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Winter 1999

The Era of Soft Authoritarianism Is Over

Anwar Ibrahim is form Minister of Malaysia, now on trial for sedition and sodomy. This article appeared on Anwar's web site and in The Asian Wall Street Journal at the time of the APEC meeting in Kuala Lumpur in mid-November.

Kuala Lumpur - It is not normal to conduct economic discourse from behind prison walls. But these are not normal times in Malaysia, nor indeed in much of Asia. Detention has its benefits; solitude has given me time to pause and reflect on the reasons for Asia's economic decline and consider what remedies may be possible.

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