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What Does The New Malaysia Look Like After 100 Days?

Next week, we will have reached the 100 day mark of the new Malaysian government.  So much has happened already, and a different Malaysia is emerging.   Is this the end of racial politics and institutional corruption?  Join us for a lively Q&A discussion on what the New Malaysia holds in store for us.


Prof James Chin, Director of Asia Institute Tasmania and regular contributor to Malaysiakini

I will examine the key challenges for the new Mahathir administration, which are the key political institutions, the economy and growth prospects, as well as political Islam and East Malaysia 




Prof Ferdinand Gul, Research Professor of Accounting and Finance, Deakin University

I will outline what to expect from the new Mahathir’s regime, and the implications in terms of more level economic playing field for investments, more political and commercial accountability and building stronger institutions. These changes are expected to facilitate growth and economic development. 




Dr Kerstin Steiner, Associate Professor La Trobe Law School, La Trobe University

My talk will feature two issues:  the 1MDB scandal and matters of Islam, law and the state.  There is a clear change from the previous government’s stance, but  it remains to be seen whether this change is sustainable. One thing is for sure though, in its typical way, Malaysia will move forward: with steps backwards, sideways and many roadblocks ahead. 




Felix Wong, President and Chair, Australia Malaysia Business Council Victoria

Is now a good time for Australian companies to be looking at Malaysia and ASEAN?  What are the implications of the new government on trade and investment between Malaysia and Australia?  I will explore these in the context of the growing market opportunities, upcoming trade agreements and existing people-to-people relationships. 




Join us as we explore these issues and discuss what has happened in the first 100 days.

Program for the evening:

  • Thursday, 23rd August 2018 (6 - 8.30 pm)
  • Presentations by the above panel
  • Q&A session
  • Networking drinks & canapes

Venue: Swinburne University of Technology (AGSE Building Room 202).

This event is likely to sell out very quickly - please book early to avoid disappointment!


This event is being co-hosted with Swinburne University of Technology, a valued Corporate Member of AMBC: