #13: Is A New Entrepreneurial Generation Emerging In Indonesia? by Njoto-Feillard, Gwenael; Kathleen Azali

The main actors in Indonesia's business landscape have long been assumed to be the country's Chinese minority. However, in the last decade, there has been a more visible, growing culture of entrepreneurship amongst the pribumi or native Indonesians. Democratic reforms, decentralization and the deregulation of certain sectors of the economy, facilitated by new information technology, have enabled a new generation of entrepreneurs to emerge outside the traditional system of political patronage. New forms of networking are taking shape within local and national business associations, networking forums, and the marketing and business media. While civil servant positions are still highly sought after, the idea of entrepreneurship and business as careers is becoming more and more popular, especially among young Indonesians. The challenge that the Joko Widodo administration faces is to encourage this new social dynamic without falling into the trap of constructing artificial support programmes. These showed themselves to be counter-productive in the past.

Moving Forward: Malays For The 21St CenturyMoving Forward: Malays For The 21St Century by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

The discourse on Malays in Malaysia is shifting in the 21st century. Here, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the youngest elected representative in the 8 March, 2008 General Elections argues about how Malays must move forward to survive and succeed in facing today's challengers: the emerging new politics, forging a people's economy, resolving the education questions, the position of Islam in a multiracial society and the unraveling o the social fabric. While race will remain important as an identity, Moving Forward challenges the assumption of the racial zero sum game as, ultimately, the future of the Malays cannot be separated from Malaysians in general.

Seduction Of The Simple, The: Insights On Singapore's Future DirectionsSeduction Of The Simple, The: Insights On Singapore's Future Directions by Devadas Krishnadas

At the crossroads of Singapore history, noted public intellectual and entrepreneur Devadas Krishnadas shares his insights on the intersecting realms of the social, political and economic spheres of Singapore, and where he thinks the country is headed.

Birthday Book, The: What Is Singapore's Next Big ThingBirthday Book, The: What Is Singapore's Next Big Thing by Malminderjit Singh (Ed.)

An intellectual salvo from young and passionate Singaporeans inhabiting different slices of Singapore society, The Birthday Book is a collection of 51 essays presented as a birthday gift to the nation and its people. What are the milestones that Singapore is headed into - the next big things - in the view of this inaugural group of contributors? These individuals, younger than 45, will inherit leadership roles in their respective domains of expertise. Their essays come together as a compact and essential digest of introspections and outward projections, drawing on a shared past and projecting forward into our collective future.

Nationalism In Asia: A History Since 1945Nationalism In Asia: A History Since 1945 by Kingston, Jeff

Taking a comparative, thematic approach, Nationalism in Asia explores the expression and embrace of nationalism in contemporary China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea, nations that will shape the worlds future. The focus is on identity politics, democracy, economic policy, nation branding, sports, territorial conflict, trauma, memory wars, culture and minorities.

Urban Land Rent: Singapore As A Property StateUrban Land Rent: Singapore As A Property State by Halia, Anne

This book develops an original theory of urban land rent with important implications for urban studies and urban theory. It analyzes land, rent theory, and the modern city, using Singapore as a case study. It examines the question of land from a variety of perspectives and incorporates discussion of the modern real estate market.

Are We Protected? Malaysian Defence UncoveredAre We Protected? Malaysian Defence Uncovered by Lam Choong Wah

The majority of the Malaysian public are not interested in national defence. For those who are interested, they will face another problem - limited information. This book aims to provide general information on Malaysia's defence sector to the layman-majority of Malaysia. Aside from that, this book also aims to increase defence knowledge among the public, paving a way for the creation of a civil defence monitoring mechanism.