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Communalism, law and state power: the limits of political change in Malaysia

Mohamad, Marzuki


Communalism has been a central feature of Malaysian politics. Communal identity and competing communal interests formed the basis of Malaysia's "constitutional contract" agreed upon by leaders of major communal groups - Malays, Chinese and Indians - on the eve of independence in 1957. Contrary to the liberal notion of social contract, the communally-based constitutional contract had been tilted toward serving competing communal interests rather than promoting individual liberties. Continuing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d7784a0ce083


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