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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 37, No 21. August 28, 1974


Artwork of men staring out from jail

"The Malay elite was nurtured by Britain and installed and defended at the helm of independent Malaya. Such an analysis, crucial to the under-development argument, would examine the history of relations between Britain and the Malay elite: the whole gamut of institutions and political devices (like citizenship laws) that have protected their political lives; continuing British strategic interests in Malaysia (as in the composition of Greater Malaysia); and the value orientations of Malay Anglophiles (Scott's 'constant-pies thinking', 'social distrust' and the authoritarian philosophies of Government). 'Special rights', the keystone to the Alliance's communal controls and Malaysia's unique contribution to development theory, cannot however be overlooked."