The Malay population makes up Singapore's three largest ethnic groups. This book presents holistic and extensive analysis of the 'Malay Muslim story' in Singapore. Comprehensively and convincingly argued, the author examines their challenging circumstances in the fields of politics, education, social mobility, economy, leadership, and freedom of religious expression. The book makes a significant contribution to the understanding of Muslims in Singapore, and the politics of a Malay-Muslim minority in a global city-state. It is of interest to researchers and students in the field of Singaporean studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Islam in Asia.
Part 1: Introduction 1. Introduction: The ‘Malay Plight’ Defined, and Objectives and Approach of Study 2. Historical Overview of ‘Malays’ and their Progress Post-Independence 3. The ‘Malay Plight’ Part 2: The ‘Malay Plight’ Examined 4. The Socio-Economic Plight 5. The Question of Islamic Identity 6. The Leadership Plight Part 3: Sources of the Malay Plight 7. Secondary Sources: ‘Minority Syndrome’, Historical Legacies, Globalization 8. Primary Source: The State Part 4: The Future of Malays: What is to be Done? 9. Roles of Malays and the State 10. Conclusion