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Few teams are extra secretive than the Asian "godfathers," the tiny staff of obscenely prosperous businessmen who regulate the commercial fates of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. Mysterious, smart, and ruthless, those tycoons represented 8 of the twenty-five wealthiest humans on this planet within the Nineteen Nineties they usually proceed to command multibillion-dollar own fortunes, controlling every little thing from banking and genuine property to transport and gambling--yet their names wouldn't be everyday to ordinary readers of The Wall road magazine. who're they and the way do they do it? that's the query Joe Studwell, writer of the acclaimed e-book The China Dream, solutions during this incisive behind-the-scenes exploration of the outsize figures in the back of the veil. Studwell has spent fifteen years as a reporter within the area and makes use of his remarkable entry to debunk one delusion after one other whereas at the same time portray intimate and revealing pictures of the godfathers--who they are surely and the way they make, construct, and preserve their fortunes. He additionally examines the political and fiscal environments within which the godfathers function, that are remarkably just like those exploited through turn-of-the-century American tycoons. Studwell additionally explains how the region's political choices--and no longer the godfathers--will verify if Southeast Asian international locations circulation towards first-world prestige or proceed to circle, Latin American-like, within the purgatory of underdevelopment. Asian Godfathers is an explosive ebook that lifts the curtain on an international of dazzling secrecy and hypocrisy and reveals--for the 1st time--who the leaders of 1 of the world's most vital and tumultuous marketsreally are, how they acquired to the head, and the way they retain themselves there.

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Malay-medium schools The Malays were the only racial group provided free elementary education by the British, who were themselves influenced by a paternal and humanitarian sense of obligation to protect and preserve what they viewed was the way of life of the “rightful” people. The Malays were educated in the medium of Malay, ostensibly to ensure the continuation of their close bond between the traditional institutional structure and the Malay language. Sir George Maxwell, who was then British Chief Secretary to Malaya, described the policy in the following way: Our policy in regard to the Malay peasant is to give them as good an education as can be obtained in their own language.

The Tamils (Hindus) ate thosai, idali and appam for breakfast. The (Indian) Muslims sold prathas at Tanjong Pagar and Serangoon Road. 22 The Indians who attended Tamil-medium schools remained “very” Hindu since this language was linked closely to the Hindu faith. 23 However, the Indians who attended the English-medium schools were more Anglocized and a significant number of them had converted to Christianity (Chew, 2006). They were also distinguishable by the fact that they were economically better off due to their facility with the English language.

While language and identity in sociolinguistics texts are simply assumed, it should be noted that sometimes other identity markers are capable of replacing it (Dorian, 1999). This history therefore does not exclude identity-making through architecture, dress and food (see Chapter 8), as well as through the media, censuses, and town planning (see Chapter 2). Chapter 2 begins with an exploration of racial identity; a concept first popularized by the colonial powers and which still holds powerful sway in Singapore today.

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