Malaysia is a country that seems to be in denial of the fact that structural and economic reform is necessary. Next door in neighbouring Singapore and Indonesia there is the acute awareness of the immense economic challenges that lie ahead for ASEAN as a whole, with the rise of China that is now the primary trading partner of countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.
…It is for this reason that many developing countries today are on the look-out for inclusive modes of governance to ensure that their societies can and will develop in toto, in tandem with all the respective components of that society. There is no sentimentality or even ethics in this consideration, but merely the coldest technocratic awareness that fragmented societies stand the biggest risk of falling apart in times of rapid socio-economic change.
Farish Ahmad-Noor @ othermalaysia.org