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Title: The Quest for Leadership Legitimacy among Singapore Malays
Authors: Mutalib, H. 
Keywords: Leadership
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Citation: Mutalib, H. (2012-04). The Quest for Leadership Legitimacy among Singapore Malays. Asian Journal of Political Science 20 (1) : 70-85. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Much has been written about the problems and concerns affecting the Malay ethnic minority in Singapore. These include issues such as their socio-economic situation, relatively low educational performance, and increasing incidences of social ailments like high rates of drug addiction, divorce and youth delinquency. In the context of Singapore's multiracial and multi-religious fabric, little has been articulated about what is here argued to be a core issue of the 'Malay plight', namely, the legitimacy of the Malay political leadership. Apparently both the ruling-party-affiliated Malay politicians and their Malay opposition counterpart have been at odds with their perceptions and predispositions towards this particular issue. It is here that a bold, albeit controversial, alternative model called the 'collective leadership', was publicly goaded by the Association of Malay/Muslim Professionals in both their 1990 and 2000 National Conventions, which requires due consideration. Perhaps at a time of a changing Singapore society, this alternative or its variant could go some way towards mitigating, if not resolving, the long-standing Malay plight, and thus, benefit not only the Malay minority itself, but Singapore as a whole. © 2012 Copyright Editors and Editorial Board, Asian Journal of Political Science.
Source Title: Asian Journal of Political Science
ISSN: 02185377
DOI: 10.1080/02185377.2012.673863
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