By Sin Yee Koh
Transnational expert migrants are usually considered privileged migrants with versatile citizenship. This booklet demanding situations this assumption by way of reading the varied migration trajectories, reports and dilemmas confronted via tertiary-educated cellular Malaysian migrants via a postcolonial lens. It argues that cellular Malaysians’ tradition of migration will be understood as an end result and end result of British colonial legacies – of race, schooling, and citizenship – inherited and exacerbated through the post-colonial Malaysian country. Drawing from archival study and interviews with respondents in Singapore, uk, and Malaysia, this publication examines how cellular Malaysians make feel in their migration lives, and contextualizes their tales to the wider socio-political buildings in colonial Malaya and post-colonial Malaysia. exhibiting how legacies of colonialism start up, facilitate, and propagate migration in a multi-ethnic, post-colonial migrant-sending state past the top of colonial rule, this article is a key learn for students of migration, citizenship, ethnicity, nationalism and postcolonialism.
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Race and indigeneity have been institutionalised through the constructed bumiputera (‘sons of soil’) category/ group. 19) notes, naming and claiming the bumiputera as a group that is associated with a territory is potent as it accords the Malays ‘a powerful advantage in the political realm’. Malaysia is also a case where multi-ethnic colonial and post-colonial elites engage knowingly and unknowingly in racial politics to legitimise their political power (see Enloe, 1970; Ahmad, 1987). Race looms large in official accounts and in everyday life and is intricately implicated in Malaysian migration.
Given the linking of migration to disloyalty mentioned earlier, as well as an established history of state securitisation of race and anything ‘sensitive’ that could jeopardise ‘national security’ (see Chap. 2), it is understandable that potential respondents may be uncomfortable in participating in my research. 20 Some saw participating in my INTRODUCTION 31 research as a chance for them to ‘be controversial’ and vent their misgivings about ‘the government’. Perhaps, for these respondents, participating in my research was their way of ‘being political’ (Isin, 2008) in the Malaysian context where those who have openly questioned or challenged the hegemonic state has been subjected to techniques of governing (see Chap.
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