Book Chapters

Malaysia: Gangster Boogie, Bosses And Politics

In F.Allum and S.Gilmour, Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics, Chapter 26 Edward Elgar 29 March, 2019

This chapter focuses specifically on the relationship between the organisation PEKIDA and its satellites, and the former ruling party UMNO (1957-2018). It explains the phenomenon in the context of the Prime Ministers Abdullah Badawi and Najib Razak governements' era, from 2008 to 2016. This analysis is based on extensive field research and interviews; it deliberately gives a greater place to ethnography and analytical descriptions in order to give a clear perspective to a wider audience.

The Real World? Fabricating Legitimacy in a Semi-Authoritarian State

In S.Lemiere, Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People (Europe and Americas Edition), Chapter 5

August 15, 2018

In the social sciences, the role of emotion in politics is not a new axis but is only starting to be taken up as a possibility in the study of political phenomena (Braud 1996); the notion of ‘illusion’ and the performance and fabrication of legitimacy have yet to be explored. This chapter looks at the longevity of UMNO’s rule and offers an explanation for the stability of Malaysian political power by exploring the imagination and fabrication of power and politics.

This chapter develops the idea of the political fabrication of reality through the orchestration of the collective imaginary. An analysis of the Syrian state and propaganda prior to 2011 in a comparative perspective will show how, despite popular contentions leading to civil conflict and international war, the regime has been able to maintain itself through a fabrication of legitimacy and a construction of power.

Gangsta & Politics in Malaysia

In S.Lemiere, Misplaced Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People, Chapter 5 SIRD, 2014

This chapter is a short exploration of the relationship between political parties, and more specifically UMNO, and gangs through the case study of Pekida. The articulation of this relationship is the central concept of this study: we define it as 'connivance militancy'.

Conversion and Controversy: Reshaping the Boundaries of Malaysian Pluralism

In J.Finucane and M.Feener, Proselytizing and the Limits of Religious Platform in Contemporary Asia, Chapter 10, Springer, 05 September 2013

In Malaysia, the political articulation and social perception of religion, more specifically of proselytism and conversion, are at the source of recurrent tensions between religious groups, and jeopardize the balance of this plural society. The first part of this paper explores the reality of Malaysian religious pluralism from a legal perspective, focusing in particular on the space occupied by Islam in the public sphere, and the management of religious diversity by state institutions and the judiciary. The second part of this paper explains the political aspects of faith propagation and conversion. This paper shows that the tensions and controversies arising from these two issues reveal the ambiguities and, ultimately, the failure of governmental efforts to manage interreligious relations. The fundamental aim of this chapter is to understand the socio-political impact of conversion and proselytism, and the political implications of proselytism.

Cracks in the Mosaic: The rise of Ethno-religious Groups in Malaysia

In "Religious Norms in the Public Sphere" - Ebook Berkeley in 2011