Thursday, August 08, 2013

Azly Rahman's Dark Spring over Malaya


Dark Spring

( Essays on the Ideological Roots of Malaysia's GE-13 )

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This compilation of Azly Rahman's articles about Malaysia before and after GE 12 in 2008 express what many have in their hearts - a strong sense of emotional distress.

Azly's articulation of and approach of many important contemporary issues facing Malaysia. come from a series of unique perspectives, which I intellectaully admire and would personally find very difficult to articulate, as he has done superbly. Through his perceptions and meta-framing, Azly has been able to see straight though the symptoms and sandiwara that besets the country and take a brutally honest and sincere look at the root causes of the condition Malaysia is in today. This 'immersed' yet still objective approach has been able to tap into some of the colonial pre-merdeka, post 1969, and post-Mahathir era narratives. He has deciphered the sinister and destructive meanings that today run counter to the shared aspirations an evolved Malaysian society holds today.

--Murray Hunter, Foreword --

What we reap is what we sow. To understand the present we must excavate the past and interrogate the way the history of events has been chronicled and presented to us. This General Elections 13 was a problematic one; signifying the coming of age of Malaysia's troubling but maturing democracy.

... this volume that I am humbly sharing is about looking at possibilities of a more critical and ethical society emerging, particularly from the middle class, from a cosmopolitan polity of individuals collectively wishing to see change and a spring to be cherished. Change is an evolving concept and, as the American philosopher of pragmatism would say, only through education for personal and social progress can change be meaningful and long-lasting when it comes to building a progressive and thinking society.

I have outlined ideas for change in this volume of Dark Spring. I have enjoyed writing them and I hope you will enjoy reading them too and hope we could one day sit together to discuss these ideas and plant the seeds of social reconstruction - on a fine day in a Bright Spring.

-- Azly Rahman, New Jersey, USA, June 2013, Preface --

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