9780415171434

Malaysian Politics Under Mahathir

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415171434

  • ISBN10:

    0415171431

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1999-03-31
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

As Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad has led Malaysia to a high rate of economic growth and a reduction of poverty. The recent economic crisis in Asia has put Mahathir's controversial rule under increasing scrutiny. This book examines Mahathir's character, his ideas and often despotic nature, relating them to Malaysia's social, economic and political context. It contrasts his success at managing ethnic tensions, policies of industrialization, modernization and foreign policy, with his failures in human rights, checking corruption and grandiose projects. While many believe that Mahathir's leadership accentuated the economic crisis, many also believe that he is the best one to lead the country out of it. Looking toward Malaysia's future, the authors also consider the political prospects of Mahathir's deputy, Anwar Ibrahim.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgements xi
List of acronyms
xii
Malaysian proper names and titles xv
Key dates xvi
Map 1 Southeast Asia
xvii
Map 2 Malaysia
xix
Introduction: leadership in Malaysia 1(7)
Malaysia: how Mahathir came to power
8(21)
Mahathir's assertion of executive power
29(21)
The economy and development
50(30)
Containing ethnic discontent
80(23)
Human rights
103(19)
Foreign policy
122(22)
The succession to Mahathir: Anwar Ibrahim
144(15)
Mahathir as Prime Minister
159(28)
Postscript 187(2)
Notes 189(21)
Further reading 210(7)
Index 217

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