From	Free	Port	to	Modern	Economy:	Economic	Development	and	Social	Change	in	Penang,	1969	to	1990	(From	Swamps	to	Semiconductors)
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From Free Port to Modern Economy: Economic Development and Social Change in Penang, 1969 to 1990 (From Swamps to Semiconductors)

by Rajah Rasiah

The 1950s saw Lim Chong Eu taking an increasingly central role in Malayan politics, moving from the exhilarating preparation for independence to him losing political influence by the end of the decade. The following decade saw him trying to revive his political fortunes, and finally succeeding at the ballot box in 1969. Becoming the Chief Minister of Penang State—retreating from national politics, as it were—provided him with the platform from which he would excel as nation builder and political leader. In the process, he contributed decisively to the industrialisation, not only of Penang but also of Malaysia as a whole. This collection of articles tells the story of how the declining fortunes of the port of Penang was turned around through daring and forceful leadership into the industrialised society that it is today.

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  • Publisher : Penang Institute / ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Publication Date : 2019-07-10
  • Product Code : 9789814843973C07

About Author

Rajah Rasiah

Rajah Rasiah is Distinguished Professor of International Development at the Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya.