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The Emerging Virtual Civil Society in Malaysia: A First Glance

The article asks: how the Internet contributes and enhances the struggles and development of civil society in Malaysia? It argues that the social conditions of restriction and suppression provoke the use of Internet as a mean of social action. Virtual space is providing new forms of political participation that feel fulfilling, effective and connected. In the virtual world we have another kind of discourse which is decentralized in its nature and totally different from the real world.  Publication: 4th International Malaysian Studies Conference; 3-5 August 2004, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi.  Author: Tan, Lee Onloi.  [Download]
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Public Demonstrations in Malaysia: The Government Bites Back

In fact, for a country without an ideology, the depth to which daily life in Malaysia has been politicised is dumbfounding – until one remembers that the issue of Malay rights, accompanied by a steady process of Islamisation, could not but have over the decades configured all major decision-making processes. It is therefore all the more amazing that the current administration under Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, heir to this veritable tradition of sophisticated statecraft, should be handling the present spate of public demonstrations in the capital of Kuala Lumpur in such a clumsy manner.  Publication: Opinion Asia, 14 Dec 2007.  Author:  Ooi, Kee Beng.  [Download]

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