Looking through the corridor : Malaysia and the MSC

Leong, Susan (2008) Looking through the corridor : Malaysia and the MSC. In Lim, David C. L. (Ed.) Overcoming Passion for Race in Malaysia Cultural Studies. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 83-108.

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As part of a development plan-in-progress spanning a total of 25 years(1996 to 2020), Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) provides a unique opportunity to witness a brief and microcosmic unfolding of the reciprocally formative process between society and technology that Lewis Mumford lays out in exhaustive detail in Technics and Civilization (Mumford, 1963). The interlocking of national imagining, destiny and progress with a specific group of technologies, information and communication technologies(ICT) is, in itself, worthy of interest. However, what renders the MSC doubly remarkable is its introduction in Malaysia, one of the most well established of contemporary ethnocracies.

This chapter reads the development and implementation of the MSC as the text through which the association between nation and ethnicity is examined. Broadly speaking I argue here that the MSC inflects the imagining(s) of Malaysia at two levels. At the first level where the MSC is understood to be the insertion of a new policy into Malaysia’s pre existent ethnocratic climate, I contend the MSC inflects the nation through its incongruence with prevalent conditions. At the second level, where the MSC is viewed through the position of its Chinese populace, I suggest that the MSC inflects Malaysia (perhaps to a lesser degree) through the re-emphasis it lends to issues of transnationalism and belonging for the Malaysian Chinese.

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ID Code: 47794
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Multimedia Super Corridor, MSC, Malaysia, ethnocracy, Malaysian Chinese, Greater China, Cyberlaws, internet censorship, new media, bumiputera, NameWee, Negarakuku, Bill of Guarantees, multiple belongings, Vision 2020, diaspora
ISBN: 9789004168152
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)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Brill
Deposited On: 18 Dec 2011 22:21
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2017 16:32

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