The Malay Dilemma
The Malay Dilemma was first published in 1970 too much controversy. Dr Mahathir’s interpretation of events caused him to be called upon to defend his statements and claims.
This is not an objective book. Nevertheless, it is published because this is what an educated modern, progressive Malay thinks and believes. In the past, Malays tended to shield friends and enemies from embarrassment, and in consequence often concealed their true thoughts. The arguments in The Malay Dilemma reveal the author’s reactions to the pressing problems of the day, and show how a politically inclined Malay understands the past, explains the behaviour of his own people and the behaviour of immigrants, and foresees the future. Dr Mahathir also examines and analyses the make-up of the Malays - their heredity, their way of life, their religion - and argues their case with stark frankness. With a new preface by the author, this book remains essential reading for all.
2. What Went Wrong?
3. The Influence of Heredity and Environment on the Malay Race
4. The Malay Economic Dilemma
5. The Meaning of Racial Equality
6. The Bases of National Unity
7. Rehabilitation of the Malays and the Malay Dilemma
8. The Malay Problem
9. Code of Ethics and Value Systems of the Malays
10. Communal Politics and Parties
11. Malaysia and Singapore