Editors: Edmund Terence Gomez & John Saravanamuttu
Publisher: NUS Press, National University of Singapore and ISEAS Publishing, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
For more than 40 years, the New Economic Policy and its successor programs have shaped Malaysia’s socio-economic development and the allocation of political power. The original policy sought to eradicate poverty and achieve economic parity among the country’s various ethnic communities. However, it was based on an apparent paradox – the use of ethnic preference to promote national unity. The policy’s core tenet was affirmative action on behalf of the Bumiputera community. Drawing on a wealth of statistical and documentary evidence, this major new book provides a comprehensive and rigorous assessment of the NEP.
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