Malaysia’s troubled state

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Malaysia is currently in crisis. The ringgit seems to be on an inexorable downhill slide, ethnic tensions have deteriorated from uncomfortable simmer to open flame, and both the government and opposition coalitions are unravelling. Malaysian politics and society have hit rough patches before; the dominant Umno fractures about once a decade, opposition parties fall in and out of love like teenagers, and cyclical economic downturns summon forth the usual host of scapegoats and bogeys. But this round is different: the pathology runs deep and wide, with no easy remedy.

Even describing the current crisis is difficult.


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