Activities & Events
MALAYSIA AND THE WORLD: Cross-Regional Perspectives on Race, Religion, & Ethnic Identity
March 24-26, 2017
Ohio University's Tun Abdul Razak Chair, in collaboration with the Ohio University Office of Global Affairs & International Studies and the Department of Political Science, will host the International Conference "MALAYSIA AND THE WORLD: Cross-Regional Perspectives on Race, Religion, & Ethnic Identity," on March 24-26, 2017.
The conference aims to highlight Malaysia’s profile and role on the world stage by bringing together leading scholars from Malaysia, Europe, and North America. The intellectual academic exchange will provide a venue for competing comparative perspectives on Malaysia and other countries. The highlights of the International Conference will include keynote addresses by:
- Malaysia’s Distinguished Professor Datuk Shamsul Amri Baharuddin of UKM and the National Council of Professors, who will speak on “The Making of Malaysia’s National Unity Blueprint: Redefining Unity in Malaysia”
- UPM VC, Prof Datin Paduka Aini Ideris, who will speak on the role of research universities in nation building.
The conference will also feature talks by leading American scholars who have done extensive work on Malaysia such as:
- Donald L. Horowitz, the James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science Emeritus of Duke University
- Professor Meredith Weiss of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, State University of NY at Albany.
Other distinguished and notable speakers from Malaysia will include:
- UPM’s Visiting Professor at Wailalak University, Thailand, Professor Ahmad Tarmizi Talib, who will speak on “Muslim – Non-Muslim Relations in Malaysia"
- UNIMAS Professor Stanley Bye Kadam Kiai, who will speak on “the Politics of Federalism: reflecting on the role Sarawak and Sabah played in the formation of Malaysia"
- Tun Abdul Razak Chair Professor Jayum Jawan, who is from UPM, will speak on “Race & Ethnic Relations: What can Malaysia and the US learn from each other?”
The three day conference will have speakers addressing four major themes:
- Post-Colonial Legacies and Its Impact
- Majority-Minority Relations
- Electoral Politics
- Islam, the State and Law.
Prominent faculty from Ohio University will also participate and enrich discourses by bringing their diverse experiences of doing research on similar themes in the US, Europe and Africa.
For additional information on the conference and a full schedule of events, please click here.
The conference is open and welcome participation from interested scholars.
For additional information, please emaill the Tun Abdul Razak Chair at email@example.com
Tun Abdul Razak Chair participates in East Coat Festival 2017
Tun Abdul Razak Chair and Visiting Professor of Political Science Jayum Anak Jawan took part in the East Coast Festival 2017 on March 10-12, 2017.
The East Coast Festival, held at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, brought together 600 Malaysian students studying in various universities in the eastern part of the United States.
The three-days event was officiated by the Malaysian Ambassador to the U.S., HE Tan Sri Zulhasnan Rafique. In addition, various officers and their families from government agencies and sponsors such as the Education Malaysia, MARA which have offices based in Washington D.C., and the Malaysia’s Consul-General from New York, attended.
During the dinner reception to welcome delegates to the gathering, Jayum gave an address on “TN50 and A Vision of a United Malaysia”.
He spoke of the need of young people to come forward and give their view on how they want Malaysia to be in the next 30 years. For this they must come out with idea to be incorporated into the National Transformation agenda that will shape Malaysia in the next 30 years to come.
Their input, he opined, was important as they alone can help shape a better, and a truly united Malaysia because they are not unlike their forebears who were heavily burdened with many baggage that removed the latter from rationalities and objectivities.
The young people, he argued, do not share this unpleasant, past experiences and should therefore be better equipped to propel Malaysians of various backgrounds to greater height of unity and therefore position Malaysia as a global player.
Tun Abdul Razak Chair's column published in Athens, Ohio newspaper
Tun Abdul Razak Chair Professor Jayum Anak Jawan's recent op-ed column "Political science expert reflects on Trump's winning and similiarity to Reagan's Rise to power," was published in The Athens Messenger.
Tun Abdul Razak Chair participates in U.S. State Department panel discussion
On Feb. 7, 2017, Tun Abdul Razak Chair Professor Jayum Anak Jawan participated in the Executive Analytic Exchange panel discussion on Malaysia for the newly appointed US Ambassador to Malaysia, HE Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir. The closed door exchanges were attended by staff of the US diplomatic services whose areas of concern is Malaysia and its surrounding neighbors.
