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The Malay Dilemma
Not all historians will agree with Dr. Mahathir's interpretation of events, historic and recent, in Malaysia and Singapore. This is certain to be a controversial book, and assuredly the author will be called upon to defend many of his statements and claims, indeed even perhaps the accuracy of his historical and factual data. This is does not claim to be objective.
Nevertheless, it is published because this is what an educated, modern progressive Malay thinks and believes. These are his reactions to the problems of the day, the pressing problems that beset Malaysia. This is how a politically-inclined Malay understands the past, explains the behavior of his own people and the behavior of immigrants, and forsees the future.
In the past it has been difficult to know just what a Malay does think. As Dr. Mahathir has explained, Malays tend to shield friends, and enemies, from embarassment, and in consequence often conceal their true thoughts. Here, for the first time, a Malay has produced a book-length argument told in stark frankness. Dr. Mahathir has examined and analyzed the make-up of a Malay, his heredity, his way of life, his religion. He has revealed all. He believes this is necessary not only to encourage the Malay to know himself, but also that the non-Malay can all better understand the Malay's reaction to the problems of the day.