Giving federalism a future

By Tricia Yeoh

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Universiti Sains Malaysia's funding in 2009 was RM9oo million. Penang's state budget was RM477 million.
The Malayan Union of 1946 collapsed under pressure from the sultans and the United Malays National Organisation, and gave way to the Federation of Malaya in 1948. While the use of the term “federation” was an acknowledgement that the country was too diverse to be a union, central power continued growing, even after the Federation of Malaysia was formed in 1963.ALTHOUGH MALAYSIA officially practises federalism, the central government has over the years been tightening the terms of power-sharing across the...

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Tricia Yeoh

has previously worked with the Selangor state government and is now attached to a market research consultancy.