The Tiger That Lost Its Roar – A Tale of Malaysia’s Political Economy

loading By Tony Pua Published by Democratic Action Party, Kuala Lumpur (2010) 335 pages

THIS BOOK BY Tony Pua, an Oxford-trained economist who currently is a Member of Parliament from the Democratic Action Party (DAP), is a collection of articles that were earlier carried largely in his blog. These focus primarily on the Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s mismanagement of the Malaysian economy and the country’s public finances.

Pua cites various examples including privatisation, the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ), the misallocation of subsidies, the misuse of petrodollars, the gap between policy intent and outcomes as seen in the New Economic Policy and its later variants, and the declining standard of education, among others.

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