Malaysia's Political Awakening: A Call for US Leadership


John R. Malott

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 124


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: July 21, 2011
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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John R. Malott, former US Ambassador to Malaysia, writes that there is a tendency among Americans to hold an idealized image of Malaysia as a successful multi-racial and multi-religious paradise, an Asian economic dynamo, and a stable and moderate Muslim democracy. However, there has been a failure to notice the internal political changes unfolding within that country over the past few years, which culminated in the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9.

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