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Malaysia and the Cold War Era

1st Edition

Edited by Ooi Keat Gin


336 pages

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From the end of the Second World War in 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, there was a great deal of turmoil, tension, and violence in what became Malaysia as a result of the 1963 Federation, upheavals included the Malayan Emergency of 1948-60, the independence of Malaya in 1957, Konfrontasi with Indonesia of 1963-66, the Philippines claim to Sabah, the Sarawak Communist Insurgency (1962-90) and the Second Malayan Emergency of 1968-89. This book breaks new ground in arguing for a longer trajectory of the Cold War tracing this phenomenon back to 1920s colonial Malaya and Sarawak. Many new research findings showing how Malaysia coped with and overcame the many trials, challenges, and difficulties are presented hence further enriching the historiography.

Table of Contents

Abu Talib bin Ahmad: From Kampung boy to Professor of History

Ooi Keat Gin

I ‘Big’ Picture and ‘Small’ Picture: An Introductory Essay

Ooi Keat Gin

II Between Left and Right: Chinese Politics in Malaya/Malaysia,


Ooi Keat Gin

III Kuomintang Man behind Special Force: Wu Tiecheng and

Force 136, 1942-1945

Tan Chee Seng

IV Anti-Japanese Movement to Haadyai Peace Accord: The Mobilization

of Malayan Women in the Malayan Communist Party (MCP)

Mahani Musa

V From Malayan Union to Malayan Emergency: Nationalists’ Resistance

and Colonial Reaction in Post-war Malaya, 1946-1948

Azmi Arifin

VI Malaysia, the Cold War, and Beyond

Ooi Keat Gin

VII Philippines Claim over Sabah from the Cold War Perspective

Mat Zin Mat Kib

VIII The Regression of Malaysian Socioeconomic Policy: Rise of State

Discrimination in the Cold War Era, 1970s-1980s

Sivachandralingam Sundara Raja

IX Malaysia and the Cold War: The Longue Durée Approach

Ooi Keat Gin


1.1 Constitutional Proposals for Malaya, 1947: A Comparison


About the Editor

Ooi Keat Gin was Professor of History, and Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Research Unit (APRU), School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Since October 2019, he is an independent researcher based in George Town, Penang, Malaysia?.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies