Era of Transition: Malaysia after Mahathir

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Review

"Era of Transition, a collection of Dr Ooi Kee Beng's previously published commentaries, provides one of the best informed analyses on the Abdullah administration's performance in the first 24 months. The main thread that holds the collection together is Ooi's emphasis that the Mahathir's legacy is complex and complicated, leaving the Abdullah's administration with the struggle to limit collateral damage, in areas such as human rights, corruption, money politics, the handling of political Islam, and key administration" (Singapore Journal of Legal Studies).

About the Publication

This is a collection of opinion pieces written by Ooi Kee Beng and published in the mass media after Abdullah Badawi became Malaysia's Prime Minister in October 2004. The articles analyse the many difficult aspects of leadership that have been facing Abdullah Badawi over the last two years. The book discusses the country's underlying problems, the dilemma involved in succeeding Mahathir Mohamad, and draws conclusions about nation building in general. The leading party and its many weaknesses and strengths, the role of Malaysian Islam and the growing importance of regionalism and globalisation are also discussed.
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          

Contents

Preliminary pages
I. ON UMNO AND MALAYSIA
1. Umno smoothly alters the Malay agenda
2. Fighting the money game in Umno elections
3. A year of ruling comfortably
4. "Queuing the crowd" strikes at the heart of corruption
5. Time for Umno to rise above ethnic politics
6. After the honeymoon comes dialogue
7. Interfaith dialogue need not be destabilising
8. How to understand post-Mahathir Malaysia
9. Slow or fast? Abdullah needs to be nimble with reforms
10. Umno should look within -- not at PAS
11. Shoring up the support pillar
12. A case for tension between state and Umno
13. A new Malaysian storyline
14. Affirmative action part of economic progress
15. Inter-ethnic unity needs political cooperation
16. Debate can help define history
17. Umno and the price of success
18. NEP: Never-Ending Programme?
19. Shifting into third gear for his thid year
20. All eyes on Kelantan by-election
21. Seize the moment to reform the police
22. Umno-PAS polarity seems to be fading
23. Malaysia's thin line between state and faith
24. Too much consociationalism for Malaysia's own good
II: ON ISLAM AND NATION BUILDING
25. Adapting Islam to modern statehood
26. Islam as a tool of modernization
27. Taking Islam Hadhari global
III. ON REGIONALISM AND GLOBALISATION
28. Politics flounders in wake of nature's fury
29. Resolving differences in disaster's wake
30. A historic opportunity for Asean unity
31. It must be about helping people
32. Chance for Asean countries to rally together
33. Strong KL-Singapore ties can boost Asean cohesion
34. Much at stake at the East Asia Summit
35. Myanmar question, Asean dilemma
36. The world's just a circle in a spiral
37. No mutualism, no regionalism
38. Regionalism hinges on national stability
39. Breaking down colonialism's walls
Index

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