Malaysia Workshop (2/22-2/23)- Divides and Dissent Critical Reflections on Malaysia and Malaysian Studies 60 Years after Merdeka

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Emerging States Project



Divides and Dissent

Critical Reflections on Malaysia and Malaysian Studies 60 Years after Merdeka


Venue:  The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Room 4A

Date:  February 22–23, 2017



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

0900–0940            Registration

0945–0955            Opening, Takashi Shiraishi, Welcoming Speech

1000–1100             Session 1 (Moderator: Keiichi Tsunekawa, GRIPS), Jeff Tan, “Economy and development”

1100–1200            Session 2 (Moderator: Keiichi Tsunekawa, GRIPS), Faisal Hazis, ” Sabah and Sarawak”

1200–1330            Lunch

1330–1430            Session 3 (Moderator: Jafar Suryomenggolo), Maznah Mohamad, “Women and politics”

1430–1530            Session 4 (Moderator: Jafar Suryomenggolo, GRIPS), Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid, ” Islam and politics”

1530–1545            Break

1545–1645            Session 5 (Moderator: Yusuke Takagi, GRIPS), Azmi Sharom, “Law and the judiciary”

16.45–18.00          Special Seminar (Moderator: Khoo Boo Teik, GRIPS), Donald Nonini, ” Reflections on fieldwork in Malaysia”

1800–2000            Academic Exchange


Thursday, February 23, 2017


1000–1100            Session 6 (Moderator: Motoko Kawano, GRIPS), Simon Soon, “Creativity in dissent”

1100–1200            Session 7 (Moderator: Motoko Kawano, GRIPS), Khoo Boo Teik, “Oligarchy and electoral reform”

1200–1330            Lunch

1330–1530            Session 8 (Moderator: Khoo Boo Teik, GRIPS), Michael Montesano, Donald Nonini , “Malaysia in Southeast Asia”

Takashi Shiraishi

(Rapporteur: Boon Kia Meng)

1530–1535            Closing, Khoo Boo Teik                        Closing remarks

1535–1600            Editorial meeting (Paper presenters and Rapporteur only)

  1. Paper Presenters
  2. Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid, Professor of Political Science and Consultant Researcher, School of Distance Education and Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
  3. Azmi Sharom, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    1. Faisal S. Hazis, Senior Fellow and Head of Centre for Asian Studies, Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), National University of Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Malaysia
    2. Khoo Boo Teik, Professor and Director, State Building and Economic Development Program, GRIPS, Tokyo, Japan
    3. Maznah Mohamad, Associate Professor, Department of Malay Studies and the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    4. Simon Soon, Senior Lecturer, Visual Art Department, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    5. Jeff Tan, Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, Aga Khan University (International), London, UK
  1. Panel: Malaysia in Southeast Asia
  2. Michael Montesano, Senior Fellow, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
  3. Donald M Nonini, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
  4. USA
  5. Takashi Shiraishi, Professor and President, GRIPS, Tokyo, Japan.
  1. Moderators (GRIPS)
  2. Motoko Kawano, Assistant Professor
  3. Khoo Boo Teik, Professor
  4. Jafar Suryomenggolo, Assistant Professor
  5. Yusuke Takagi, Assistant Professor
  6. Keiichi Tsunekawa, Senior Professor


  1. Secretariat

Eriko Kimura, GRIPS, Secretary

Boon Kia Meng, ASAFAS, Kyoto University, Panel Rapporteur