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Malaysia: the 2020 putsch for Malay Islam supremacy


Chin, J, Malaysia: the 2020 putsch for Malay Islam supremacy, The Round Table, 109, (3) pp. 288-297. ISSN 0035-8533 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00358533.2020.1760495


Many people were surprised by the sudden fall of Mahathir Mohamad and the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government on 21 February 2020, barely two years after winning the historic May 2018 general elections. This article argues that the fall was largely due to the following factors: the ideology of Ketuanan Melayu Islam (Malay Islam Supremacy); the Mahathir-Anwar dispute; Mahathirís own role in trying to reduce the role of the non-Malays in the government; and the manufactured fear among the Malay polity that the Malays and Islam were under threat. It concludes that the majority of the Malay population, and the Malay establishment, are not ready to share political power with the non-Malays.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Malaysia, history, political development, Mahathir
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Multicultural services
UTAS Author:Chin, J (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:139663
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-06-25
Last Modified:2021-01-27

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