Penang Malays: Icons of Reform and Tolerance

By Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid

January 2017 FEATURE
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The lives of iconic Penang Malays make hugely interesting stories. Vocal, outspoken, occasionally incendiary but always significant, we need to reintroduce them to present and future generations of Malaysians.AdvertisementMuch of the discussion concerning Malays in Penang since Merdeka, spurred by the federally controlled Malay language mainstream media, has focused on their marginalisation. The alleged backwardness of Penang Malays has in fact been trumpeted so often that in the modern Malay imagination, the “Penang Malay” holds the dubious honour of being...

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Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid

is Professor of Political Science, School of Distance Education and Consultant Researcher with the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS) at Universiti Sains Malaysia. He recently completed a stint as Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore (September 1, 2015-May 31, 2016).