Through this collection of essays on Malaysia's 'new politics', Azly Rahman once again provides a superb insight into contemporary Malaysian political narratives. Throughout this collection of articles, Azly has continually posed a series of questions to the reader to think critically about issues concerning Obama-ism, Hudud, censorship and the institutionalization of Islam in an effort to break through the current shallow paradigms. Through this, Azly seeks the reader to see something better for Malaysia, beyond the current intellectual malaise the country's opinion leaders have pushed the nation into. Azly's collection of articles is mandatory for anybody who is concerned about the future of Malaysia.
-- Murray Hunter Professor Murray Hunter, International Advisor to the 4th Media, Beijing, China, International Advisor to Diplomatic Insight, Islamabad, Pakistan, and Associate Professor University Malaysia Perlis.
There is a subtle message running through the essays, if read thoughtfully: there is an evident call to arms to Malaysians, to dislodge a political system that alienates and divides its citizens, that disrupts social harmony, and that fosters gross new inequities. As Azly argues, we, Malaysians, need to be the agents of change to bring about the 'new politics' that this country so badly needs. This is not a hopelessly naive plea; after all, the results of the 2008 and 2013 general elections indicate that Malaysians are angry and unmistakably aware of the problems with Malaysia's unfair and unfree political system.
This is imperative as the overriding idea that comes through from reading his essays - the need for 'new politics' - is urgent as there have been a series of most unfortunate events occurring in Malaysia in recent times relating to issues that can be detrimental to the well-being of our country. Azly's call to us is to condition ourselves to reject the constant divisive and conservative discourses propagated by the government which can do us irreparable harm. We must heed his call.
-- Professor Edmund Terence Gomez, Professor of Political-Economy, University of Malaya, Malaysia.