Malaysia: The Making of a Nation

Cheah Boon Kheng

Malaysia The Making of a Nation is the first of a 5-volume series of Nation Building histories of Southeast Asia.

Published in 2002, it is useful to read it now (year 2023) to see whether Malaysia has departed or grown as projected by the author, Cheah Boon Kheng.

Wang Gung Wu in his Introduction puts the series in context. He writes very well. His posers are apt.

I am a late convert to Wang’s writings. He has remained under the radar for far too long in Malaysia. I would encourage you to read his books.

CBK’s book is a slim 240 – page. It is thought- provoking though those more learned may well questioned some of his factual statements. In particular, statements made without supporting footnotes.

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