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Title: Everyday religiosity and the ambiguation of development in East Malaysia: Reflections on a dam-construction and resettlement project
Authors: Chua, L
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Citation: In Religious minorities in muslim-majorities localities in Southeast Asia: Areas of toleration and conflict, Editors: Platzdasch B, Saravanamuttu J . 400-417. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (2014)
Abstract: In December 2008, I had breakfast with an elderly Bidayuh man and his daughter in their upland village—one of four due to be resettled to make way for a new dam and reservoir. With an official land compensation ceremony a few days away, the conversation meandered, as it often did, towards the project. My elderly interlocutor—a follower of the old rituals, adat gawai—had been reminiscing about life in the 1950s, ‘before [Sarawak became part of] Malaysia’. Back then, he said, the bus fare to Kuching was under a dollar; food in the city came in generous portions for just ten cents, and trousers cost a few dollars. These days, however, everything was expensive because those Malays who ruled the country didn’t know how to run the ‘economy’ (English). But being Malay was difficult, added his Anglican daughter, since they were Muslim and had to live according to strict observances. Ruminating further, they began to contrast the lives of Muslims with those of Christians, who today form the bulk of the Bidayuh population.
ISSN: 978-981-4519-64-9
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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