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An analysis of some underlying factors that affected Malaysia-Singapore relations during the Mahathir era

Omar, Rusdi and Gomez, James and Mohd Sani, Mohd Azizuddin and Mukhtaruddin, Mas Juliana and Rajanthiran, Sivaperegasam An analysis of some underlying factors that affected Malaysia-Singapore relations during the Mahathir era. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This research is an analysis of the underlying factors that influenced Malaysia-Singapore relations during the watershed period of Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981-2003). The study proposes that the bilateral tensions between Malaysia and Singapore were, to a large extent, affected by such things as the burden of historical baggage from their acrimonious parting in 1965, after a short period of unification; the differences between them in their perceptions and approaches in handling bilateral relations; and their political cultures and the leadership styles of their prime ministers, but for the purposes of the present study, specifically those of Mahathir and Lee Kuan Yew. Despite the strong underlying differences, the study argues, the two states have existed in a condition of interdependency in the post-1965 period. They have had to find ways in which to suppress the culturally- and historically-conditioned tensions in order to ensure their respective states’ economic growth and political and social development. As a result, we have the curious situation in which both Malaysia and Singapore have found ways of maintaining engagement. In doing so, they have avoided raising tensions to the point of conflict, and, indeed, been able to build bridges through consistent, and determined, application to their bilateral affairs. The study provides some explanations as why this should be the case.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mr. Che Hasan Hashim
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 03:35
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 03:35

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