Managing Malaysia-Indonesia relations post-Mahathir years

Md Khalid, Khadijah and Yacob, Shakila (2009) Managing Malaysia-Indonesia relations post-Mahathir years. In: 67th MPSA Annual National Conference, 2-5 April 2009, Chicago, USA.

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This paper argues that Malaysia-Indonesia relations have become increasingly problematic and difficult to manage in a more liberal post-Mahathir era. Whilst government-to-government relations between the two countries have been testy or times even tumultuous over the past five decades or so, it is the recent deterioration in people-to-people relations, meaning the perceptions and attitudes that each nations'citizens have of each other, which is now a major cause of concern and the contention of this paper. Malaysia under new leadership, is very likely to be increasingly inward-looking, with Najib Razak seeking to gain legitimacy against the growing influence of the opposition coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim, and hence bilateral relations with Indonesia will eventually take a back seat. In effect, Malaysia's relationship with its most important ASEAN neighbour is facing significant challenges with growing domestic problems in both countries exacerbated by the current global economic uncertainties.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysia-Indonesia relations; Mahathir; politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Samsul Ismail
Date Deposited: 14 May 2014 07:17
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 02:23

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