Malaysia in 1992 : sharp politics, fast growth, and a new regional role

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-193
Journal / PublicationAsian Survey
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


Since the late 1980s, analysts have tracked two important features in Malaysia: mounting political authoritarianism and rapid economic growth. Indeed, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), the central party in the ruling National Front, has asserted that these phenomena correlate, ensuring that they continued to dampen political contestation. Moreover, this approach's evidence success in fostering high growth rates amid a stagnant global economy has permitted the Prime Minister to claim a new international role, deepening cooperation with other developing countries while rebutting Western criticisms over human rights and environmental policies. The article charts broadly the ways in which these trends unfolded in politics, the economy, and international relations during 1992. -from Author

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