Neo-feudalism of the cybernetic Malays

Azly Rahman

Modified 29 Jan 2008, 10:21 am

I propose we question the history that glorifies our forefathers. True patriots of any nation are those who dissent and offer better interpretations of their own history. As I have said in my previous article , we have a brand new Malay dilemma

But the problem lies not in the here and now but in the past; one that needs to be de-constructed and reconstructed. It lies in the Malay psyche. It lies in the notion of hegemony as it relates to political-economy of totalitarianism and controlling interests that continue to cement the master- slave narrative/relationship of the ruler and the ruled.

That master-slave narrative has become a technology of psycholinguistic control and institutionalised as "culture". The Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, and British colonialists succeeded because the fertile ground of the slave mentality is already prepared historical- materialistically. We can see this mentality in the idea that Malay political leader must not be challenged (such as in case of the presidency of the Umno) and this is a manifestation of this neo- feudalism hypermodern inner construct of the Malay in the Age of Cybernetics.

Let us further analyse this psychological contradiction, using current perspective of hegemony the Malays must learn to use in order to move beyond this non-issue of Malay politics. The "Either-Or" illusion/dimension of the Mahathir-Abdullah problematique is not the issue. This is merely a manifestation of the shadow play of the "winners of history", and in what French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu would term as the "habitus" and the 'disposition' of the neo-feudal Malay mentality that will require a Lacanian (postmodern psycholinguistics) analysis.

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