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The Hindraf saga : media and citizenship in Malaysia

Leong, Susan (2009) The Hindraf saga : media and citizenship in Malaysia. In Flew, Terry (Ed.) Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship : Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference, QUT, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove.

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Abstract

In the early part of 2008, a major political upset was pulled off in the Southeast Asian nation of Malaysia when the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (National Front), lost its long-held parliamentary majority after the general elections. Given the astonishingly high profile of political bloggers and relatively well established alternative online new sites within the nation, it was not surprising that many new media proponents saw the result as a major triumph of the medium. Through a brief account of the Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) saga and the socio-political dissent nursed, in part, through new media in contemporary Malaysia, this paper seeks to lend context to the events that precede and surround the election as an example of the relationship between media and citizenship in praxis. In so doing it argues that the political turnaround, if indeed it proves to be, cannot be considered the consequence of new media alone. Rather, that to comprehensively assess the implications of new media for citizenship is to take into account the specific histories, conditions and actions (or lack of) of the various social actors involved.

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ID Code: 34474
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Published version freely available via Official URL.
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Keywords: new media, Hindraf, Tamil, Malaysia, citizenship, Hindu Rights Action Force, Youtube, VCD, Indian Diaspora, GE08, Hindu temples, ISA, Internal Security Act, marginalized communities
ISBN: 9871741072754
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Asian Cultural Studies (200202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Globalisation and Culture (200206)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Migrant Cultural Studies (200208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2010 11:51
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2010 11:51

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