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Moving Forward: Malays For The 21St CenturyMoving Forward: Malays For The 21St Century by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

The post-2018 order is an exciting time of possibilities for Malaysia. For the country's Malay community to face new challenges of the 21st century and thrive, it has to look forward and forge ahead in a progressive manner. In this updated edition of Moving Forward, Nik Nazmi pushes for a paradigm that is comfortable with diversity and democracy. With the world changing and new problems to confront, Malaysia is brought to a crossroads. The choice is clear: a limbo of mediocrity with eventual decline looming, or to move forward educationally, economically, politically and socially.

Human Rights And Democracy In Indonesia And MalaysiaHuman Rights And Democracy In Indonesia And Malaysia by Azmi Sharom; Magdalen Spooner

This book is the result of a project encompassing 15 university and civil society researchers from Malaysia and Indonesia. The objective of the project was to study democracy and human rights in both countries. The goal was not to merely describe the relationship between the two concepts but instead to examine in depth how these concepts work symbiotically and how they may be enhanced or threatened. And this was to be done not merely in the more obvious areas of intersection between human rights and democracy but also in fields that are perhaps not studied enough or studied more commonly from different perspectives. This examination is done within the themes of freedom of expression, the judiciary, minority rights, gender and the electoral process.

Thailand: History, Politics And The Rule Of LawThailand: History, Politics And The Rule Of Law by Wise, James

This introductory book on Thai politics and the rule of law explains why chronically unstable Thailand struggles to mediate and adjudicate its political disputes. It focuses on the continuities between the pre-1932 and post-1932 periods. Since the shift to constitutional monarchy in 1932, the power of the monarch and military has endured, the legislature, electorate and, until recently, judiciary have been comparatively powerless, and constitutions and laws have been comparatively unimportant. Until governance is again re-cast, Thailand's political instability and cycle of coups will continue.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2019Southeast Asian Affairs 2019 by Cook, Malcolm; Daljit Singh (Eds.)

Southeast Asian Affairs, produced since 1974, is an annual review of significant trends and developments in the region. The emphasis is on ASEAN countries but important developments in the broader Asia-Pacific region are not ignored. The publication seeks to provide readable and easily understood analyses of major political, strategic, economic and social developments within the region.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #08: The Politics Of Thai Buddhism Under The Ncpo JuntaTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #08: The Politics Of Thai Buddhism Under The Ncpo Junta by Katewadee Kulabkaew

The past two decades have been a time of turmoil in Thailand's religious affairs. Disputes, debates and controversies concerning the administration of Buddhism, Thailand's national religion by tradition, have erupted more and more frequently. This chronic and unresolvable conflict originates from Thai Buddhists' inability to achieve a broad consensus on religious reform. Conflicts between the influential religious nationalists and the Thai Sangha convinced the military government of the need to act, for the sake of national security and political stability.

Continuity And Change After Indonesia's Reforms: Contributions To An Ongoing AssessementContinuity And Change After Indonesia's Reforms: Contributions To An Ongoing Assessement by Lane, Max (Ed.)

This book addresses one of the most crucial questions in Southeast Asia: did the election in Indonesia in 2014 of a seemingly populist-oriented president alter the hegemony of the political and economic elites? Was it the end of the paradox that the basic social contradictions in the country's substantial capitalist development were not reflected in organized politics by any independent representation of subordinated groups, in spite of democratization?" - Professor Olle T?rnquist, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo

Indonesian Economy In Transition, The: Policy Challenges In The Jokowi Era And BeyondIndonesian Economy In Transition, The: Policy Challenges In The Jokowi Era And Beyond by Hill, Hal; Siwage Dharma Negara (Eds.)

By any indicator, Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation on earth, is a development success story. Yet 20 years after a deep economic and political crisis, it is still in some respects an economy in transition. Indonesia also faces many daunting challenges - how to achieve faster economic growth along with more attention to environment sustainability, how to achieve more equitable development outcomes, how to develop and nurture stronger institutional foundations, and much else.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #07: Whither Myanmar's Garment Sector?Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #07: Whither Myanmar's Garment Sector? by Freeman, Nick J.

