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A synthetic model of the variety of industrial relations experiences is used to evaluate the types of role the state can play in the industrial relations of a group of Third World countries such as ASEAN. Such an approach avoids the unilinear and reductionist approaches of the right and the left, which by assimilating the state to the economy, totally neglect the importance of class struggles and political "bargaining" which affects bureaucratic controls even in the most corporatist state. Thus an understanding of the dynamics of industrial relations in any country can be gained only through relating these descriptive categories to specific historical and economic contexts in the development experience of a country: no a priori explanations can be offered. This paper examines the historical influences on the Malaysian industrial relations system and discusses the current state and likely trends in industrial relations within the above framework of analysis.

This chapter attempts to shed some light on the impact of privatisation in the Malaysian water sector by employing a quantitative based empirical analysis. Malaysia is useful country case study on the impact of privatisation in the water sector. There is a variety of forms of institutions in its water sector – full privatisation, partial privatisation and state. The country is also a developing economy, with a significant rural area where access to treated water continues to be serious problem. Thus, the Malaysian water sector provides an opportunity for an empirical test of the impact of privatisation in a developing economy. Finally, this is the first study of the Malaysian water sector using household expenditure data.  Publication:  UNRISD project on “Social Policy, Regulation and Private Sector Involvement in Water Supply”.  Author:  Lee, Hong Kim Cassey.

The article examines the impact of regional disparities on Malaysia's national economic growth. These disparities are visibly predominant in the agricultural sector, followed by the manufacturing and service industries. In recognition of the inequalities, the Malaysian government has adopted balanced regional development as the main objective of its development program. In an attempt to attain the objective, there has been a substantial transfer of resources from the more-developed to the less-developed regions. It has adopted a regionalist policy from a position of comparative economic strength such as high per capita income, a period of sustained economic growth, a relatively well-developed infrastructure, substantial foreign exchange reserves, and a capability to mobilize domestic capital.

This report outlines monthly data of Malaysia's economic condition.

Author: Wong, ChayNee. Publication: MIERScan, 28 May 2007.

Introduction: When talks emerged last year about expanding the air services agreement (ASA) between Malaysia and Singapore, industry observers took this as a sign that the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route will be finally made available to other airlines, putting an end to the long-held stranglehold by ‘duopoly’, Malaysian Airlines System (MAS), which owns Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA). Aviation analysts say that it is about time that Malaysia and Singapore open up the much-guarded route. The existing ASA was last reviewed nearly 30 years ago. Since then, all air traffic rights for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore sector has been fully used up. As a result, new carriers were unable to service this route.

Budget airlines have been lobbying for the decades-old agreement to be dismantled, arguing that low-cost carriers (LCCs) will promote healthy competition, maximise efficiency, and ultimately, passing on gains to travellers through lower airfares. For travellers, this is indeed terrific news. Especially when they have to fork out over RM800 for a round-trip ticket, inclusive of fees and taxes, just for a mere 40minute ride.

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