Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0962-6298(01)00071-3
Title: (Re)positioning Malaysia: High-tech networks and the multicultural rescripting of national identity
Authors: Bunnell, T. 
Keywords: Malaysia
Multicultural
National identity
Transnationalism
Issue Date: 2002
Source: Bunnell, T. (2002). (Re)positioning Malaysia: High-tech networks and the multicultural rescripting of national identity. Political Geography 21 (1) : 105-124. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0962-6298(01)00071-3
Abstract: Transnational processes and imaginings valorise the putative cultural networks, connections and affinities of Malaysia's 'non-Malay' (Indian and Chinese) communities. In this paper, I argue that this signals neither the end of nation building-which naturalised such communal difference in the first place-nor of the nation-state as a social, political and economic actor. Rather, attention is given to discursive practices through which the state seeks to 'reposition' Malaysia in/for the 'networked' information economy and society. Multicultural 'rescripting' of the nation/national identity is thus highlighted as part of broader state strategies to negotiate, facilitate and capitalise upon transnational phenomena. Increasing state emphasis on multiculturalism unsettles Malay-centred constructions of post-colonial national identity. However, the paper cautions against a celebration of the high-profile accorded to multiculturalism in 'information age' Malaysia. The Malay' special position' continues and the lowering of ethnic barriers in various domains remains dependent upon domestic political contest. In addition, the socio-economic benefits of less Malay-centred state means of development associated with Malaysia's 'k-economy' push are highly uneven. Non-Malays wooed to the high-tech showcase Multimedia Super Corridor are a highly-skilled professional elite. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Political Geography
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/22164
ISSN: 09626298
DOI: 10.1016/S0962-6298(01)00071-3
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