On 24th of August 2016, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivered a keynote address on Federal-State relations at the 20th Perdana Discourse Series themed “The Federal & the States: Federal-State Relations in Malaysia”, organized by the Perdana Leadership Foundation. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad started his keynote address by going through the history of Malaya and subsequently Malaysia.
The following excerpts are taken from Perdana Discourse Series 20: Federal-States Relations with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
1. History of the Federation of Malaysia
Tun Dr. Mahathir talks about how the Malaysian Federation came about and explains how a central government works with the various states in the federation. He explains the reason why the central government in Malaysia is stronger than perhaps what was originally intended but also says that on the whole, being a federation has worked out well for Malaysia. Click here to view the video.
2. States Funding under the Federation
Tun Dr. Mahathir talks about how finances are handled between the central government and the states. He explains how it is necessary sometimes for the central government to provide special funding for certain poorer states in order for crucial infrastructure to be built. Click here to view the video.
3. Q&A Sessions
This podcast highlights a few of the more interesting questions put forward to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at the end of his keynote session at the 20th Perdana Discourse Series. The questions deal with the distribution of funds among states, Bangsa Johor, and the possibility of Penang being reclaimed by Kedah. Click here to view the video.
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