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Séminaire "Dialogues entre recherches classiques et actuelles sur l'Asie du Sud-Est"

jeudi 16 décembre de 10h30 à 12h30 - visioconférence : https://webinaire3.ehess.fr/b/sor-dq5-jcf

Khoo Boo Teik (Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan) - "Parlous Malaysian Politics: Social Divides and Political Implosions."
la prochaine séance du séminaire "Dialogues entre recherches classiques et actuelles sur l'Asie du Sud-Est", le jeudi 16 décembre de 10h30 à 12h30 en visioconférence https://webinaire3.ehess.fr/b/sor-dq5-jcf, nous aurons le plaisir d'accueillir Khoo Boo Teik (Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan) pour un exposé intitulé "Parlous Malaysian Politics: Social Divides and Political Implosions." Pour mettre en perspective cette communication, nous lirons "The Grand Vision : Mahathir and Modernisation" de Khoo Kay Jin, disponible dans le dossier Nextcloud du séminaire (https://mesdocuments.aria.ehess.fr/s/QLXNjBDAQDk3iGf).

Résumé
Dr Mahathir Mohamad was Prime Minister of Malaysia from July 1981 to October 2003, and again from May 2018 to February 2020. In contrast to his first 22-year tenure, there have been five changes of government in eighteen years since he left office in 2003, with each change taking place under controversy and instability. To analyse this problem of contemporary Malaysian politics I have referred to an underlying ‘parlous condition of Malay politics’ marked by long and deep divisions within the Malay political class. But what underlies this parlous condition that now affects Malaysian politics as a whole? My recent studies trace a complex dynamic of political tension and implosion among Malay elites to social divides against a background of changing Malay capitalism. Some antecedents of the present condition may be traced to the grave 1987 split in the ruling party, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). Most academic views only saw personal contests for power then. In his essay, ‘The Grand Vision : Mahathir and Modernisation’ (1992), however, Khoo Khay Jin examines contradictions of state policy, class formation, and political leadership that were condensed in the crisis of the ruling party that subsequently entangled major sections of society. For my studies of later political crises, I found Khoo Khay Jin’s pioneering essay to be exemplary in its masterly grasp of a conjuncture which he captures with depth and subtlety. In this seminar, I shall recall Khoo Khay Jin’s insights before discussing some ideas in my own publications – Beyond Mahathir: Malaysian Politics and its Discontents (2003), Malay Politics: Parlous Condition, Persistent Problems (2020), The Making of Anwar Ibrahim’s ‘Humane Economy’ (2020) and The Unrealized Mahathir-Anwar Transitions : Social Divide and Political Consequences (2021). I hope thereby to pay a tribute to a profound text but also the memory of its author, an old friend, who died ten years ago on 22 December 2011.

Données biographiques
Khoo Boo Teik was born, bred and schooled in George Town, Penang, Malaysia before studying at universities in the USA and Australia. Khoo is Professor Emeritus, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, and Research Fellow Emeritus, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan. He was Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, from September to November 2020 and April to September 2021. Among his recent books is States and Societies in Motion : Essays in Honour of Takashi Shiraishi (2020) which he co-edited with Jafar Suryomenggolo. 

Texte référence
Khoo Kay Jin. "The Grand Vision : Mahathir and Modernisation" in Kahn, Joel S et Francis Loh Kok Wah. Fragmented Vision : Culture and Politics in Contemporary Malaysia. Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 1992, pp. 44–76.
 
Lectures complémentaires
Khoo, Boo Teik. Beyond Mahathir: Malaysian Politics and its Discontents. London & New York, Zed Books, 2003.
ISEAS - Trends in Southeast Asia
Khoo, Boo Teik. Malay Politics: Parlous Condition, Persistent Problems (2020), https://www.iseas.edu.sg/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/TRS17_20.pdf
Khoo, Boo Teik. The Making of Anwar Ibrahim’s ‘Humane Economy’ (2020)
Khoo, Boo Teik. The Unrealized Mahathir-Anwar Transitions: Social Divide and Political Consequences (2021)

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