January 14, 2014

The Word That's Pulling Malaysia Apart

William Pesek, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

Malaysia advertises itself as a vibrant beacon of multiculturalism and tolerance. But if UMNO really wanted to broaden its appeal, why not give all Malaysians the same opportunities? What about going further to cut red tape, or fostering entrepreneurship to create better-paying jobs? Unlike South Korea and Taiwan, Malaysia’s per-capita income hasn’t gotten far enough above the $10,000 mark for comfort. Instead of doing the hard stuff to break out of this middle-income trap, and to address a widening gap between rich and poor, the ruling party is resorting once again to ethnic chauvinism.

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TAGGED: Najib Razak, Malaysia