Floating on a Malayan Breeze : Travels in Malaysia and Singapore
What happens after a country splits apart? Forty-five years ago Singapore separated from Malaysia. Since then, the two countries have developed along their own paths. Malaysia has given preference to the majority Malay Muslimsthe bumiputera, or sons of the soil. Singapore, meanwhile, has tried to build a meritocracyostensibly colour-blind, yet more encouraging perhaps to some Singaporeans than to others. How have these policies affected ordinary people? How do these two divergent nations now see each other and the world around them? Seeking answers to these questions, two Singaporeans set off to cycle around Peninsular Malaysia, armed with a tent, two pairs of clothes and a daily budget of three US dollars each. They spent 30 days on the road, cycling through every Malaysian state, and chatting with hundreds of Malaysians. Not satisfi ed, they then went on to interview many more people in Malaysia and Singapore. What they found are two countries that have developed economically but are still struggling to find their souls.
- Paperback | 324 pages
- 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
- 18 Dec 2012
- Hong Kong University Press
- Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- 25 Illustrations, unspecified
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Political Science / Asian Studies
"One of the best, and certainly one of the most enjoyable, single-volume introductions to both countries' politics, economies and societies, and to their delicate sibling relationship--part envy, part rivalry, part affection." --Simon Long, "Banyan", Asia c
About Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh
Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh is a senior editor with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). He comments on macroeconomic, political and business issues in Asia, and has written for a variety of publications, including The Economist and The Straits Times. Born in Singapore, he left after junior college and mandatory military service to study at Berkeley and Harvard. He returned home in 2005, where he lives with his wife and their two cats.