Malaysia Before Malaysia Lecture #4: The Myth of the Lazy Native

MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB
MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB, Kuala Lumpur, WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Malaysia Before Malaysia Lecture #4: The Myth of the Lazy Native will be organized at MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB on 6th August 2016 (Saturday).

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Dr Syed Hussein Alatas was a renowned sociologist, politician and social critic in Malaysia in its most crucial phase of moving forward as a postcolonial society. He has published many books but the most well known of all is "The Myth of the Lazy Native" in 1977.

The Myth of the Lazy Native is a widely acknowledged critique of the colonial construction of Malay, Filipino and Javanese natives from the 16th to the 20th century. Drawing on the work of Karl Mannheim and the sociology of knowledge, Alatas analyses the origins and functions of such myths in the creation and reinforcement of colonial ideology and capitalism.

Alatas' intellectual legacy has been crucial in questioning the status quo that has been reinforced by the political elites of our society that continues to be used as a tool of oppression inherited from the colonial masters of our past.

Much significance and relevance still comes with this contention point. It remains as the heart of the nation's thriving intellectual culture which can bring revolutionary changes to the ways in which we wish to govern ourselves as free, independent people.

In this lecture, Dr Syed Farid Alatas presents the intellectual contemplations from his late father's work and attempts to bring us closer to his ideas that hope to inspire the making of a liberated Malaysia.

Details of event are as follow:
Date: Saturday, 6th August 2016
Time: 10.45am - 1.00pm
Venue: MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB, Jalan Pantai Baharu (A-3-8 Pantai Business Park), 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Admission is free and open to all. Donations are encouraged. Directions to the venue are available at

This lecture is part of the Malaysia Before Malaysia series, brought to you by Imagined Malaysia and MCCHR.

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