The Impact of Information Communication Technology on Malaysia Communication Culture in the Era of Globalization

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THE IMPACT OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ON MALAYSIA COMMUNICATION CULTURE IN THE ERA OF GLOBALIZATION Saiful Nujaimi Abdul Rahman, M.Sc. Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Languages & Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia Abdul Rashid Md. Ali, PhD Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Languages & Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia Siti Zobidah Omar, PhD Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Languages & Communication, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia This is an unedited version of this paper provided for your convenience Abstract Over 20 years ago, Malaysia was an agricultural based country. Then came the foreign direct investments initiative that gave many…show more content…
The system worked wonderfully when the British first introduced it. Somehow, it became obsolete in 1960s. Unfortunately, there was no initiative from the respective Government to reform the system. Perhaps, the Government then was still young to comprehend that every system will become obsolete and have to be reform from time to time. Thus, the repercussion was the May 13, 1969 racial conflict. Nevertheless, the riot had been the turning point of both political and economic reformation to the country. It was like “a blessing in disguise” – but of course, the cost that the country had to pay was colossal. MALAYSIA SHAPING THE COMMUNICATION CULTURE Since the May 13, 1969 tragedy, the country has embarked on an affirmative development plan – The New Economic Policy (1970-1990). The main objectives were to bring the economic disparity gaps closer and to eradicate poverty with precise reference to the major races. In achieving those, the principles of justice, tolerance, and equity were put into practice by all Malaysians, precisely by the major political parties. These major political parties are led by a coalition of 14 political parties that formed the National Front (NF). The dominant component of the coalition is the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) representing the Malays, the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), - the Chinese, and the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) - the Indians. National unity and racial harmony become a national agenda and

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