January 23, 2013
New Book by Dr. M Bakri Musa: Liberating the Malay Mind
SYNOPSIS by ZI Publications: In Liberating The Malay Mind, Dr M. Bakri Musa maps with clarity a path towards a liberated Malaysia by carefully examining the country’s past and evaluating the current Malay obsession with Ketuanan Melayu. This book explores the ways in how special rights and “sons of the soil” privileges bestowed have inhibited the Malay people from forging an educated, dynamic and globally competitive Tanah Melayu.
Dr. Bakri examines Malay culture through the prisms of history, psyche and religion and details the steps necessary to liberate the collective Malay mindset through free access to information, an enlightened education system, and engagement in commerce.
With this careful navigation, and not by pinning hopes on the political amulet of Article 153, Liberating The Malay Mind forges a way towards a self-sufficient Malaysia, able to turn crises into opportunities, and challenges into inspirations.
“Unlike our political merdeka – which was granted to us by the British – our liberated mind can not be bestowed. We have to strive for it. Then we will be Tuans even elsewhere other than Tanah Melayu.” says Dr. Bakri.
About the Author: Malaysian-born M. Bakri Musa, a California surgeon, writes frequently on issues affecting his native land. His credits, apart from scientific articles in professional journals, have appeared in Far Eastern Economic Review, International Herald Tribune, Education Quarterly, and New Straits Times. His commentary has also aired on National Public Radio’s Marketplace.
He is the author of The Malay Dilemma Revisited: Race Dynamics in Modern Malaysia, Malaysia in the Era of Globalization, and An Education System Worthy of Malaysia and Towards A Competitive Malaysia.
Safely beyond the reach of Malaysia’s censorship laws, he writes freely and without restraint, save for common courtesy and good taste.He spares no individual or institution, easily skewering the sacred cows. He aims his dart at the most hyper-inflated targets, easily and effectively puncturing them to reveal their hollowness. These range from the obscenely ostentatious Malaysian weddings to special privileges, and from Prime Minister Mahathir to youths who do Malaysia proud.