Two main aspects of the executive analytic exchange focused on domestic politics and foreign affairs. Jayum covered contemporary politics and how the present domestic scenario would affect the coming general elections in Malaysia. In this aspect, he discussed the pattern of voting among the Malay, Chinese and Indian as well as among the indigenous of Sabah and Sarawak. He argued that voting behavior change among the Malays, Chinese and Indians of the Peninsular has reached its plateau in the past two general elections held in 2004 and 2008, and that no significant change in voting pattern in the Peninsular can be expected to come about. Thus he envisages that any change that is significant enough to affect a major change in domestic politics would come from the indigenous of from Sabah and Sarawak. This he further argued would decide who would win and have the necessary support to form of the next government after the next general elections that must be held by the middle of 2018.
Other US experts on Malaysia and the southeast Asian region more generally from State University of New York at Albany, the University of British Columbia, Canada, the Paul Nitze School of International Studies and US private think thanks such as Center for Naval Analyses and from the magazine “the Diplomat” also attended.
Tun Abdul Razak Chair visits with Malaysian Ambassador to the U.S.
Tun Abdul Razak Chair Professor Jayum Anak Jawan paid a courtesy call on the 15th Malaysian Ambassador to the United States, HE Tan Sri Dr Zulhasnan Rafique, in February of 2017. The appointment of the new Malaysian Ambassador to the United States was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in late December 2016.
Jayum took the opportunity during the visit to brief the Ambassador on the history of the Tun Abdul Razak Chair that was established by the Government of Malaysia in 1980, and which has since its establishment sent 15 senior Malaysian academic for a two-years term attachment at Ohio University, Athens.
The 15th TAR Chair also informed the Ambassador that the next main event he organized is the International Conference on “Malaysia and the World: Cross-Regional Perspectives on Race, Religion and Ethnic Identity”. The conference will bring together leading scholars from the US, Europe and Malaysia.
The Ambassador was also briefed that the Conference will bring eight leading scholars from Malaysia to interact with their US and European counterparts. Jayum also extended an invitation on behalf of Ohio University to the Ambassador to come and visit the campus and at the same time give a talk for the benefits of the academic community in Athens.
Perdana Scholar Award 2016
Tun Abdul Razak Chair & Visiting Professor of Political Science Dr. Jayum Anak Jawan was a panelist in a Forum held in conjunction with the hosting of the Perdana Scholar Award 2016 iat the Embassy of Malaysia in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 4-6.
At the Forum, Professor Jayum spoke on the changing political landscape in Malaysia, its causes and how this new landscape will shape politics and inter-ethnic relations in years to come. Professor Jayum also commended the good relations and networking among Malaysian students from various ethnic background and expressed the hope that this inter-ethnic ties that they have developed while studying here in the United States be carried over when they return home.
He also reminded the students that as future leaders of their communities and country, the continued success of Malaysia depends on them working closely together.
The event was attended by student leaders and representatives from universities across the United States.
The highlight of the event was a dinner presentation ceremony that honored undergraduates who excelled in various categories such as studies, sport, entrepreneurship and co-curriculum activities. The Ministry’s Deputy Secretary-General, Dato’ Kamel Mohamad, gave away the prizes, representing the Minister who was unable to come due to a last minute urgent engagement.
Graduate Colloquium on Malaysian Studies
On Sept. 14-17, 2016, Ohio University hosted the Graduate Colloquium on Malaysian Studies. Coordinated by Tun Abdul Razak Chair Jawan Jayum, the Colloquium brought together 17 graduate students from around the world who are completing research in various fields with a Malaysian focus.
Please click here to read more about the Colloquium.
Please click here for photos from the Colloquium
Ohio University hosts "Empowering Women: Experiences from Malaysia" seminar
Ohio University was honored to the seminar, “Empowering Women: Experiences from Malaysia” on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the Yamada International House.
The seminar featured OHIO alumnus Dato Ir. Alice Jawan Empaling, an excellent speaker whose message on empowerment resonated with students, faculty, staff and community residents.
A graduate of OHIO’s Executive MBA program, she been recognized by the Malaysian government for her leadership through serving in roles such as the President of the General Conference of Methodist Women, Methodist Church of Malaysia, General Manager of the Sibu Water Board and leading several and social organizations.
The event was coordinated by OHIO’s Tun Abdul Razak Chair Professor Jayum Anak Jawan.
