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“Sebutan Baku and the need to redefine the limits of culture” Annaliza Bakri      Efforts to standardize the Malay language have generally revolved around the introduction of standardized pronunciation, commonly referred to as sebutan baku. Operating on the phonemic principle, sebutan baku prescribes that words be pronounced according to how it has been spelt. […]

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“Living the lives of Hanyut”: The Construction of Malay Youth Delinquency in Singapore Siti Hazirah Binte Mohamad[1]   Introduction In the 2005 National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong dedicated the Malay-language portion of his speech to addressing the rising problems of teenage pregnancy and dysfunctional families within the Malay community. Expressing his concern […]

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“Ideology and Utopia in Al Imam” Fairoz Ahmad   Al-Imam was the first reformist Islamic periodical to appear in Southeast Asia. Published on a monthly basis, it ran from July 1906 to December 1908. That the periodical appeared in Singapore instead of Malaysia or Indonesia was due to Singapore’s strategic position as “a hub in […]

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“API, AWAS, GERAM: Shamsiah Fakeh’s struggle for Malaya’s independence” Nurhaizatul Jamil         “The nation’s independence is the first step toward women’s liberation.”[1]   “Who is the terrorist? The British colonizers accused those who went into the jungle to engage in armed resistance of being “Communist Terrorists.” Indeed, that was the tactic of […]

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“Remembering the Malay Left” Fadli Fawzi   A tale of three citizens In October of 2014, in conjunction with state’s re-printing of Lee Kuan Yew’s Battle for Merger (1962) in order to reconfirm its narrative of the PAP triumph over the dark forces of communism, the name ‘Laniaz’ was resurrected by the local Malay paper, […]

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“Reading Resistance in the Malay Heritage Centre” Khairulanwar Zaini   As the institutional custodian of Malay heritage in Singapore,[1] the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC) negotiates between the imperatives of group memory and national consciousness. This positioning play is however not peculiar to the MHC: most ethnographic museums situated in plural societies confront a similar challenge. […]

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“The Absent Mother: Malay Cinema, Cultural Memory and Mediated Spectatorship” Alfian Bin Sa’at   Resisting Multiracial Scripting In the year 2006, the National Museum of Singapore Film Gallery commissioned Singaporean filmmaker Royston Tan to produce a montage sequence from archived footage of Malay films produced during what was known as the Shaw-Cathay-Keris studio era. This […]

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“Yang Tersirat”  Fadli Fawzi and Khairulanwar Zaini   As an ideological apparatus, state multiracialism in Singapore brackets our cultural identities into the neat and static categories of the CMIO framework. This development of what Michael Barr has termed ‘ethnic silos’ has significant repercussions on issues of identity and representation. In tandem with the limited spaces […]

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