Economic Ripples of July’s Rally

By Bridget Welsh

September 2011 FEATURE
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The effects of Bersih 2.0 can be felt beyond politics.AS GLOBAL MARKET STOCKS rise and fall, bringing with them more financial uncertainty and a likely global slowdown at least for the short term, it is important to examine how political conditions within Malaysia affect its economic performance. In the days before the July 9 Bersih rally calling for electoral reforms, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak claimed that the peaceful demonstration would negatively affect the economy by portraying Malaysia as unstable. By...

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Bridget Welsh

Dr Bridget Welsh is associate professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University. She specialises in South-East Asian politics.