The EU has threatened to suspend Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) status for Myanmar, under which the country's exports can enter Europe without any tariffs or quotas. The official reason cited by the EU is a growing concern over human rights violations and issues around labour rights in Myanmar. Whether or not the EU decides to withdraw GSP status, Myanmar's garment sector faces a number of challenges. How Myanmar's policymakers and garment industry leaders respond to global industry trends will be just as important, in the long run, in determining the sector's commercial sustainability.

China Imagined: From European Fantasy To Spectacular PowerChina Imagined: From European Fantasy To Spectacular Power by Lee, Gregory B.

China Imagined is a thoughtful exploration of the idea of China, from the naming and mapping of its territory and peoples to the creation and rise of the modern nation-state. China's early history describes a multilingual space, ruled by a homogeneous elite with its own minority culture - a far cry from Maoism's national mass culture, or Xi Jinping's state-controlled digital society today. Gregory Lee traces this complex, diverse entity's evolution since the Opium Wars into a China made in 'our' image.

Limits Of Authoritarian Governance In Singapore's Developmental State, TheLimits Of Authoritarian Governance In Singapore's Developmental State, The by Lily Zubaidah Rahim; Michael D. Barr (Eds.)

This book delves into the limitations of Singapore's authoritarian governance model. In doing so, the relevance of the Singapore governance model for other industrialising economies is systematically examined. Research in this book examines the challenges for an integrated governance model that has proven durable over four to five decades. The editors argue that established socio-political and economic formulae are now facing unprecedented challenges. Structural pressures associated with Singapore's particular locus within globalised capitalism have fostered heightened social and material inequalities, compounded by the ruling party's ideological resistance to substantive redistribution. As 'growth with equity' becomes more elusive, the rationale for power by a ruling party dominated by technocratic elite and state institutions crafted and controlled by the ruling party and its bureaucratic allies is open to more critical scrutiny.

Unknowers, The: How Strategic Ignorance Rules The WorldUnknowers, The: How Strategic Ignorance Rules The World by Mcgoey, Linsey

Deliberate ignorance has been known as the `Ostrich Instruction' in law courts since the 1860s. It illustrates a recurring pattern in history in which figureheads for major companies, political leaders and industry bigwigs plead ignorance to avoid culpability. So why do so many figures at the top still get away with it when disasters on their watch damage so many people's lives? Does the idea that knowledge is power still apply in today's post-truth world? Encompassing the building of industrial empires in 19th century America to the legal defences of today, The Unknowers shows that ignorance has not only long been an inherent part big business, but also that true power lies in the ability to convince others of where the boundary between ignorance and knowledge lies.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #06: Military Capitalism In Myanmar: Examining The Origins, Continuities And Evolution Of Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #06: Military Capitalism In Myanmar: Examining The Origins, Continuities And Evolution Of "Khaki Capital" by Mccarthy, Gerard

Military enterprises, ostensibly set up to feed and supply soldiers, were some of the earliest and largest Burmese commercial conglomerates, established in the 1950s. Union Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) are two profit-seeking military enterprises established by the military after the dissolution of the Burma Socialist Programme Party in 1988, which remain central players in Myanmar's post-2011 economy. Military conglomerates are a major source of off-budget revenue for the military and a main employer of retired soldiers. Yet few veterans receive more than a small piece of the profits from UMEHL. The vast bulk of formal dividends instead disproportionately benefit higher ranking officers and institutions within the Tatmadaw. More balanced civil-military relations, and fairer social outcomes for military personnel, will rely on civilian-led state institutions delivering effective and substantive welfare support beyond the commercially oriented welfare arrangements of military conglomerates.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #05: From Declaration To Code: Continuity And Change In China's Engagement With Asean On The South China SeaTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #05: From Declaration To Code: Continuity And Change In China's Engagement With Asean On The South China Sea by Hoang Thi Ha

China's engagement with ASEAN over the South China Sea exhibits a dynamic continuum with two constants: (1) Dismissal of any legally binding instrument that would constrain China's freedom of action; and (2) Persistent territorialization of the SCS despite Beijing's simultaneous diplomatic engagement with ASEAN. The continuity is juxtaposed with elements of change in China's engagement with ASEAN, as afforded by the former's growing power and influence. This metamorphosis is manifested in China's efforts to undermine ASEAN unity, robustly assert its claims in the SCS, and use economic statecraft towards ASEAN member states in return for their acquiescence.

