Malaysia: The Cost of Race Economics

Race in Malaysia is not a black and white matter. The very notion of “race” has its roots in the colonial past, not inthe cosmopolitan and creole histories of the Malay sultanates. Hence there is no adequate word for it in the Malay language. As any school textbook will tell you, race was used as a tool of colonial divide and rule. Racial groups, it is said, were pitted against each other by [...]