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