Essays on The Ideological Roots Of Malaysia’s GE-13
Editor: Azly Rahman
New Pb336 pp.
“Azly Rahman’s Dark Spring is a book about evolution. He has strived to take us out of the shadows of Plato’s cave, into the freedom of an emancipated Malaysian society free of hegemony, repression, and suppression. However, as Azly has eluded, there is so much to do in Malaysia if the country is going to re-vegetate the barren lands that have been stripped for decades, and regenerate the Malaysian mind to face the emerging national and global challenges ahead.
Malaysia must move from a rent-seeking ‘feudal-cracy’ benefitting the few, to a modern and progressive society where sustainability and adaptation rather than corruption and the rape of wealth from the premise behind public policy and administration, by people who are truly altruistic and patriotic to the land we know as Malaysia.
This Malaysian reckoning is avant-garde, but at the same time it is proudly very traditional, deeply attached to rewritten historical narratives of shared heritage.
This is one of the most insightful contributions to the sociology of Malaysian society and should be read by all who have a stake in the country’s future. …”
International Advisor to the 4th Media, Beijing, China
International Advisor to Diplomatic Insight, Islamabad, Pakistan
Associate Professor University Malaysia Perlis
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.