Tun Abdul Razak Chair meets with Malaysian Ambassador to Japan
Tun Abdul Razak Chair and Visiting Professor of Political Science Dr. Jayum Jawan took part in a courtesy visit with the Malaysian Ambassador to Japan, HE Dato Ahmad Izlan Idris in Tokyo recently.
During their informal meeting, Professor Jayum informed HE that he is the current & 15th Tun Abdul Razak Chair holder for the academic session 2015-2017. The Ambassador was also briefed on the main activities of the chair that are scheduled to take place at Ohio University. These activities include the Graduate Colloquium on Sept. 15-17 and the International Conference on Malaysian Studies scheduled for March 14-16, 2017.
Professor Jayum requested HE’s good office to help identify and recommend Japanese graduate students and scholars who are working on Malaysian subjects for both events that are being planned for Ohio University. The attempt to bring Japanese graduate students and scholars to the two events is in effort to enrich the perspectives on Malaysian studies by having non-Malaysians attend these events and share what they do and think on the Malaysia subject that they are currently working on.
The Tun Abdul Razak Chair and his family were later treated to a sumptuous Malaysian dinner by the Ambassador and his wife at a leading Malaysian restaurant, owned and operated by a Malaysian.
International Conference on Revisiting & Reconstructing Southeast Asian Characteristics at Busan University of Foreign Studies, Busan, South Korea, May 27, 2016, B`UFS.
Tun Abdul Razak Chair & Visiting Professor of Political Science, Prof. Dr. Jayum Jawan was invited by Emeritus Prof. Dr. Victor T. King to take part in the International Conference on Revisiting & Reconstructing Southeast Asian Charaacteristics, in South Korea in May.
At the conference, Dr. King organized a panel on “Continuities and Transformation in Southeast Asia".
During the conference, Dr. Jayum delivered a paper titled "Understanding Political Contestation in Malaysia," where he argued and showed how ethnic dimension is still very important in understanding political contestations in Malaysia.
Also during the conference, Tun Abdul Razak Chair Professor Jayum discussed how these tools have been more intensely used of late compared to any period before in history as they become easy to politicize and use to attract followers.
Razak Chair serves as panelist for April 20 symposium
Ohio University’s Tun Abdul Razak Chair Professor Jayum Jawan served as a speaker for one of the panel discussions at the “Symposium on China and the United States Economic, Trade and Cultural Cooperation in ASEAN,” at American University in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2016.
The full-day symposium was organized jointly by Malaysia’s private think tank, Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) and the ASEAN Studies Initiative of the American University, Washington D.C.
Speaking on the theme “US-China-ASEAN Cultural and Educational Cooperative Initiatives” Prof. Jayum acknowledged the importance of United States’ presence in Southeast Asian region to balance the rising Chinese power in the region. This was to ensure China be balanced by another super power to ensure continued peace and stability of the region. Nevertheless, he also spoke of the need of the United States’ presence in the region to be based on consulting ASEAN partners to ensure that the interest of the region is considered in any decision. Jayum also spoke of Malaysia’s diversity and its huge Chinese population as an asset that may be a leverage in dealing with China.
The panel was chaired by Assistant Professor Dr. Erin Collins of the School of International Service of the American University, while fellow panelists included Robin Diallo, Director, Office of Public Diplomacy, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Wang Huiyao, President of the Center for China and Globalization, and Elaine Kok, Program Director and Business Council Secretariat of ASLI.
Professor Jayum Jawan takes part in April 19 U.S.- Malaysia forum at American University
Ohio University’s Tun Abdul Razak Chair hosts seminar focusing on national security in Malaysia
Ohio University’s Tun Abdul Razak Chair, Professor Jayum Jawan, recently hosted a half-day seminar on campus focusing on Malaysia’s National Security and the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
The seminar, held on April 10, was jointly organized with Malaysia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Royal Malaysian Police. Speakers at the seminar included religious teacher Dr. Zamihan Mat Zin from the Malaysian Ministry of Internal Affairs, senior police officer Wan Ruzailan Wan Mat Rusoff of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the Royal Malaysian Police, and Associate Professor Dr. Mohd. Hizam Hanafiah of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The speakers discussed topics including scenarios regarding the rise of the threat of Islamic States in Malaysia, what the public needs to know, and how the Malaysian authority is dealing with this threat to national security and peace.
The seminar attracted members of the Malaysian student communities from Ohio University, Ohio State University and Michigan State University.
