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Tamils and the Haunting of Justice: History and Recognition in Malaysia's Plantations

Andrew C. Willford


In 2006, dejected members of the Bukit Jalil Estate community faced eviction from their homes in Kuala Lumpur where they had lived for generations. City officials classified plantation residents as squatters and questioned any right they might have to stay. This story epitomizes the dilemma faced by Malaysian Tamils in recent years as they confront the collapse of the plantation system where they have lived and worked for generations. Foreign workers have been brought in to replace Tamil workers to cut labor costs. As the new migrant workers do not bring their whole families with them, the com ... More

Keywords: plantation residents, Malaysian Tamils, plantation system, foreign workers, labor costs, migrant workers, palm oil production, housing development, land use, ethnic entitlement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838942
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew C. Willford, author
Cornell University