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BBC (May 10)

2018/ 05/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Mahathir Mohamad is on course to become the world’s oldest elected leader at 92, after a shock victory in Malaysia’s bitterly fought election” over his former protégé Najib Razak also “ousted the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has been in power since independence in 1957.”

 

New York Times (May 24)

2015/ 05/ 26 by jd in Global News

For today’s dictator, “soaring approval ratings are a more cost-effective path to dominance than terror.” While a few violent dictators still remain, there has been a sea change in methods. “A new brand of authoritarian government has evolved that is better adapted to an era of global media, economic interdependence and information technology.” So-called ‘soft’ dictators like Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Peru’s Alberto Fujimori and Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad  “concentrate power, stifling opposition and eliminating checks and balances, while using hardly any violence.”

 

Time (April 25)

2011/ 04/ 29 by jd in Global News

Time calls it “the China Effect.” As China prospers and internal demand generates an ever larger share of economic growth, low-skill manufacturing is being shifted to other Asian countries, including Vietnam, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand. “After ferociously sucking jobs and investment out of Southeast Asia over the past two decades, the China Effect is now lifting once declining industrial hubs like Penang out of their long economic slump.” The era with China as the world’s factory is beginning to come to an end.

Time calls it “the China Effect.” As China prospers and internal demand generates an ever larger share of economic growth, low-skill manufacturing is being shifted to other Asian countries, including Vietnam, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand. “After ferociously sucking jobs and investment out of Southeast Asia over the past two decades, the China Effect is now lifting once declining industrial hubs like Penang out of their long economic slump.” The era with China as the world’s factory is beginning to come to an end.

 

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