Satu Malaysia: An Overview of Human Rights and Multiculturalism in Malaysia

  • 2012

Satu Malaysia: An Overview of Human Rights and Multiculturalism in Malaysia

Author:
John Reiss
Abstract:

This research project is a historical, political, economic, and sociological analysis of how favorable rights and special privileges accorded to Malaysia’s dominant ethnic group, the Malays, violate the human rights of the country’s non-Malay citizens.

After a historical overview, the paper analyzes not only how government policy affects human rights and interethnic relations in Malaysia, but also how the different ethnic groups interact with one another today within social, economic, and political contexts. Along the way it is demonstrated that Malaysia’s citizens of Chinese and Indian descent feel the same love for their country as the Malays, and that current policy hampers both human rights and the creation of national identity.