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Launch of the paper titled “Reviving the Spirit of Federalism: Decentralisation Policy Options for a New Malaysia” by Tricia Yeoh



The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) will be launching a paper written by Tricia Yeoh, IDEAS Fellow, titled “Reviving the Spirit of Federalism: Decentralisation Policy Options for a New Malaysia” on 25 April 2019.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 25th April 2019
Time: 10am – 12pm
Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre,
Level 2, Chulan Tower, 2. Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur.

Up to 2008, the spirit of Malaysia’s federalism had all but faded, given the country’s highly centralised institutions and system of political economy. It was only when five states fell to the then national opposition Pakatan Rakyat that same year that the discussion of federal-state relations, especially within Peninsular Malaysia, began to take on a more interesting tone. The new Pakatan Harapan-led federal government following the watershed election of 9 May 2018 has seemingly followed up on its commitment to this end, by forming a Parliamentary Select Committee on Federal-State Relations in December 2018. These are positive steps in the right direction, but much more work will be required in order to truly restore the federalism spirit that formed the very basis of our nation. There is a risk of the new government behaving in similar ways as its predecessor did in the past, and it is all the more important now to re-examine Malaysia’s federal history in order that all states are given fair treatment regardless of the political leadership in power, for the sake of well-balanced regional growth and development and that of the nation at large. This paper aims to provide some administrative and fiscal decentralisation solutions as a basis of this urgent discussion.

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