Returning power to the people

By Francis Hutchinson, Ivy Kwek

November 2010 COVER STORY
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In a two-part special report, Francis Hutchinson and Ivy Kwek examine the nature of Malaysia’s federalism and how the relationship between state and federal governments can be enhanced for social and economic benefits.MALAYSIA'S FEDERALISM - A GOOD THING GOING TO WASTEBy Francis HutchinsonAt a time when rising economic giants such as China and India are discovering the benefits of federal devolution, Malaysia – born a federation but bred as a centralist state – is unwilling to revisit its own political...

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Francis Hutchinson

is a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Ivy Kwek

writes to seek answers. Her interests include socioeconomic development, politics and human rights issues.