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Najib’s rise to power and the limits to ethnocracy in Malaysia

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Malaysia will have its sixth prime minister on April 3, 2009 in the person of Najib Abdul Razak, the new President of the United Malays National Organisation (Umno). But what sort of Malaysia can one expect under Najib? He is after all the son of the highly revered Tun Abdul Razak, who steered Malaysia through its troubled racial divisions and delivered ‘development’ to a fledging Malay-run democratic state – the only one of its kind in the world.  Will history repeat itself and will son, like father, take the country to greater heights? Johan Saravanamuttu  has his doubts.

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