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Launch of Bangsa Melayu : Malay Concepts of Democracy & Community

Event Details

Date: 13th September 2015
Venue: Rumah Gerakbudaya
Time: 2:00pm

SIRD cordially invite you to the launch of ‘Bangsa Melayu : Malay Concepts of Democracy and Community, 1945–1950‘ as follows:

Date : 13 September 2015, Sunday
Time : 2:30pm
Venue : Rumah Gerakbudaya
No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya (Location map)

The book will be launched by Prof Emeritus Abdul Rahman Embong of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The author, Dr. Ariffin Omar, is Penang Senator, former Associate Professor in History of USM and co-founder of Aliran.

In conjunction of the book launch, SIRD will organise a public forum titled “Nation Building, Nationalism and Nationality” at 3:00pm. The panel speakers are Dr Ariffin Omar, Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim, who is former De Facto Minister of Law and prominent lawyer, Prof. Aziz Bari, a constitutional law expert and lecturer at Universiti Selangor.

The years immediately after the Second World War were critical in the remaking of Southeast Asian societies. Bangsa Melayu is an innovative study of political ideology in two related but distinct Malay communities in peninsular Malaya and East Sumatra at this time of tremendous political ferment.

Prior to this period the kerajaan – monarchies headed by the sultans – had been central to Malay political culture and identity. With the rise of nationalism, contestation over nationality and the emergence of nation states in the making, new alternatives became available to the Malays.

In peninsular Malaya bangsa Melayu (Malay ethnic identity) appeared as a focus of loyalty and community, taking precedence over kerajaan. Meanwhile, in Sumatra the advent of an all-embracing Indonesian republic led to the complete destruction of the monarchical system.

In this new edition of a classic book, Ariffin Omar focuses on the basic differences in thinking, temperament and attitude between the two groups of Malays which led to markedly different political outcomes. It will be of enormous appeal to all those interested in the history of ideas and the politics of ethnicity.

Admission is free. Please RSVP by filling up registration form here :

Enquiry : Yap at 03-79578342 / 012-2658448

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