: DECONSTRUCTING THE LAZY NATIVE
8 pages (2000 words)
, Term Paper
The essay argues that the prime objective of Syed Alatas’s book is to oppose the widespread denigration of native history, society, and the native people themselves, as presented within the Western (European) point of view. Broadly based on the premise that the ideology of colonial capitalism – as Alatas defines it – is solely responsible for the poor image of Malays, Filipinos and Javanese, the book attempts to analyze in particular the so-called ‘myth of the lazy native’, which is thought to have originated and widely projected from the 16th to the 20th century in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines (Alatas 1977).