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Modern Malaysia in the Global Economy: Political and Social Change into the 21st Century

Modern Malaysia in the Global Economy: Political and Social Change into the 21st Century

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This substantial new book examines key economic, political and social aspects of Malaysia at the turn of the new century. It covers the years of rapid growth and dramatic structural change leading up to the 1997 financial crisis, and the subsequent adjustments which enabled the economy to resume its vigorous advance. The authors critically address affirmative action policies aiming to help Malays enter the modern economy and make income distribution more equitable while reducing poverty. They look at case studies of persisting poverty amidst economic progress, and also scrutinize the development of East Malaysia with its special problems away from the center of power in Kuala Lumpur.

The authors review the direction of politics after Prime Minister Mahathir, as well as exploring Malaysia’s foreign, education, and labor policies. They canvass the idea of a ‘new Malay’ better adapted to modern society, investigate the position of the Chinese, examine the struggle for women’s rightswithin the religious framework of Islam, and discuss the contributions of Malaysian NGOs to ongoing changes. They finally draw together crucial issues facing Malaysia in the 21st century.

The contributors, who are leading scholars in their spheres, have produced a wide ranging and comprehensive guide to the economy and society of Malaysia. This book will be of great value and interest to students and scholars of Asian economics, development and social studies.