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Title: Malaysian Identity in 2015, Malay Sources
Authors: Humairah Zainal
Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir
Keywords: Bumiputera
Cooperative (economic, social, political)
Democratic
Developed
Economic growth
Educated
Fair
Islam
Malay hegemony
Multiracial
Nationalistic
Patriotic
Peaceful
Progressive
Safe
Significant other (Britain)
Significant other (Japan)
Significant other (neighbouring countries like Singapore, Indonesia)
Social welfarist
United
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: National University of Singapore
Citation: Humairah Zainal, Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir (2019). Malaysian Identity in 2015, Malay Sources : 1-18. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Based on an interpretive discourse analysis of elite and mass texts, the six most salient identity categories of Malaysian identity in 2015 are: “Bumiputera sovereignty”, “peaceful leader”, “developed country”, “nationalistic”, “Britain, Japan and neighbouring countries as significant others”, and “responsible leader”. Malaysia’s predominant discourse of national identity is the sovereignty of the Bumiputeras, which refer to the Malays and indigenous populations of Sabah and Sarawak. Constitutionally, these groups would have access to the privileges that are not extended to non-Bumiputeras. This discourse is featured in both positive and neutral terms in the texts. With the exception of “Britain, Japan and some neighbouring countries”, the category of which is discussed negatively, all the other categories carry a positive valence. Overall, there are no challenger discourses for the top 20 identity categories. Instead, elite-mass consensus emerges for categories such as “development”, “peace”, “safety” and “multiracialism”.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/236085
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