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Rethinking Consociationalism and Coalition Politics in Malaysia

Jalal Nore, Abdul Wahed Jalal Nore (2022) Rethinking Consociationalism and Coalition Politics in Malaysia. Journal of Islam in Asia, Vol 19. No 2 (2).

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National unity and integration are among the most critical problems that Malaysia have faced and continue to face. The central concern is not the differences that exist in societies per se but the nature of the relationships among people characterised by distinct ethnicities, religions and socioeconomic classes and multiple identities, living within the nation. These relationships range from harmonious and functional to acrimonious and dysfunctional. In general, legal approaches are commonly used in order to regulate the behaviour of groups towards each other. Many countries have constitutional provisions or enact national laws and regulations that provide for equality and non-discrimination or to protect the rights of certain groups. Various other measures are also taken. While necessary, legal approaches are limited in what they can achieve. They define some of the boundaries that may not be crossed but do not remove negative worldviews, attitudes and beliefs that motivate hatred animosity and unfriendly actions among groups. Could it be said that national unity and integration means the creation of a mental state and eliminate in which everyone will place "national interest well above communal, religious, linguistic or local interests". This is only possible when each group feels that they will get a square deal and have no fear of domination by others. Such a mental climate could be seen to prevail when intolerance, fear and inferiority complex are minimised or eliminated. Creating such a mental climate also largely depends on the relationships among and behaviour of the political leaders in the society. Therefore, it is important to start examine and analyse (1) The current state of play – what are we doing right and wrong?; (2) What do we want to see in an integrated and united Malaysia?; and (3) How do we craft a Malaysian ethos of unity and cohesiveness?

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consociational Democracy, Rethinking, Integration & Unity, Cohesiveness, Craft,
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fundamental and Inter-Disciplinary Studies (Effective: 5th Feb 2014)
Depositing User: Abdulwahed Jalal Nori
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2022 15:37
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2022 15:38
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/102038

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