The politics of nation-building has always been a central issue in Malaysia. Whilst the country has been able to sustain a relatively stable politics since the 1969 tragedy, and hence generate a rapid economic development (at least until the 1997 Asian economic crisis and later in the post 2008 General Election), the project of nation-building remains a basic national agenda yet to be fully resolved. The book explores the delicate process of nation-building in Malaysia in the post 1970s, especially in the context of the vision constructing the Bangsa Malaysia or ‘a united Malaysian nation’ enshrined in Mahathir’s Vision 2020 project which was introduced in 1991. It discusses the underlying socio-political parameters that shape and influence the politics of nation-building in the country and the construction of Bangsa Malaysia. As such, the book provides an alternative perspective in the analysis of ethnic relations and nation-building in Malaysia, thus broadens the understanding of Malaysian politics and society.
“I am sure the book with its academic inputs and extensive research will provide readers a better insight and understanding of what the Bangsa Malaysia is all about, its concept and its objectives… We can hope, dream and even pray for it.…”
- Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad -
Name: Mohamed Mustafa Ishak
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Mohamed Mustafa Ishak is a professor of politics and international studies at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). He holds a PhD in Political Sociology from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom and MA (Politics) from the University of York, United Kingdom. He earned his BA (Hons) Political Science from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
His PhD research was about nationalism in Malaysia. He has written several books and articles in various journals as well as in the local and international media. One of his books entitled Politik dan Pemerintahan Negara has become a required reference in local institutions of higher learning.
As an expert the politics of Malaysia and Southeast Asia, he is often referred to by various parties within and outside the country for his perspectives on political and international affairs.