Power in the Time of Covid-19: Notes & Reflections on the Malaysian ‘MCO’


Boon, Kia Meng (2020) Power in the Time of Covid-19: Notes & Reflections on the Malaysian ‘MCO’. CSEAS Newsletter (78).

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The Malaysian government enforced the Movement Control Order (hereafter, ‘MCO’, being the form of nation-wide ‘lockdown’ as it is known locally) beginning from the 18th of March, 2020, and had since been extended until the 12th of May, as the main centrepiece of its overall strategy to contain the Covid-19 pandemic within its borders. The following ‘notes from the field’ represent a set of tentative observations and reflections on what seems to be taking shape over the past 45 days of the MCO restrictions, particularly how the present crisis reveals deep-seated tendencies and patterns within Malaysian society and the kind of governmentality that characterizes the Malaysian state. The perspective shared here is one situated within West Malaysia (where the author resides) and does not make any claims to be comprehensive in scope (policies and events discussed below are admittedly Peninsula Malaysia-centric, at the expense of more nuanced differences and details pertaining to Sabah and Sarawak).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biopolitics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA1-92 Political science (General) > JA71-80 Theory. Relations to other subjects
Divisions: Faculty of Cinematic Arts (FCA)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 07:38
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 07:38
URII: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/8121


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