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Identity, Nationhood And State-Building In MalaysiaIdentity, Nationhood And State-Building In Malaysia by K.J. Ratnam

Identity, loyalty and nation building are key global challenges today. Emeritus Professor K.J. Ratnam, a leading Malaysian social scientist, discusses multiple identities in complex societies, political loyalty, and the challenges that ethnic and religious differences pose for social cohesion. Ratnam also analyses current political alignments and their impact on ethnic relations, the perils of ethnic stereotyping, and the need for a national consensus on foundational issues. Sweeping in scope yet detailed in analysis, this publication will interest scholars, students, policy makers and laymen, and encourage reflection on useful ways of facing up to the many complex challenges confronting multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies like Malaysia.

Panorama 01/2019: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Trade And Economic Connectivity In The Age Of UncertaintyPanorama 01/2019: Insights Into Asian And European Affairs - Trade And Economic Connectivity In The Age Of Uncertainty by Echle, Christian; Megha Sarmah (Eds.)

This issue of Panorama explores the economic and trade connectivity between Asia and Europe, including the US-China trade war, an overview of Asia-Europe relations in the age of rising uncertainty, the development and implications of the Asia-Europe connectivity strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative, the impact of regional blocs on trade relations between Asia and Europe, and currency swap and bilateral agreements.

First Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In SingaporeFirst Wave, The: JBJ, Chiam & The Opposition In Singapore by Loke, Hoe Yeong

Based on extensive interviews and archival material, The First Wave tells the story of the opposition in Singapore in its critical first thirty years in Parliament. Democratisation has been described to occur in waves. The first wave of a democratic awakening in post-independence Singapore began with J. B. Jeyaretnam's victory in the Anson by-election of 1981. That built up to the 1984 general election, the first of many to be called a "watershed", in which Chiam See Tong was also elected in Potong Pasir. After their successes in 1991, the opposition began dreaming of forming the government. But their euphoria was short-lived. Serious fault lines in the leading Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) rose to the surface almost immediately after the opposition victories of 1991, and the party was wiped out of Parliament by 1997. The opposition spent the next decade experimenting with coalition arrangements, to work their way back to victory.

Introduction To The Politics Of The Indonesian Union MovementIntroduction To The Politics Of The Indonesian Union Movement by Lane, Max

"In this most significant contemporary study of Indonesian trade unions and the broader working class, Max Lane provides a concise and informed examination of the practical and ideological challenges of incipient labour organizations engaged in political and popular struggles in an underdeveloped nation. This detailed and highly informative book evokes similar historical and comparative struggles of exploited workers worldwide and is indispensable for students of labour movements in the Global South." - Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science

Strategic Choice For China's Prosperity, TheStrategic Choice For China's Prosperity, The by Li Yining; Meng Xiaosu; Li Yuanchao; Li Keqiang

This is one of the very few books in English actually written by top Chinese leaders and economists. Li Yining, Professor in Beijing University, is one of the top economists in China and played a key role in the reforming of the economy and state enterprises. Meng Xiaosu, an economist, played a key role on real estate reform. Li Yuanchao was Vice President of the PRC from 2013 to 2018, a member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China and head of its Organization Department between 2007 and 2012. Li Keqiang is the current Premier of China. An economist by trade, Li is China's head of government as well as one of the leading figures behind China's financial and economic affairs. Originally published in 1991, this book is a valuable guide to China's economic reform and economic development strategy, including reform of state-owned enterprises, reform of shareholding system, development of enterprise groups, and the direction of rural reform. On the issue of how to further accelerate economic reforms and bring the Chinese economy onto a track of sound development, a comprehensive, systematic and incisive theoretical elaboration was carried out and discussed in depth. This English translation provides key insights into China's reforms over the past 40 years.

Origins Of Malayan Communism, TheOrigins Of Malayan Communism, The by C.F. Yong

Malayan Chinese radicalism in the form of anarcho-communism only emerged in 1919. The ideology of anarcho-communism promoted not only the concept of anarchism but also of communism as a panacea for global problems. The arrival of anarcho-communism was followed in the 1920s by three waves of Chinese communism to Malayan shores until the founding of the Malayan Communist Party in mid-April 1930. The MCP struggled grimly for survival during its early years but posed a real threat to British colonial rule from 1936 after it had secured an important power base in trade unions. It also capitalised on rising Chinese nationalism in July 1937 in the aftermath of the Sino-Japanese War, arousing Chinese community sympathies in general and mobilizing Chinese-educated youths, women and intellectuals in particular. The author draws on substantial Chinese and English-language archival sources and oral history evidence from participants in the movement to reconstruct the chequered history of the Malayan communist movement of pre-war years. The present work explores the origins of Malayan communist, analyses the changing ideology and organisations of the Malayan communist movement, unmasks its dramatis personae and assesses the success or otherwise of British colonial control of the MCP and its various affiliates.

