1st Edition

Law and Society in Malaysia Pluralism, Religion and Ethnicity

Edited By Andrew Harding, Dian A. H. Shah Copyright 2018
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    258 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides a systematic and interdisciplinary examination of law and legal institutions in Malaysia. It examines legal issues from historical, social, and political perspectives, and discusses the role of law in relation to Malaysian multiculturalism, religion, politics, and society. It shows how the Malaysian legal system is at the heart of debates about how to deal with the country's problems, which include ethnic and religious divisions, uneven and unsustainable development, and political authoritarianism; and it argues that the Malaysian legal system has much to teach other plural polities, nations within the common law tradition, and federal states.

    List of tables

    List of contributors



    1   The Creation of Greater Malaysia: Law, Politics, Ethnicity, and Religion

    Kevin Y. L. Tan

    2   Malaysia’s Blocked Social Contract Debate

    Rueban Ratna Balasubramaniam

    3   Dimensions of Ketuanan Melayu in the Malaysian Constitutional Framework

    Wilson T. V. Tay

    4   ‘Nazrinian’ Monarchy in Malaysia: The Resilience and Revival of a Traditional Institution

    Andrew Harding

    5   The Particular in the Universal: Negotiating the Right to Education and Cultural-Linguistic Rights of Minority Children in East Malaysia

    Jaclyn L. C. Neo

    6   Legal Pluralism in Malaysia: The Case of Iban Native Customary Rights in Sarawak

    Yogeswaran Subramaniam

    7   Religion, Conversions, and Custody: Battles in the Malaysian Appellate Courts

    Dian A. H. Shah

    8   The Rise of 'Islamic' Sexual Morality and State Power in Malaysia

    Tan Beng Hui

    9   Justice and Enforcement Agencies Personnel in Malaysia and their Views on Domestic Violence, Marriage, and Religion

    Noraida Endut and Intan Hashimah Mohamed Hashim

    10   Political and Religious Hegemony via the Suppression of Expression: Book Banning and Film Censorship in Malaysia

    Azmi Sharom and Saw Tiong Guan



    Andrew Harding is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

    Dian A. H. Shah is a research fellow at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), National University of Singapore, and a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Malaysia.