SEASSR Vol. 5, No. 1 (Jan-June 2020)


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1. Prelims.

2. Claudia Derichs – The Global Sixties in the Non-Western World. [Pages 5-25]
3. Zaharul Abdullah – China’s Economic Engagement in Malaysia and Malaysia’s Response. [Pages 26-52]
4. Wan Puspa Melati, Ng Miew Luan & Sharifah Syahirah – Ethical News Reporting Before and After the 14th General Election: The Experience of Selected Malaysian Journalists. [Pages 53-79]
5. Mustafa Ahmad – Dinamika Politik Kelantan 1970-1990: Daripada PAS kepada UMNO-BN dan Kembali kepada PAS. [Pages 80-102]
6. Baso Iwang & Sudirman – Peranan Pemerintah dalam Memajukan Perusahaan Sutera di Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia. [Pages 103-132]

7. Tan Raan Hann – The Andayas – A Match Made for Southeast Asia: An Interview with Professors Leonard Andaya and Barbara Andaya. [Pages 133-147]

8. Ghazally Ismail – Development and Sustainability: Malaysian Peat Swamps under Threat. [Pages 148-152]
9. Statement by the Malaysian Social Science Association – Let Us Together Stop the Covid-19 Pandemic, and Rebuild the Economy and Society. [Pages 153-159]
10. Heng Siam-Heng – Correspondence: Letters to the Editor: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic. [Pages 160-162]

11. Najatulmuna Hamdan & Muhamad Rahimi Yusop – Keperluan Memupuk Semangat Patriotisme dalam Kalangan Mahasiswa. [Pages 163-173]

12. Anthony MilnerThe Royal Letters of Baginda Omar (2 volumes – Vol. 1 (2015); & Volume 2 (2017) edited and introduced by Raimy Che-Ross. [Pages 174-178]

13. Contributors. [Pages 179-183]

14. Guide to Contributors. [Pages 184-188]

Baso Iwang, PhD, formerly served in the development planning unit (BAPPEDA) in the local government of Maros, South Sulawesi, Indonesia before joining the Faculty of Islamic Economics and Business, Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Alauddin Makassar, Indonesia in 2018. He obtained both his Bacheor’s and Master’s degree in Economic Development and Planning at Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS), Sulawesi Selatan, while his PhD in Development Studies was obtained at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2015. He has published several articles, including “Penglibatan Komuniti dalam Perusahaan Sutera di Tiga Kabupaten (Wajo, Enrekang dan Soppeng), Provinsi Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia”, Southeast Asian Social Science Review, Vol 4(1) 2019.

Derichs, Claudia, PhD, is Professor of Transregional Southeast Asian Studies at Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany. She has studied Japanese and Arabic in Bonn, Tokyo and Cairo and holds a PhD in Japanology (1994, University of Bonn, Germany). She is a member of various editorial boards, advisory boards, selection and evaluation committees, and was awarded a Heisenberg scholarship by the German Science Foundation. Prior research interests are political transition in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as gender and development politics in Asia and the Middle East. She specializes in transregional studies and works towards new orientations in Area Studies. Email:

Ghazally Ismail, PhD, received his doctoral degree in Microbiology and Immunology in 1977 from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA. Though trained as a medical immunologist, he is also a passionate naturalist and an ardent environmental advocate. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Sabah Campus (UKMS) where he served as the Dean of Science for a number of years (1981-1993). He was also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Services at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) from 1994 – 2001. Later, in collaboration with the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology (MIT) USA, he helped to found and establish a private university in Kuala Lumpur, The Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST) and served as its first Vice President (2001-2004). From 2013-2017, he was appointed as the founding Vice Chancellor of the University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. A retired professor, Ghazally is a prolific writer who has published widely in both technical journals and popular magazines in areas not only related to his own discipline of medical immunology but also on nature education and conservation of Bornean flora and fauna. Email:

Milner, Anthony, PhD., is Emeritus Professor, Australian National University (ANU); Visiting Professor, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya; Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne. He was formerly Basham Professor of Asian History at the ANU. His major writings on Malay history and society include Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture on the Eve of Colonial Rule (1982, 2016), The Invention of Politics (1995, 2002) and The Malays (2008, 2019). Milner was the 4th Holder of the Distinguished Pok Rafeah Chair at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2010-2011). The resulting book, Transforming Malaysia: Dominant and Competing Paradigms (coedited with Abdul Rahman Embong & Tham Siew Yean), was published jointly by ISEAS Singapore and IKMAS UKM in 2014. Email:

