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Autonomy: Politics in Sarawak


Chin, JU, Autonomy: Politics in Sarawak, Reflections: The Mahathir Years, John Hopkins University Press, B Welsh (ed), Washington DC, pp. 240-251. ISBN 0615124879 (2004) [Research Book Chapter]

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By the end of his tenure, Mahathir had fundamentally changed political dynamics across the South China Sea. In Sabah, UMNO’s entry created a new political relationship with the federal government that increased its control over the long-standing troublesome state. In Sarawak, local leaders had managed to stave off federal control and remain autonomous. Under the leadership of Abdul Taib Mahmud, a Muslim Melanau, local parties dominated the political environment and the federal encroachment of parties, particularly UMNO, was checked. This autonomy, however, obscures significant changes that took place in Sarawak during the Mahathir years; changes that point to increasing contention among elites once Mahathir and his loyal ally, Taib, retire.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
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:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Chin, JU (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:99797
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-04-09
Last Modified:2017-08-08

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