Ethnic relations and islam in the federal constitution

An analysis on the Malaysian university students' perceptions

Nazri Muslim, Rozita Ibrahim, Ahmad Hidayat Buang, Zaharah Hassan, Abdul Latif Samian

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This paper presents the findings from quantitative research on Malaysian university students' perceptions on Islam in the Federal Constitution. Most of the studies on the Malaysia's Federal Constitution, thus far, have concentrated on the legal, historical and political aspects. Hence, this study provides a new perspective by investigating the everyday social reality of the constitution as understood by the Malaysian public. This study focuses on an aspect that is crucial in the Malaysian multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, i.e. the status of Islam as the official religion as stipulated in the Federal Constitution. A total number of 800 respondents from four local public universities participated in this study. Data gathered from the questionnaires were analysed using the statistical package SPSS. Descriptive statistics, i.e. frequency, percentage, mean, cross-tabulation and correlation coefficient, were utilised to describe the respondents' background and to evaluate the levels of knowledge, understanding and acceptance on the status of Islam in the Federal Constitution. The findings indicate that the levels of knowledge, understanding and acceptance are generally high. However, there are significant differences in the levels of knowledge, understanding and acceptance across different ethnic groups and educational backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-320
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Volume18
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Islam
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local public
social reality
SPSS
quantitative research
descriptive statistics
Malaysia
ethnic group
Religion
questionnaire

Keywords

  • Ethnic relations
  • Federal constitution
  • Higher education
  • Islam
  • Malaysia

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  • Education

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