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M. Bakri Musa

Seeing Malaysia My Way

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Location: Morgan Hill, California, United States

Malaysian-born Bakri Musa writes frequently on issues affecting his native land. His essays have appeared in the Far Eastern Economic Review, Asiaweek, International Herald Tribune, Education Quarterly, SIngapore's Straits Times, and The New Straits Times. His commentary has aired on National Public Radio's Marketplace. His regular column Seeing It My Way appears in Malaysiakini. Bakri is also a regular contributor to th eSun (Malaysia). He has previously written "The Malay Dilemma Revisited: Race Dynamics in Modern Malaysia" as well as "Malaysia in the Era of Globalization," "An Education System Worthy of Malaysia," "Seeing Malaysia My Way," and "With Love, From Malaysia." Bakri's day job (and frequently night time too!) is as a surgeon in private practice in Silicon Valley, California. He and his wife Karen live on a ranch in Morgan Hill. This website is updated twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays at 5 PM California time.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

The Malaysian Malaise: Corrupt Leadership, Failing Institutions, And Intolerant Islamism


The Malaysian Malaise:  Corrupt Leadership; Failing Institutions; And Intolerant Islamism

M. Bakri Musa


[Nine States Press, Morgan Hill, Ca 95037  US$ 14.90 352pp; Indexed. 2023. ISBN 9798391353430

Available on all major online outlets including Amazon worldwide and Barnes and Nobel]



Paperback The Malaysian Malaise: Corrupt Leadership, Failing Institutions, And Intolerant Islamism Book



Today’s Malaysia is blighted with corrupt incompetent leadership, weak failing institutions, and rising intolerant Islamism. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister (1981-2003), and again from May 2018 to February 2020, is most responsible for this great degradation. Reflecting his failed leadership, Malaysia had an unprecedented five Prime Ministers from January 2018 to December 2022. 


            Following the 15th General Elections of November 2022, Anwar Ibrahim, Mahathir’s deputy in the 1990s until their falling out, became Prime Minister. Every indication is that he will remain in office until the next scheduled general elections no later than February 17, 2028.


            Mahathir’s protégé Najib Razak, Prime Minister from 2008-2013, is now jailed for his massive pilfering of One Malaysia Berhad (1MDB), the largest such heist, monetary-wise as well as global reach. Mahathir was also responsible for Najib to prematurely dislodge Mahathir’s immediate successor Abdullah Badawi. Not satisfied with that, Mahathir in his second reincarnation bequeathed Malaysia with Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister. He too was arrested for corruption and now awaiting trials.


            Anwar’s top priority must be to fight corruption. Beyond that, his religious credentials as well as earlier leadership of the Muslim Youth Movement would equip him well in tackling Malaysia’s rising Islamism as well as the nation’s failing institutions. Failure in any would doom Malaysia to perpetual Third World status.




Table of Contents


The Malaysian Timeline


People, Places, Events, And Acronyms




I:          Malaysia’s 15th General Elections 


II:        On Exemplary Leadership


III:       Our Malaysian Heroes


IV:       Corrupt, Pathetic, And Incompetent Malay Leadership


V:        Pristine Islam


VI:       The  Pernicious Rise Of Malay Islamism


VII:      The Appalling State O Malaysian Education


VIII:    Malaysia And The World


IX:       The Challenges Of The Covid-19 Pandemic


X:        Virtua Conferences


            A:  Does The Malay Mind Need To Be Liberated? (January 10, 2021)

            B: Promises and Challenges Of Digital Technology In Distant Learning (Original In Malay–                         Isu Dan Cabaran ke Arah Kesetaraan Dalam Pendidikan) (January 30, 2021)

            C:  Is Malaysia Becoming ‘The Sick Man Of Southeast Asia’? (March 20, 2021) 

            D:  Do Our Universities Need A Revamp? (October 18, 2021)



Next: Excerpt #1:  Prologue 


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