Rational Conversations: China Is Messing With Your MindRational Conversations: China Is Messing With Your Mind by Bilahari Kausikan

Former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan highlights two global trends that can shape Singapore's future-identity politics and the rise of China-and how China is using them to influence the Singapore identity.

Rational Conversations: The Power Of A PeopleRational Conversations: The Power Of A People by Kuik Shiao-Yin

Former Nominated Member of Parliament Kuik Shiao-Yin shares the concerns of young voters and how a new generation of leaders can rise up to serve them.

Rational Conversations: The Silhouette Of OppressionRational Conversations: The Silhouette Of Oppression by Han, Kirsten

Activist and journalist Kirsten Han examines the relationship between government and political journalists in Singapore.

Headwinds And Hazards: Economic Snapshots In An Age Of PopulismHeadwinds And Hazards: Economic Snapshots In An Age Of Populism by Vikram Khanna

Headwinds and Hazards, Economic Snapshots in an Age of Populism is a collection of essays written by financial journalist and former IMF economist Vikram Khanna on economic affairs which have appeared in The Straits Times and The Business Times.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #04: The Indo-Pacific And Its Strategic Challenges: An Australian PerspectiveTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #04: The Indo-Pacific And Its Strategic Challenges: An Australian Perspective by Varghese, Peter

The shift in the framework of Australia's strategic thinking from the Asia-Pacific to the Indo-Pacific reflects the primary focus on the maritime environment in the coming decades and the expectation that over time India will become more embedded in the strategic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific. India is in the midst of a major geopolitical repositioning, as it pursues a hard-headed national interests-based policy and builds stronger strategic ties with a wide range of countries including the United States and its allies in the region.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #03: Exploring The Trade Potential Of The Dftz For Malaysia's SmesTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #03: Exploring The Trade Potential Of The Dftz For Malaysia's Smes by Tham Siew Yean & Andrew Kam Jia Yi

Malaysia established the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) to facilitate the development of e-commerce and the country's small and medium enterprises' (SMEs') exports. The data revealed thus far indicates an increasing number of SMEs coming on board the DFTZ e-commerce platforms. The overall trend signals that Malaysia is losing its bilateral revealed comparative advantage in exports to China, as well as an increasing use of imports for exporting to China. While the DFTZ facilitates both exports and imports, differing standards and customs processes in different export destinations, including China, will require Malaysian SMEs to know and understand the standards and customs processes governing imports in each export destination involved.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2019 #02: Vietnam's Industrialization Ambitions: The Case Of Vingroup And The Automotive IndustryTrends In Southeast Asia 2019 #02: Vietnam's Industrialization Ambitions: The Case Of Vingroup And The Automotive Industry by Le Hong Hiep

Vietnam has officially admitted its failure to achieve industrialized economy status by 2020. This failure is partly due to its inability to grow a strong local manufacturing base and develop key strategic industries. The participation of Vingroup, the country's largest private conglomerate, in the automotive industry has sparked new hopes for Vietnam's industrialization drive. Challenges that Vinfast faces include its unproven track record in the industry; the limited size of the national car market; the lack of infrastructure to support car usage in Vietnam; the intense competition from foreign brands; and its initial reliance on imported technologies and know-hows. However, Vinfast enjoys certain advantages in the domestic market, including the large potential of the Vietnamese automotive market; its freedom as a new automaker to define its business strategies without having to deal with legacy issues; Vingroup's sound business and financial performance and its ecosystem; strong support from the Vietnamese government; and nationalist sentiments that will encourage certain Vietnamese customers to choose its products.