Speaking Out In Vietnam: Public Political Criticism In A Communist-Party Ruled NationSpeaking Out In Vietnam: Public Political Criticism In A Communist-Party Ruled Nation by Kerkvliet, Benedict J Tria

Since 1990 public political criticism has evolved into a prominent feature of Vietnam's political landscape. So argues Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet in his analysis of Communist Party-ruled Vietnam. Speaking Out in Vietnam assesses the rise and diversity of these public displays of disagreement, showing that they have morphed from family whispers to large-scale use of electronic media. In discussing how such criticism has become widespread over the last three decades, Kerkvliet focuses on four clusters of critics: factory workers demanding better wages and living standards; villagers demonstrating and petitioning against corruption and land confiscations; citizens opposing China's encroachment into Vietnam and criticizing China-Vietnam relations; and dissidents objecting to the party-state regime and pressing for democratization.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #10: Interreligious Conflict And The Politics Of Interfaith Dialogue In MyanmarTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #10: Interreligious Conflict And The Politics Of Interfaith Dialogue In Myanmar by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

Amidst successive episodes of interreligious violence in Myanmar between 2012 and 2014, interfaith dialogue emerged as a crucial conflict resolution and prevention mechanism. The present National League for Democracy administration has more actively sought to engage in intrafaith promotion of Buddhism and in interfaith peace and harmony initiatives. Although the National League for Democracy has largely eliminated Buddhist nationalist groups such as Ma Ba Tha, Buddhist identity politics remains influential after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army's attacks in Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017 and the consequent refugee crisis. Although extreme anti-Muslim Buddhist identity politics may not see a resurgence in the approach to the 2020 general elections, it may come back in more nuanced forms. Interfaith dialogue and other training and activities for interreligious peace and harmony will thus remain relevant to the political scene.

From Aquino II To Duterte (2010-2018): Change, Continuity - And RuptureFrom Aquino II To Duterte (2010-2018): Change, Continuity - And Rupture by Deinla, Imelda; Bjorn Dressel (Eds.)

The Duterte administration is often considered a rupture in Philippines' politics. Yet, how different is Duterte's programme of change from the past governments, particularly from its predecessor, the Aquino II administration? Is there a shift in regime orientation and policy preferences from Aquino II to Duterte? What will this mean to the future direction of Philippine democracy, its economic development, peace and security, and relations with other countries? This volume focuses on four critical areas-politics and governance; economic governance; Mindanao peace process; and international relations-to illustrate continuities or discontinuities in policies and governance of institutions to explain the dynamics of change in the Philippines.

Chinese Spies: From Chairman Mao To Xi JinpingChinese Spies: From Chairman Mao To Xi Jinping by Faligot, Roger

In 1920s Shanghai, Zhou Enlai founded the first Chinese communist spy network, operating in the shadows against nationalists, Western powers and the Japanese. The story of Chinese spies has been a global one from the start. Unearthing previously unseen papers and interviewing countless insiders, Roger Faligot's astonishing account reveals nothing less than a century of world events shaped by Chinese spies. Working as scientists, journalists, diplomats, foreign students and businessmen, they've been everywhere, from Stalin's purges to 9/11. This murky world has swept up Ho Chi Minh, the Clintons and everyone in between, with the action moving from Cambodia to Cambridge, and from the Australian outback to the centres of Western power. This fascinating narrative exposes the sprawling tentacles of the world's largest intelligence service, from the very birth of communist China to Xi Jinping's absolute rule today.

Is The People's Action Party Here To Stay? Analysing The Resilience Of The One-Party Dominant State In SingaporeIs The People's Action Party Here To Stay? Analysing The Resilience Of The One-Party Dominant State In Singapore by Singh, Bilveer

This book examines the staying power of the People's Action Party, a political party that has governed Singapore since June 1959. A political titan with few chinks in its armour, the party has kept winning elections under three prime ministers and Singapore is about to witness a transition to the fourth prime minister. The party's seemingly unstoppable sterling performance makes the issue of the durability of the PAP highly critical. In light of the serious weakness of the Opposition and the strong performance legitimacy of the ruling party, it is worthwhile asking the question, can the PAP stumble and fall? Addressing this question is highly relevant given that similar political parties and structures have almost all collapsed elsewhere - the Barisan Nasional as the latest casualty with its defeat in Malaysia's 2018 General Elections. With an extensive coverage on domestic and international issues, up-to-date developments on the finalisation of the PAP's 4G leadership, the Workers' Party town council saga, and the efforts to form an opposition coalition led by Tan Cheng Bock are also analysed in this book.

