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Floating on a Malayan Breeze
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Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore

Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh

Abstract

What happens after a country splits apart? After the separation of Singapore from Malaysia forty-seven years ago, the two countries have developed along their own paths since then. Malaysia has given preference to the majority Malay Muslims—the bumiputera, or sons of the soil. Singapore, meanwhile, has tried to build a meritocracy—ostensibly colour-blind, yet more encouraging perhaps to some Singaporeans than to others. How have these policies affected ordinary people? How do these two divergent nations now see each other and the world around them? Seeking answers to these questions, two Singa ... More

Keywords: Bumiputera, Separation, Policies, Singapore, Malaysia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139316
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139316.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh, author