• Helen Ting Mu Hung


Ting examines controversies concerning history textbooks in Malaysia that have surfaced since the beginning of the 1980s, with particular emphasis on the current edition published since 2000. The role of left-wing movements during the independence struggle and the ‘Malay-indigene’ versus ‘non-Malay-immigrant’ debates are reflective of the larger context of ethnic politics in the country. Ting discusses the constitution provision known as the ‘Special Position of the Malays’, the role of Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, the concept of ‘ketuanan Melayu’ and their ramifications on educational policy and current debates. Whether the efficacy of recent attempts to integrate the diversity of narratives into the historical processes that led to Malaysian independence will have any future impact remains to be seen.

Further Reading

  1. Blackburn, K. and K. Hack. War Memory and the Making of Modern Malaysia and Singapore. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2012.Google Scholar
  2. Manickam, S. K. ‘Textbooks and Nation Construction in Malaysia’. Asia-Pacific Forum, 28, no. 6 (2005): 78–89.Google Scholar
  3. Naoki, S. ‘The Malay World in Textbooks: The Transmission of Colonial Knowledge in British Malaya’. Southeast Asian Studies, 39, no. 2 (2001): 188–234.Google Scholar
  4. Ting, H. ‘The Japanese Occupation in Malaysian History Textbooks’. In Imagining Japan in Post-War East Asia: Identity Politics, Schooling and Popular Culture, eds. P. Morris, N. Shimazu and E. Vickers. London & New York: Routledge, 2013, 190–209.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Ting Mu Hung
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  1. 1.Modern History and History DidacticsSapienza University of RomeRomaItaly

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