British Business in Post-Colonial Malaysia, 1957-70: Neo-colonialism or Disengagement?

1st Edition

Nicholas J. White

Routledge
Published July 13, 2012
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9780415646239 - CAT# Y143254
Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

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Summary

This book explores the limits of the idea of 'neo-colonialism' - the idea that in the period immediately after independence Malaya/Malaysia enjoyed only a 'pseudo-independence', largely because of the entrenched and dominant position of British business interests allied to indigenous elites. The author argues that, although British business did indeed have a strong position in Malaysia in this period, Malaysian politicians and administrators were able to utilise British business, which was relatively weak vis-a-vis the Malaysian state, for their own ends, at the same time as indigenous businesses and foreign, non-British competitors were gathering strength. In addition, despite the commitment of both Conservative and Labour governments in the UK to preserving British influence worldwide through the Commonwealth relationship, British firms in Malaysia received only limited support from the British post-imperial state.

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