The Post-September 11 Fallout in Singapore and Malaysia: Prospects for an Accommodative Liberalism

24 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2007

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Victor V. Ramraj

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Abstract

This paper argues that the new heightened consciousness of terrorism in Singapore and Malaysia requires a more accommodative, but still distinctly liberal, approach to social and political rights, one which harnesses the strengths of liberal democracy and pluralism in its efforts to suppress both the threat of terrorism and its potential socially divisive consequences. In particular, the paper defends the view that liberalism, properly conceived, has the conceptual tools to accommodate cultural and religious differences and provides an antidote to the divisive, essentialist thinking that the tragic events of September 11 have unleashed.

Suggested Citation

Ramraj, Victor Vridar, The Post-September 11 Fallout in Singapore and Malaysia: Prospects for an Accommodative Liberalism. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 459-482, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=954303

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