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Essays on Malaysia's New Politics Beyond Mahathirism and the Multimedia Super Corridor
Author: Azly Rahman
New Pb191 pp.
Author: Azly Rahman
New Pb191 pp.
Through this collection of essays on Malaysia’s ‘new politics’, Azly Rahman once again provides a superb insight into contemporary Malaysian political narratives. Throughout this collection of articles, Azly has continually posed a series of questions to the reader to think critically about issues concerning Obama-ism, Hudud, censorship and the institutionalization of Islam in an effort to break through the current shallow paradigms. Through this, Azly seeks the reader to see something better for Malaysia, beyond the current intellectual malaise the country’s opinion leaders have pushed the nation into.
Azly’s collection of articles is mandatory for anybody who is concerned about the future of Malaysia.
Professor Murray Hunter, International Advisor to the 4th Media, Beijing, China, International Advisor to Diplomatic Insight, Islamabad, Pakistan, and Associate Professor University Malaysia Perlis
There is a subtle message running through the essays, if read thoughtfully: there is an evident call to arms to Malaysians, to dislodge a political system that alienates and divides its citizens, that disrupts social harmony, and that fosters gross new inequities. As Azly argues, we, Malaysians, need to be the agents of change to bring about the ‘new politics’ that this country so badly needs. This is not a hopelessly naive plea; after all, the results of the 2008 and 2013 general elections indicate that Malaysians are angry and unmistakably aware of the problems with Malaysia’s unfair and unfree political system.…
This is imperative as the overriding idea that comes through from reading his essays - the need for a ‘new politics’ - is urgent as there have been a series of most unfortunate events occurring in Malaysia in recent times relating to issues that can be detrimental to the well-being of our country. Azly’s call to us is to condition ourselves to reject the constant divisive and conservative discourses propagated by the government which can do us irreparable harm. We must heed his call.
Professor Edmund Terence Gomez
Professor of Political-Economy, University of Malaya, Malaysia
In this fine collection of reflective essays, Azly Rahman demonstrates why he is indeed one of Malaysia’s key public intellectuals.
Presented in Azly Rahman’s typically candid and courageous style, the book touches on a range of themes from the visit of the United States president to Malaysia, to a political biographical treatise of Malaysia’s former prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to the dangers of religious extremism, and the rot in Malaysia’s educational system. There is no topic of significance to Malaysia’s political and social situation that has escaped Azly Rahman’s critical eye.
With its wealth and breadth of penetrating insights disrupting conventional discourses and offering a ‘new politics’, this is a book that no Malaysian or non-Malaysian interested in Malaysia, can or should ignore.
Professor Alberto Gomes
Professor of Anthropology and Director, Center for Dialogue, LaTrobe University, Australia
Dr. Azly Rahman grew up in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and holds a Columbia University (New York City) doctorate in International Education Development and multiple Masters degrees in the fields of Education, International Affairs, Peace Studies and Communication, and recently completed a fifth and sixth in Creative Writing (Memoir and Fiction). He has written more than 400 analyses/opinion essays on Malaysia and global issues. His writings have appeared in scholarly forums in China, Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia, Greece, Montenegro, Finland, and the United States. His 30 years of teaching experience in Malaysia and the United States span over a wide range of subjects, from elementary to graduate levels, in the fields of Language, Philosophy, Politics, Education, Cultural Studies, International Relations, and Sustainable Tourism. He has edited and authored seven books; Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present, Future (2009), Thesis on Cyberjaya: Hegemony and Utopianism in a Southeast Asian State (2012), The Allah Controversy and Other Essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity (2013), Dark Spring: Essays on the Ideological Roots of Malaysia's General Elections-13 (2013), a first Malay publication Kalimah Allah Milik Siapa?: Renungan dan Nukilan Tentang Malaysia di Era Pancaroba (2014), Controlled Chaos: Essays on Mahathirism, Multimedia Super Corridor and Malaysia’s ‘New Politics’ (2014), and One Malaysia under God, Bipolar (2015). He is currently working on his eighth publication, on Gifted and Talented Education in Malaysia, honoring a prominent educator. He is also completing several manuscripts: a novel, a collection of poems, a critical analysis of Islamization in Malaysia, a collection of literary analyses, and sustainability in the modern world. He currently resides in the United States where he teaches courses in Education, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Global Issues, Sustainable Ecotourism, and American Studies.