In Malaysia, government social spending is on the decline while policy debates on critical issues such as UBI remain suspended.
Creating land in the sea: the quest for greater state autonomy in Malaysia
Land reclamation initiatives seek to side-step national regimes which had previously constrained the autonomy of local governments.
The Malaysian economy faces turbulence abroad after regime change
The 'new Malaysia' challenge is to redefine its trade and industrial policies, and to work out where the new sources of growth and tax revenue can be, more so after the GST's removal.
New regimes, old policies and a bumiputera reboot
Will current levels of caution on Bumiputera policies persist, or will the new government seize the opportunity to reform? Will it remain fearful of being accused of sidelining Malays, or will it make Malays more capable and competitive?
Perpetual policy and its limited future as reforms stall
Reforming Bumiputera policy is a colossal project both rival coalitions are reluctant to tackle. Yet the political consensus, while striving to transcend ethnic policies in rhetoric, misconstrues and ignores the embedded preferential regime.
The TPP: Najib Razak’s Gordian Knot
The TPP is diametrically opposed to the government's economic philosophy. What are Premier Najib Razak's options?
The government still thinks it knows best
Can the Malaysian government implement the much needed economic reforms?
Malaysia – a multigear, multiengine economy
The answer to how Malaysia is doing depends on who is being asked, and when.