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Revisiting the concept of serumpun in Malaysia-Indonesia relations


Ya'akub, Ahmad Nizar (2011) Revisiting the concept of serumpun in Malaysia-Indonesia relations. In: Second Seminar on National Resilience (SNAR II), 18-19 October 2011, Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

In the post-Cold War period, there is more conflict than co-operation between Malaysia and Indonesia.This contradicts the spirit of ‘serumpun’, which has been the backdrop to the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries.This paper analyses the historical factors that give meaning to the ‘serumpun’ concept.‘Serumpun’ reached its height during the era of Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak and President Suharto.I argue that in the post-Cold War period, there emerged significant differences in the perception of the concept of ‘serumpun’ due primarily to the generational gap and the new social, economic and political realities facing both countries.This paper suggests that the ‘serumpun’ concept can justifiably be maintained as the basis for a ‘special relationship’ between the two countries but new practical pillars (particularly co-operation in trade and investment) must be constructed to enrich the ‘serumpun’ concept.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-967-0193-05-2 Anjuran: Institut Pemikiran Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Uncontrolled Keywords: culture, economy, ethnic, race, serumpun
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: Institut Pemikiran Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2013 04:30
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 04:30
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/8699

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