Mustafa Ahmad, PhD, serves as Penggawa Daerah Semerak, Jajahan Pasir Putih, Kelantan, Malaysia. He received his PhD in history from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia with his thesis entitled, “Politik Kelantan Era Barisan Nasional 1974-1990” (Kelantan Politics During the Era of Barisan Nasional 1974-1990). Email:

Muhamad Rahimi Yusop, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Email:

Najatulmuna Hamdan, MEc, is a senior assistant registrar at the Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Email:

Ng Miew Luan, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Communication and Creative Design SEGi University. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her research interests include political economy of communication, media education, media literacy, social media and fake news. She is a member of Malaysian Social Science Association and Centre for Malaysian Chinese Studies. Email:

Tan Raan Hann, PhD, is a research fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and an associate researcher at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), Portugal. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from ISCTE-IUL (Portugal) in 2016. Prior to that, she obtained her BA in languages and linguistics from the University of Malaya, and then went on a scholarship from the European Union to study and obtain a triple-diploma MA from three universities – University of Sheffield (UK), Université de Perpignan (France), and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). Her book, Orang Tugu: The Malayo-Portuguese Creaole Community in Indonesia, based on her doctoral dissertation, is published by UKM Press in 2019. Email:

Sharifah Syahirah Syed Sheikh, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech MARA (KUPTM) who specialises in gender, politics, and governance. She is also an activist who is actively involved in NGOs particularly the National Council for Women’s Organization (NCWO) and the Malaysian Social Science Association (PSSM). She has represented the Malaysian Civil Society (CSOs) in regional and international meetings as well as delivered talks in conferences, radio and TV shows. She has published various articles in journals and book chapters related to gender, and received several national awards such as Malaysia’s Women Leadership Award 2019 and MARA Educator Excellence Award 2016. Email:

Sudirman, PhD is a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Economics and Business, Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Alauddin, Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia. He obtained his PhD from Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar in 2012 and has previously taught in several other universities. He is active in professional associations and is the Executive Director of Darma Nusantara Indonesia (DAMAI), a national research and training institution in Indonesia. His academic works include his book, Manajemen Portofolio dan Pasar Modal (IAIN Press, Gorontalo, 2015), and journal articles such as “Potensi, Peluang, dan Tantangan Perdagangan antara Indonesia dengan Negara-negara di Kawasan Timur Tengah” in Jurnal Al-Buhuts 14 (1) 2016, and “Implementasi Prinsip Good Governance pada Lembaga Pengelolaan Zakat BAZNAS Kota Gorontalo” in Internasional Journal of Bisnes and Managemen 7 (4) 2019. Email:

Wan Puspa Melati Wan Abdul Halim, PhD. is a senior lecturer and trainer at SEGi University. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Anthropology from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She completed her MSc in Sociology from University of Oxford, UK (Oxford) and her BA in Sociology and Psychology from University of San Francisco, US (USF). Identifies herself as a Clinical Sociologist and passionate about the community, Wan Puspa Melati has worked with both local and international NGOs as well as managed grassroots empowerment programmes for various target groups. This includes community work with single mothers, children of low income households, abused women and children, juvenile delinquents, transgendered individuals, senior citizens as well as deaf community. Her area of research includes people with different abilities, deviance, youth, and media. Email:

Chief Editor: Abdul Rahman Embong
Editors: Mohd Hazim Shah; Rashila Ramli; Zawawi Ibrahim; Zaharom Nain; Sity Daud; Lai Suat Yan; Tham Siew Yean; Chin Yee Whah; Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid; Rahimah Abdul Aziz; Sarjit Singh
Associate Editors: Wan Melati Puspa; Suseela Devi; Hew Wai Weng; Fadzilah Puteh; Sharifah Shahirah; Tan Raan Hann; Mohd Azwan Abd Rahman
Editorial Assistant: Ahmad Hazreen Wagiman
  • Hans-Dieter Evers (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Michael Burawoy (University of California at Berkeley, US)
  • Shamsul A.B. (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia)
  • Anthony Milner (Australian National University)
  • Jomo K.S. (Malaysia)
  • Terry V. King (University of Leeds, UK)
  • Syed Farid Alattas (National University of Singapore)
  • Surichai Wungaeo (University of Chulalongkorn, Thailand)

global sixties, social movements, emancipation, Islamic resurgence, transregional, globalization, state autonomy, investment, loan, project contracting, journalism, ethical news reporting, media convergence, ownership of media, Malaysia’s 14th General Election, Politics, Kelantan, PAS, UMNO and Barisan Nasional, Government’s role, silk industry policy, community participation, silkworm growers, handloom weavers, patriotism, students, youth, education, national sovereignty

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Weight 266 g
Dimensions 15.24 × 1 × 22.86 cm
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