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 Volume 6, Issue 11 (November 2019), Pages: 75-80


 Original Research Paper

 Title: Regional historiography of Malacca Straits and the civilizational discourse on post-colonial communities

 Author(s): Al-Amril Othman *, Mohd. Fuad Mat Jali, Junaidi Awang Besar, Azlan Abas


 Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Malaysia

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The importance and potential of the Malacca Straits as the world's ultimate natural maritime route has been so widely discussed by scholars. However, their discussions are more focused on economic and geographic potential, especially geopolitics derived from it. Thoughts, values, and civilizations are a rare aspect of attention and this paper is a reflection towards that direction. One of the elements that can be shown in highlighting the aspects of thinking behind the potential of the Straits of Malacca is the formation of a complex framework of historiography in Malaysian history. It is formed as a result of the interaction and the clash of thought that occurs between the parties involved, both from the colonial powers, as well as the local community and immigrants who make this route their field of activity. The initial discussion will illustrate the history of this route until the formation of modern nations along the Straits of Malacca since the end of World War II. The next discussion will focus on post-colonial era developments, taking into account the phenomenon of globalization as well as changes in the geopolitical aspects of the phenomenon. The speed of development and the changes that hit the area should be utilized well through some of the suggestions that will be presented in the next discussion. The position of this country which is in the middle of the route has enabled it to function as a historical observer in assessing the interactions and clashes of civilizations taking place in the region. This paper further concludes that the cooperation of various parties at the domestic level and regional agreements are the two most effective variables to meet the changes. However, it relies heavily on political commitment from policymakers from those countries to make it work. 

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 Keywords: Post-colonial communities, Straits of Malacca, Discourse and civilization interactions, Malaysia booklet, Colonial powers

 Article History: Received 10 May 2019, Received in revised form 3 September 2019, Accepted 6 September 2019


The author would like to thank the Grants SK-2017-002 for their financial assistance that made publishing this article possible.

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 Conflict of interest:  The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


 Othman A, Jali MFM, and Besar JA et al. (2019). Regional historiography of Malacca Straits and the civilizational discourse on post-colonial communities. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 6(11): 75-80

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