For more information, please contact Professor Jayum Jawan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tun Abdul Razak Chair lectures on "Patriotism and Intellectualism" at Second East Coast Festival 2016
Tun Abdul Razak Chair & Visiting Professor of Political Science, Prof. Dr. Jayum Anak Jawan gave a presentation on “Patriotism and Intellectualism” at the Second East Coast Festival 2016, held on March 11-13, 2016 at Ohio State University.
Around 500 Malaysian students took part in the festival, which was jointly organized by student associations from various universities in the midwest region and sponsored by various Malaysian government agencies such as the Embassy of Malaysia in Washington D.C., Ministry of Higher Education’s offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. and Mara.
The festival was graced by HE Datuk Seri Dr. Awang Adek Hussin the Malaysian Ambassador to the United States.
Tun Abdul Razak Chair lectures at the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies on "Social Engineering and the State of Ethnic Relations in Malaysia"
Tun Abdul Razak Chair & Visiting Professor of Political Science, Prof. Dr. Jayum Jawan spoke at the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California at Irvine on how Malaysia is shaping its nation building and how the strategy impacted upon the state of ethnic relations among the country’s diverse population.
The University of California at Irvine provided a good venue to discuss the topic due to its large numbers of students with diverse background.
In addition to the talk, Prof. Jayum had the opportunity to hold talks with graduate students of Prof Kamal Sadiq from the Political Science Department, and also a luncheon discussion with Prof Dr. Stergios Skaperdas, Professor of Economics and Clifford S. Heinz Chair, from the Economics Department.
Forum Speakers and Chair
The Forum was chaired by Rep. Lisa Heddens, Iowa State Representative (2nd right). Other speakers: Noripah Kamso, Global Practitioner in Residence at Iowa State University at Ames (left) and Azimah Aziz, Director of Education Malaysia Chicago (right).
With Malaysian Students of Iowa State University, Ames, the main organizer of the Forum, November 14, 2015.
Visiting exhibitions put up by the Malaysian students. Del Christensen, Executive Director of Iowa Resource for International Service, a supporter of the Forum is seen in the middle.
Brown Bag Seminar
The second Brown Bag Seminar is on "Contemporary Development in Malaysian Politics" by Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin on Wednesday October 13th from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. in the Yamada International House.
The first Brown Bag Seminar was on "Understanding Malaysian Politics" by Dr. Jayum Jawan. It was held on Wednesday, September 30th from 12pm to 1pm in the Yamada International House.
Held in Yamada International House Room 009, the seminar attempted to provide tools by which to understand the dynamics and dynamism of the new phenomenon in Malaysia politics. The talk focused on topcis such as Malay dominance, inter ethnic politics, and the role of Sarawak/Sabah in national politics.
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Courtesy Visit to H.E. Ambassador Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin, the Malaysian Ambassador to the United States of America, Washington D.C., 10 October 2015.
L-R: Jayum Anak Jawan, Tun Abdul Razak Chair & Visiting Professor of Political Science, Ohio University; Lorna Jean Edmonds, Vice Provost of Global Affairs & International Studies, Ohio University; Md Amin Md Taff, Director of Education Malaysia, Washington D.C.; Al Azharri Siddiq Kamunri, National Security Council Malaysia. Malaysian Embassy, 10 October 2015.
Ohio University Vice Provost for Global Affairs & International Studies, Lorna Jean Edmonds presenting a souvenior to the Malaysian Ambassador HE Datuk Awang Adek Hussin, 10 October 2015.
Ohio University Tun Abdul Razak Chair & Visiting Professor of Political Science presenting two of his previous publications to the Malaysian Ambassador HE Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin, 10 October 2015.
L-R: Ohio University Vice Provost for Global Affairs & International Studies, Lorna Jean Edmonds; H.E. Ambassador Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin; Ohio University Tun Abdul Razak Chair & Visiting Professor of Political Science; Al Azharri Siddiq Kamunri, National Security Council Malaysia.
ASEAN Studies Center and Malaysia-America Society
L-R: Jayum Jawan; Thomas J. Reckford, Emeritus President, Malaysia-America Society, chairing the talk; Prof Dr. Heng Pek Koon, of American University & Dep President of Malaysia-America Society. American University, 11 October 2015.
Attendee, Malaysia-America Society talk, American University, Washington D.C., 11 October 2015.
Attendee, Malaysia-America Society talk, American University, Washington D.C., 11 October 2015.