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Will the Najib Razak verdict be a watershed moment for Malaysia? Not in a system built on racial superiority

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Chin, J, Will the Najib Razak verdict be a watershed moment for Malaysia? Not in a system built on racial superiority, The Conversation, Australia, 30 July 2020, pp. 1-4. (2020) [Newspaper Article]


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Abstract

Malaysians are rejoicing the news this week that former Prime Minister Najib Razak has been found guilty on seven charges related to corruption and abuse of power, and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Many people want to see him (and his wife) jailed for the 1MDB financial scam, in which billions of dollars went missing from a government investment fund. Whether Najib will eventually end up in jail, though, is unclear. He will next file an appeal and the process could take more than a year to play out.

But there is a bigger question not being addressed in Malaysia. Does this verdict represents a watershed moment in Malaysian politics? Will Malaysian politics, or more precisely Malay politics, fundamentally change as a result of this monumental victory against corruption?

I would argue no.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Malaysia, Najib, politics, Sabah, Sarawak, secession, malaysia agreement
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Chin, J (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:145620
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Politics and International Relations
Deposited On:2021-07-28
Last Modified:2021-07-28
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