Malaysia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world today, and this book reflects current debates about the future directions of the national economy, polity and society in light of the late 1990s watershed period of financial crisis, the arrest of Anwar Ibrahim and the subsequent 1999 general election. Malaysian Economics and Politics in the New Century aims to answer questions about how the economy and society are organized, about how the benefits from economic development are distributed, about government's relations to major national institutions, and about the nature of the political process.
With its focus firmly on Malaysia's future, this will be a volume of particular interest to scholars, academics, researchers, business leaders and policymakers involved in the Asian region, and Malaysia in particular.
Edited by Colin Barlow, Visiting Fellow, Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Australia and Francis Loh Kok Wah, Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Contents: Preface Part I: Introduction 1. Introduction Part II: Economics and Strategy 2. Malaysia and the Asian Crisis: Lessons and Challenges 3. The Impact of the 1997 Financial Crisis on Malaysia's Corporate Sector and its Response 4. Malaysia after the Asian Crisis: An Overview of Labour Market Issues 5. The Financial Crisis and its Social Implications 6. Malaysia's Security Environment and Strategic Responses Part III: Politics and Other Aspects 7. A New Politics in Malaysia: Ferment and Fragmentation 8. Changing Power Configurations in Malaysia 9. The Anwar Trial and its Wider Implications 10. Mahathir, Australia and the Rescue of the Malays 11. Some Aspects of Malaysian Civil Liberties 12. The Challenges of Opposition Politics in Malaysia - Checking Growing Authoritarianism and Ethnic Re-polarization Part IV: Conclusions 13. Conclusions References Index