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How Indonesia sees ASEAN and the world : a cursory survey of the social studies and history textbooks of Indonesia, from primary to secondary level
Over the past few years Indonesia’s political landscape has altered somewhat as a result of the rise of new nationalist NGOs and mass movements, that have called upon the Indonesian government to take a ...
Malaysian elections : time for anti-party-hopping rule?
As Malaysia’s 13th general election draws near, there is growing concern about party-hopping by elected representatives. Malaysian civil society groups are calling for a mechanism to put an end to this undemocratic practice.
The 1Malaysia project : uniting and dividing at the same time
In the lead-up to the 13th General Elections in Malaysia, which remains divided along ethnic, religious and linguistic lines. Prime Minister Najib Razak has been promoting the idea of ‘1Malaysia’ as an inclusive nationalist ...
Indonesian nationalism : between the bellicose and the inclusive
An Indonesian presidential candidate’s call for nationalism in handling national issues should be seen in the context of internal challenges to the republic’s unitary constitution from regional and religious sectors.
The Forum Betawi Rempug (FBR) of Jakarta : an ethnic-cultural solidarity movement in a globalising Indonesia
Post-Suharto Indonesia has witnessed many significant changes to its socio-political landscape, with new political parties emerging and new socio-political demands being made by local actors that include NGOs and ...
Is Malaysia ready for an islamist prime minister?
The call PAS members for their party leader to Prime Minister should the Pakatan Rakyat coalition win power at the next general election raises two questions: will it erode non-Malay support for the opposition coalition ...