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

The post-2018 order is an exciting time of possibilities for Malaysia. For the country's Malay community to face new challenges of the 21st century and thrive, it has to look forward and forge ahead in a progressive manner. In this updated edition of Moving Forward, Nik Nazmi pushes for a paradigm that is comfortable with diversity and democracy. With the world changing and new problems to confront, Malaysia is brought to a crossroads. The choice is clear: a limbo of mediocrity with eventual decline looming, or to move forward educationally, economically, politically and socially.

Human Rights And Democracy In Indonesia And MalaysiaHuman Rights And Democracy In Indonesia And Malaysia by Azmi Sharom; Magdalen Spooner

This book is the result of a project encompassing 15 university and civil society researchers from Malaysia and Indonesia. The objective of the project was to study democracy and human rights in both countries. The goal was not to merely describe the relationship between the two concepts but instead to examine in depth how these concepts work symbiotically and how they may be enhanced or threatened. And this was to be done not merely in the more obvious areas of intersection between human rights and democracy but also in fields that are perhaps not studied enough or studied more commonly from different perspectives. This examination is done within the themes of freedom of expression, the judiciary, minority rights, gender and the electoral process.

Thailand: History, Politics And The Rule Of LawThailand: History, Politics And The Rule Of Law by Wise, James

This introductory book on Thai politics and the rule of law explains why chronically unstable Thailand struggles to mediate and adjudicate its political disputes. It focuses on the continuities between the pre-1932 and post-1932 periods. Since the shift to constitutional monarchy in 1932, the power of the monarch and military has endured, the legislature, electorate and, until recently, judiciary have been comparatively powerless, and constitutions and laws have been comparatively unimportant. Until governance is again re-cast, Thailand's political instability and cycle of coups will continue.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2019Southeast Asian Affairs 2019 by Cook, Malcolm; Daljit Singh (Eds.)

Southeast Asian Affairs, produced since 1974, is an annual review of significant trends and developments in the region. The emphasis is on ASEAN countries but important developments in the broader Asia-Pacific region are not ignored. The publication seeks to provide readable and easily understood analyses of major political, strategic, economic and social developments within the region.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #08: The Politics Of Thai Buddhism Under The Ncpo JuntaTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #08: The Politics Of Thai Buddhism Under The Ncpo Junta by Katewadee Kulabkaew

The past two decades have been a time of turmoil in Thailand's religious affairs. Disputes, debates and controversies concerning the administration of Buddhism, Thailand's national religion by tradition, have erupted more and more frequently. This chronic and unresolvable conflict originates from Thai Buddhists' inability to achieve a broad consensus on religious reform. Conflicts between the influential religious nationalists and the Thai Sangha convinced the military government of the need to act, for the sake of national security and political stability.

Continuity And Change After Indonesia's Reforms: Contributions To An Ongoing AssessementContinuity And Change After Indonesia's Reforms: Contributions To An Ongoing Assessement by Lane, Max (Ed.)

This book addresses one of the most crucial questions in Southeast Asia: did the election in Indonesia in 2014 of a seemingly populist-oriented president alter the hegemony of the political and economic elites? Was it the end of the paradox that the basic social contradictions in the country's substantial capitalist development were not reflected in organized politics by any independent representation of subordinated groups, in spite of democratization?" - Professor Olle T?rnquist, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo

Indonesian Economy In Transition, The: Policy Challenges In The Jokowi Era And BeyondIndonesian Economy In Transition, The: Policy Challenges In The Jokowi Era And Beyond by Hill, Hal; Siwage Dharma Negara (Eds.)

By any indicator, Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation on earth, is a development success story. Yet 20 years after a deep economic and political crisis, it is still in some respects an economy in transition. Indonesia also faces many daunting challenges - how to achieve faster economic growth along with more attention to environment sustainability, how to achieve more equitable development outcomes, how to develop and nurture stronger institutional foundations, and much else.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #07: Whither Myanmar's Garment Sector?Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #07: Whither Myanmar's Garment Sector? by Freeman, Nick J.

The EU has threatened to suspend Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) status for Myanmar, under which the country's exports can enter Europe without any tariffs or quotas. The official reason cited by the EU is a growing concern over human rights violations and issues around labour rights in Myanmar. Whether or not the EU decides to withdraw GSP status, Myanmar's garment sector faces a number of challenges. How Myanmar's policymakers and garment industry leaders respond to global industry trends will be just as important, in the long run, in determining the sector's commercial sustainability.