Deputy Prime Minister Musa Hitam said he expected no criticism when he decided to lift an year-old ban on a book. The author is the new Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, a year-old physician, who wrote ''The Malay Dilemma'' while he was in the political wilderness in Mahathir was expelled from the governing party, the United Malay National Organization, for criticizing the leadership of Prince Abdul Rahman, the country's first Prime Minister, in connection with the fierce riots of set off by conflict between Malays and ethnic Chinese. Known for his combativeness, Dr. Mahathir developed between hard covers his theories on the delicate balance between the two principal ethnic communities -the Malays, who constitute about half of the population of 13 million, and the Chinese, nearly 40 percent.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Malay Dilemma by Mahathir Mohamad ,. In The Malay Dilemma , former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad examines and analyses the make-up of the Malays and the problem of racial harmony in Malaysia.
First published in , the book seeks to explain the causes for the 13 May riots in Kuala Lumpur. Dr Mahathir sets out his view as to why the Malays are economically backward and why they feel they must insist upo In The Malay Dilemma , former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad examines and analyses the make-up of the Malays and the problem of racial harmony in Malaysia. Dr Mahathir sets out his view as to why the Malays are economically backward and why they feel they must insist upon immigrants becoming real Malaysians speaking in due course nothing but Malay, as do immigrants to America or Australia speak nothing but the language of what the author calls "the definitive people".
He argues that the Malays are the rightful owners of Malaya. He also argues that immigrants are guests until properly absorbed, and that they are not properly absorbed until they have abandoned the language and culture of their past. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published by Times Books International first published More Details Original Title.
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May 21, Azwa Ahmad rated it liked it. Admittedly, this is a tough book for me. I wondered what had ignited such racism, the kind that existed with such revered magnitude, that it gave me a constant headache Admittedly, this is a tough book for me. I wondered what had ignited such racism, the kind that existed with such revered magnitude, that it gave me a constant headache and an ideological battle within myself I had to painstakingly endure.
He seemed to be so wrong and so right at the same time. I admired his constant attempts to shed some lights on the discussed critical issues in the book. He made history appeared inviting ever so delicately and I thanked him for that, because history has never came across my mind as a subject I would want to appreciate. Although in the preface, Tun had stated that one of his chapters The Influence of Heredity and Environment on the Malay Race could be nullified, it amazed me still of how brilliant the contexts were especially when he mentioned the history of China.
China, with its four thousand years of civilization, had to bear both natural and man-made disasters that eventually the product of such fatalities made the Chinese hardened and determined to win the battle against life. Ergo, the Chinese immigrants who flooded the Malaya were those with such firm and unshakable determination to pursue a better life, better than what they had experienced in their own land, even when they had to displace the Malays from the Malaya.
I finally managed to comprehend the Malay rights and its extension better. The focal problem of the Malay dilemma seemed to be orbiting around education. The Chinese economic hegemony could impossibly be penetrated by the Malays without a sound knowledge of the fundamentals. The Malays could not attain a proper job without an academic background that is superior to the non-Malays.
If we were to look at it from a complete different perspective, the non-Malays were the privileged lots, not the Malays. Most Malays lived in the rural areas, whilst the Chinese dominated the towns.
The one who lived in town were exposed to a sophisticated environment which had caused an even larger disparity between the town and rural folks, in terms of opportunities especially in education. The town folks had the capital, capacity and ability that enabled them access towards better education, which would grant them access towards better job prospects.
The rural folks were deprived of these. Thus, the poverty cycle or poverty loop remained and failed to be broken. The rural remains rural, emanating a behavior, characteristics and thinking of a rural people; the backward society with little chance of progressing.
To Tun, this is the quest to achieve racial equity, or at least he made it appeared as so outwardly. All those privileges that we called as the Malay rights are the manifestation of how underprivileged the Malays were that the Government needed to be accommodative in its policies to help the Malays achieve equality with the non-Malays. Without it, the Malays would totally be dislocated from its own land. Perhaps it is true what Tun had deduced in his book; The Malays failed to appreciate time and life given to them; that they, willingly yield to the limitations of life and would not do much to break the limitations.
Bring about any policy and implement them, but if the attitudes of the Malays remain unchanged, true progressivism can never be attained. Jul 04, Bookworm Amir rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. What do I think about this book? My Life, most of all. I recommend all Malays to read this book - and all Malaysians. Then, we can act to solve it. In it he also tells us how to change it and what to change - and what to kee What do I think about this book?
In it he also tells us how to change it and what to change - and what to keep. I will definitely re-read this many times over again and share it with my friends - and the public - because we all Malays and Malaysians really need to know about this.
View 2 comments. A must read by every Malaysian. This book should be read in schools. The author has biases which he admits to in the preface , and he also refuses to make apologies. It is a book written with absolute sincerity and honesty, whether you like it or not, it is the author's opinion. This book was written more than 40 years ago, long before I was born, and yet, I comprehend the dilemma and the problems pretty well.
The book is written in concise and easy language.. However, the author also draws a l A must read by every Malaysian. However, the author also draws a lot of analogies, from all over the world. Something I doubt the target audience, your average Malay or Malaysian , would understand. And so the cycle of the dilemma continues. Whether you agree or not with his views, and even though this book is so old that some stuff is practically outdated, I believe this book is still relevant in the fact that we must know the basis and underlying reasons for some of his decisions as Malaysia's leader for 22 years.
It is part of history, and anyone who has inclinations to debate and discuss racial, equality, political issues in Malaysia MUST read this book. Written by a former Malaysian Prime Minister, prior to his premiership, the book is essentially a political document with comments that are frankly unsubstantiated and I felt some of his arguments contradictory.
In the chapter "Code of Ethics and Value Systems of the Malays" he sensitively describes the Malay worldview and practices which up until that point I thought he would champion, but instead he suggests these should be ditched in favour of "some of the ways of the West" p to make the race more competitive. I had rather hoped for suggestions that were "home-grown" that supported the Malay value system but repaired it from within. As an outsider looking in, I felt Mathathir had done a great disservice to the Malay people by victimizing them and by isolating the other races within Malaysia.
Jul 21, Alicia Low rated it did not like it. I disagreed with this book in every possible way. It rambles on and on about the same points, which are steeply based in the author's own interpretations of history and society. Crude, broad generalizations and overall a terrible attempt at justifying institutionalized racism. Nov 11, Fadil rated it liked it. We are still in Dilemma View 1 comment.
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At the time of publication, Mahathir had just lost his parliamentary seat, been expelled from the ruling party UMNO and Malaysia had recently been rocked by the racial riots later known as the 13 May Incident. The book analyses Malaysian history and politics in terms of racism , and posits the following basic positions:. The dilemma thus, was whether Malays should accept this governmental aid—and Mahathir's position was that they should. Prone to sweeping statements about other races, such as describing Jews as "hook-nosed",  the book entrenched Mahathir's image as a Malay ultra chauvinist. However, Mahathir also dissects the multiple failings of his own race, and the book was intended as a solution leading away from violence towards a harmonious, integrated Malaysia albeit one where political and economic power is firmly concentrated in the hands of the Malays. Mahathir was readmitted to UMNO in and became the Prime Minister in , and in time most of the policies suggested in the book were indeed adopted by the Malaysian government, most notably in the Malaysian New Economic Policy. The dilemma was revisited in to by Mahathir and his successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi , who now argued that Malays were well on the way to catching up, and that they should now be weaned away from the " crutches " that had allowed them to compete.
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