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Perceptions and Practice of Human Security in Malaysia

  • Benny Cheng Guan Teh
  • Ik Tien Ngu
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Part of the Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia book series (SDHRP)

Abstract

This chapter discusses the perceptions and understanding of human security in Malaysia. Putting a premium on the role of civil society, the authors examine threats to human security and the policies of the Malaysian government in areas such as lingering poverty, minority issues, human trafficking, suppression of the freedom of expression, and the plight of the Rohingya refugees. While civil society actors place greater emphasis on the discourse of human rights rather than human security, the government focuses more on the notion of non-traditional security and considers it as part of its comprehensive security. The authors recommend that the government should take the lead in mainstreaming human security by prioritizing policies that empower communities and further opening up spaces for civil society movements through genuine cooperation in order to better address peoples’ insecurities.

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Interviews

  1. CSO Source #1. 2016. Francis Loh, then president of Aliran. Interviewed by authors, March 17.Google Scholar
  2. CSO Source #2. 2016. Debbie Stothard, founder of ALTSEAN-Burma. Interviewed by authors, March 21.Google Scholar
  3. CSO Source #3. 2016. Marina Mahathir, board member of Sisters in Islam. Interviewed by authors, March 22.Google Scholar
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  6. Government Source #1. 2016. Mohamad Azizi bin Azmi, principal assistant secretary at SUHAKAM. Interviewed by authors, February 24.Google Scholar
  7. Parliamentarian Source #1. 2016. Charles Santiago, member of parliament for Klang. Interviewed by authors, January 29.Google Scholar
  8. Parliamentarian Source #2. 2016. Zairil Khir Johari, then member of parliament for Bukit Bendera. Interviewed by authors, April 4.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Chinese Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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