Liberal and Structural Ethnic Political Accommodation in Malaysia

N. Ganesan

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277629
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603303 | DOI:
Liberal and Structural Ethnic Political Accommodation in Malaysia

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This chapter examines the political evolution of Malaysia in relation to minority communities, and compares the Malaysian experience to Western liberal theories of multiculturalism. The first three sections of the chapter focus on the important eras in the political history of the Malaysian model: colonization and migration, political independence, and the 1969 ethnic riots and resulting policy initiatives. The final section explores the constitutional and structural opportunities and constraints facing minority groups, and their relation to Western liberal theories. It is argued that Malaysia practices minority rights within the framework of Western liberalism, which is both a boon and a bane for minority communities.

Keywords: Malaysia; minorities; multiculturalism; colonization; independence; ethnic riots; minority policy; minority rights; Western liberalism

Chapter.  6870 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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