This book intends to reset and make Malaysia into a nation for the rakyat, not just for a select few. Resetting Malaysia compiles articles that put forth ideas on how every Malaysian can make changes that will eventually bind us into a single nation that respects the faiths, cultures and lifestyles of all—by challenging inherited perspectives, narratives and perceptions. Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi explores how educational institutions impart imitative and uncritical practices, how spirituality can inspire personal and political change, and how our fractured past can be critically understood, to underline that the rakyat are the true owners of the country.
Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Rasdi is a professor of architecture at UCSI University. He is a prolific writer and speaker on architecture, politics, social issues, religious matters and education. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he obtained degrees in architecture. In 1996, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Tajuddin is an award-winning author of numerous books on architecture, pertaining to Islam, housing, community-building and administrative planning. He is currently a columnist for The Star and Sin Chew Daily, having also written for The Borneo Post, Free Malaysia Today, Sinar Harian and Utusan Malaysia. Tajuddin also served as member of the Majlis Perundingan Keharmonian Rakyat appointed by the Pakatan Harapan government.