A divided nation: Malay political dominance, bumiputera material advancement and national identity in Malaysia

Vejai Balasubramaniam

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Abstract

National identity in Malaysia is defined by Malay culture and politically associated with ethno-nationalism whose goal is material advancement of bumiputera in general and Malay-bumiputera in particular. The process entailed a restructuring strategy to transform the ethnically defined occupational structure and increase bumiputera ownership of the country's corporate wealth to 30 per cent by 1990. To be sure, Malaysia had by turn of the century entered the services stage and expanded the ranks of the middle class. The continued popularity of UMNO (United Malays National Organization) indicates that Malay ethno-nationalist aspirations and its definition of national identity is still relevant. Malaysia thus remains a nation with a divided polity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-48
Number of pages14
JournalNational Identities
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

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A divided nation : Malay political dominance, bumiputera material advancement and national identity in Malaysia. / Balasubramaniam, Vejai.

In: National Identities, Vol. 9, No. 1, 03.2007, p. 35-48.

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